Acupuncture may be defined as the insertion of needles into specific points on the body to produce a healing response. Each acupuncture point has specific actions when stimulated. This technique has been used in veterinary practice in China for thousands of years to treat many ailments. The Chinese also use acupuncture as preventative medicine. Acupuncture is used all around the world, either along or in conjunction with Western medicine, to treat a wide variety of conditions in every species of animal. Clinical research has been conducted showing positive results in the treatment of both animals and humans, and the use of acupuncture is increasing. Acupuncture will not cure every condition, but it can work very well when it is indicated.
Dr. Amanda Tichy DVM, CVA is a licensed acupuncturist who has been helping pets with her acupuncture skills at Framingham Animal Hospital since 2012.
If you have any questions or wish to pursue acupuncture for your pet, please contact the hospital. The first session consists of an acupuncture consult as well as the acupuncture itself. This appointment takes about an hour. Subsequent acupuncture appointments take 25-40 minutes.