Dr. Hueston - Westminster Veterinary GroupDr. Hueston – Acupuncture

Who Benefits from Acupuncture?

Any Pet!

How Does Acupuncture Work?

Natural Chemicals are released:

  • Beta endorphin – sense of “well-being” and immune system regulation
  • Enkephalin – pain modulation and immune system regulation
  • Endomorphin – pain and stress
  • Dynorphin – pain


Overall these chemicals:

  • Reduce pain, inflammation, and sympathetic hyperactivity
  • Modulate immunity and support a healthy psychoneuroimmunological state

 

 
 

What can acupuncture help treat?

Orthopedic issues

  • Osteoarthritis (arthritis, hip dysplasia, old injuries)
  • Muscle (sprains, strains, muscle imbalances)
  • Ligament injuries
  • Lameness
Skin Disorders

  • Allergies
  • Immune system disorders
  • Endocrine disorders
  • Hot spots/lick granulomas

     
Digestive
Tract Disorders
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Constipation
  • Poor appetite

     

     

Heart Disorders

  • Heart failure (as an adjunctive therapy)
  • Immune Disorders
Urinary Tract
Disease
  • Urinary Incontinence
  • Cystitis
  • FLUTD
  • Bladder and Kidney disease
Allergies

  • Inflammatory bowel disease
  • Autoimmune disorders
  • Respiratory Disease
  • Sinusitis
  • Coughing
  • Bronchitis
  • Asthma
  • Pneumonia

 

Reproduction
  • Irregular heat cycles
  • Cystic Ovaries
  • False Pregnancies
  • Poor Sperm Count
  • Prostatitis/Epididymitis
Cancer
  • Adjunct to chemo (nausea and other side effects)
  • Adjunct to pain treatment
  • Good paliative treatment
Ears and Eyes
  • Otitis
  • Conjunctivitis

 

 

 
 

Electroacupuncture vs. Dry Needling

 

Electroacupuncture (EA)

Benefits:

Allows for electric current to pass through tissues to allow for greater stimulation and thus greater response.

Negatives

Generally tolerated well, but some patients will not tolerate it

Dry Needling

Benefits:

Still allows for much benefit and response from the patient

Generally tolerated by most patients

Negatives

Not as much stimulation as generated by EA