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CANINE, FELINE AND EQUINE ACUPUNCTURE- FAYETTEVILLE-SOUTHERN PINES-VASS-SANFORD-FORT BRAGG-PINEHURST
Dr. Commerford utilizes veterinary acupuncture to reduce pain and improve recovery from acute and chronic conditions such as back pain, arthritis, anxiety, post operative pain, soft tissue injuries (muscle, tendon, ligament tears), lameness, neurological disease, behavioral challenges, gastrointestinal disease and more. Most patients enjoy their treatments and willingly lay or stand still for needle placement and duration of therapy- many will often snooze during treatment as they feel better as their pain starts to lessen. We provide dog, cat and horse acupuncture in the comfort of your home or barn.
What is equine, canine and feline veterinary acupuncture?
Acupuncture points lie along the body's meridian channels, through which Qi flows. When Qi accumulates at specific acupuncture points, pain and/or disease occur. Acupuncture treatment consists of stimulating specific acupuncture points to relieve this stagnation with very small needles. For painful conditions such as arthritis or back pain, electroacupuncture is used to stimulate the points to release pain relieving endorphins as well as to stimulate the body to slow down the progression of disease. Electroacupuncture involves placing acupuncture needles and then running a low level of electricity to the points. This is very similar to the feeling of a TENS unit that humans use on their skin surface. Most animals will become very relaxed during electroacupuncture due to the endorphin release.
What types of conditions can be treated with veterinary acupuncture?
Painful conditions such as osteoarthritis, intervertebral disc disease, back pain and tendon/ligament injuries such as cruciate disease are some of the most commonly treated conditions. There are many other conditions that also respond well to holistic total chinese veterinary medicine such as urinary incontinence, anhidrosis (non-sweating in horses), post- operative pain, gastrointestinal disease and behavior problems such as separation anxiety. We utilize acupuncture as an adjunct treatment in patients with cancer to help control pain and aid their appetite. In the Chinese culture acupuncture is used to maintain wellness as well as to treat disease/ injury and ideally patients should be examined at least twice a year to see if minor issues are starting that can be addressed before they become a major concern. This is particularly important for athletic and geriatric animals.
How many treatments are needed?
For wellness care we generally recommend 2-4 treatments per year. For horses and dogs that are in hard work and/or showing frequently we recommend having them evaluated every two to three months so that issues such as back or joint pain can be caught and addressed early, before it causes a performance problem or overt lameness.
When treating an injury or disease the frequency depends on the nature and severity of the injury/disease as well as the duration. Acute conditions generally respond more rapidly than longer standing issues. At the time of the first examination and treatment Dr. Commerford can discuss your pet's individual needs.
What does equine, canine or feline acupuncture cost?
Horse acupuncture: Initial visit with brief exam and acupuncture $125; follow up appointment within 3 months receives a $25 discount ($100).
Dog and cat acupuncture: Initial visit with brief exam and review of relevant medical history $105; follow up appointment within 3 months receives a $20 discount ($85).
Canine, equine or feline acupuncture and chiropractic at the same visit= 10% off both services
Trip fee is in addition and based on distance. We provide dog, cat and horse acupuncture services to pets residing in Aberdeen, Cameron, Carthage, Dunn, Fayetteville, Fort Bragg, Hope Mills, Lillington, Pinehurst, Raeford, Sanford, Southern Pines, Spring Lake, West End and Whispering Pines, NC.
The following link provides excellent information regarding more conditions that can be treated with acupuncture: