Clay County Humane Society is now excited to offer acupuncture as an additional treatment modality in order to provide the best and most complete care for your pets. Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine (TCVM) – specifically acupuncture – can be incorporated with conventional medicine for a multi-modal treatment plan that will treat improve the quality of life for your pet from head to toe. There are several conditions that can benefit from acupuncture treatments, including osteoarthritis and degenerative joint disease, neurologic diseases (including intervertebral disc disease, fibrocartilagenous embolisms and seizure disorders) and generalized pain management. In contrast to invasive surgery and most conventional medications, there are minimal side effects and very few contraindications for acupuncture.
Similar to human medicine, veterinary acupuncture utilizes placement of very small needles in acupuncture points throughout the body to release natural endorphins and opioid receptors within the body to enhance healing and pain management. Most dogs and cats behave extremely well for their acupuncture treatments; many become extremely relaxed, and some even fall asleep! Depending on the underlying disease process, patients may require anywhere from a short series of treatment sessions to lifelong management for chronic conditions and quality of life management. Every pet and every patient are different; please contact us or call (904) 276-7729 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Jessie Burgess, Certified Veterinary Rehabilitation Therapist, Canine Rehabilitation Institue.