What is Integrated Veterinary Medicine? Why are people searching for an Integrated Veterinarian?
While it’s quite well-known that acupuncture can help alleviate the ailments of many humans, few people understand what acupuncture can do for animals as a complimentary or an integrated veterinary service. Veterinary acupuncture is a medical option that can help restore your animals’ health, ease pains, help treat many disease symptoms and treat internal disease.
One of the great things about veterinary acupuncture is that it can be used as a complementary or integrated medical treatment. That means you don’t have to toss out your “go-to” medicine. You can stick to what you know, and add acupuncture to a Service or Assistant animal’s health regime for extra health benefits.
Kindred-Canines in Motion (KIM) understands that your dog’s health is of the utmost importance, especially if this animal helps ease the difficulties of daily tasks. Kindred-canines In Motion appreciates and advocates for the benefits of veterinary acupuncture. These additional veterinary services can help Service and Assistance dogs overcome numerous health and mobility obstacles.
What Is Veterinary Acupuncture?
Traditional Chinese Veterinary Acupuncture (TCVM) has been practiced in China for at least 2,500 years. Interest and activity spread to other Asian countries including Japan and Korea about 1,500 years ago. During the past 25 to 30 years, there has been tremendous growth and development of veterinary acupuncture in Europe and the United States. Acupuncture has been used for treatment of diseases in horses, cattle, dogs, and cats.
Acupuncture may be defined as the stimulation of a specific point on the body referred to as an “acupoint.” Physiological changes in response to acupuncture point stimulation is the basis of clinical treatment.
Some of these responses include release of endogenous opioids, immune system stimulation, blood pressure regulation and body temperature regulation. Thus, many techniques have been developed to stimulate “acupoints” such as dry-needle, moxibustion, electro-acupuncture, aqua-acupuncture, hemo-acupuncture, acu-pressure, and pneumo-acupuncture. the stimulation of a specific point on the body referred to as an “acupoint.” Physiological changes in response to acupuncture point stimulation is the basis of clinical treatment.
Kindred-Canines In Motion, has a special mission to apply the applications of veterinary acupuncture to the following areas in which acupuncture has proved to yield tremendous benefit : 1) Pain Management, 2) Geriatric Medicine and 3) Sports Medicine and “Working Dog” needs.
Why offer Acupuncture to Service and Assistance Dogs?
Maintaining your dog’s health should be a priority. Particularly if you have a Service or Assistance dog – one that has undergone much training and has helped you in so many ways. Although they may not be the first medical methods you think of, TCVM can help you do just that.