Feline Acupuncture

Live Beyond 9 Lives™️

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Acupuncture with Dr. Laura most weekdays in the clinic or as a house call!

In efforts to continue our theme of helping your cat “Live Beyond 9 Lives™️”, acupuncture can be a great non-invasive addition to your cat’s healthcare plan. By incorporating eastern and western medicine, you can help your cat be more comfortable and increase the quality of their years.

Acupuncture can be used in conjunction with long-term pain management, arthritis, asthma, allergies, chronic kidney disease and liver problems. Acupuncture can also be useful for acute problems like a sprain or an isolated gastrointestinal issue. As it does with humans, acupuncture eases the side effects of radiation and chemotherapy in cats that require cancer treatments. For our aging feline friends, acupuncture can provide comfort and relief from pain and stiffness, increasing their quality of life and even their energy level.

Appointment time and frequency can vary from cat to cat and depend on the issue, but typically your first visit would be 1 hour, and follow ups would be about 30 minutes.

Common Conditions Treated

Musculoskeletal problems: back pain, arthritis/degenerative joint disease, muscle soreness

Neurological disorders: weakness and paralysis resulting from intervertebral disk trauma, spinal or nerve problems

Gastrointestinal conditions: diarrhea, vomiting, constipation, ulcers, inflammatory bowel disease

Other chronic conditions not responding to conventional therapy, including (but by no means limited to):

  • skin allergies and dermatitis
  • lick granulomas
  • epilepsy
  • respiratory conditions
  • hormonal imbalances
  • infertility
  • internal organ dysfunction

Prevention of disease and promotion of well-being, geriatric support, and performance enhancement.

What can you expect at your first appointment?

For the first appointment, Dr. Laura will do an initial exam and consultation to determine your cat’s specific needs and devise a treatment plan. The appointment will include the first treatment and will last about an hour. The initial appointment is followed by a commitment to at least 3-5 weekly treatments which are 30-40 minutes long. A single treatment may be enough for an acute condition. A series of 3-10 treatments can resolve many chronic problems. Some degenerative conditions may continue to need repeated treatments over time.

If you are not sure if acupuncture is right for your cat, you can also schedule an abbreviated acupuncture consultation with Dr. Laura to discuss the case and your goals.

What can you expect at your first appointment?

For the first appointment, Dr. Laura will do an initial exam and consultation to determine your cat’s specific needs and devise a treatment plan. The appointment will include the first treatment and will last about an hour. The initial appointment is followed by a commitment to at least 3-5 weekly treatments which are 30-40 minutes long. A single treatment may be enough for an acute condition. A series of 3-10 treatments can resolve many chronic problems. Some degenerative conditions may continue to need repeated treatments over time.

If you are not sure if acupuncture is right for your cat, you can also schedule an abbreviated acupuncture consultation with Dr. Laura to discuss the case and your goals.

Acupuncture FAQs

Acupuncture is the practice of inserting very fine needles into specific, predetermined points on the body to produce physiologic responses. Modern research shows that acupoints are located where there are high densities of nerves, immune cells, and small blood and lymphatic vessels. As more studies are conducted, the mechanism of this ancient therapy will be better understood.
95% of animal patients are comfortable with acupuncture therapy. Some cats will even fall asleep during treatment.
Acupuncture is very safe when administered by a qualified and certified practitioner. There are no negative side effects unlike many Western drugs.
The points used in acupuncture vary according to the condition being treated. Each point has specific actions when stimulated. When different points are used in combination, the results may be tailored to the specific problems being addressed.
“Herbs, chiropractic therapy, massage, diet, homeopathy, and various other forms of complementary medicine are available to veterinary patients. There are several holistic veterinarians in our area that we can refer you to if needed.

Acupuncture FAQs

Acupuncture is the practice of inserting very fine needles into specific, predetermined points on the body to produce physiologic responses. Modern research shows that acupoints are located where there are high densities of nerves, immune cells, and small blood and lymphatic vessels. As more studies are conducted, the mechanism of this ancient therapy will be better understood.
95% of animal patients are comfortable with acupuncture therapy. Some cats will even fall asleep during treatment.
Acupuncture is very safe when administered by a qualified and certified practitioner. There are no negative side effects unlike many Western drugs.
The points used in acupuncture vary according to the condition being treated. Each point has specific actions when stimulated. When different points are used in combination, the results may be tailored to the specific problems being addressed.

Herbs, chiropractic therapy, massage, diet, homeopathy, and various other forms of complementary medicine are available to veterinary patients. There are several holistic veterinarians in our area that we can refer you to if needed.