Canine and feline acupuncture is a minimally-invasive way to help resolve acute and chronic pain in pets. It is often used as part of an integrative pain management plan, alongside other therapy and medications. Dr. Byl completed her certification in canine and feline acupuncture from Curacore in 2019, and she is one of the only veterinarians in our area providing this service.
History of Acupuncture:
Medical acupuncture is a therapeutic method that usually involves the insertion of fine, sterile needles. Modern medical practitioners developed medical acupuncture as an adaptation of Chinese acupuncture. Instead of relying on inexact metaphors to describe the body's responses to treatment, Dr. Byl employs current knowledge of anatomy, physiology, and pathology, all in keeping with evidence-based medicine. The medical acupuncture that Dr. Byl was trained on emphasizes the importance of a type of physical examination called "myofascial palpation" that allows the doctor to determine the location and sources of discomfort and dysfunction.
Does it hurt?
The needles are very small and only cause minimal discomfort for most patients. We try to distract them with extra tasty treats during their acupuncture sessions!
How does acupuncture work?
During the treatment, needles are placed near nerves, blood vessels or muscle junctions which then stimulate the nerves to send signals to the brain to release neural hormones such as endorphins. This can provide immediate pain relief for some conditions!
How many treatments will my pet need?
Some ailments can be improved with just one treatment, but most chronic conditions will require multiple treatments. At the first exam, Dr. Byl will make an assessment of your pet to determine how many follow-up treatments may be needed.
For more information, or to schedule a consult with Dr. Byl to discuss pain relief treatments for your pet, please click to request an appointment below or call us at (605) 371-3791.