How Acupuncture Treats Anxiety In Pets

Acupuncture can be used to treat many ailments in pets including arthritis, cancer, and joint pain. It can also be used to treat anxiety in pets. It has been discovered that acupuncture reduces the physical symptoms of anxiety without the side effects of medication. This means that a pet may not need additional medication in order to reduce their anxiety and experience relief from their symptoms or even eliminate them completely.

What is Anxiety in Pets?

The same as humans, pets also feel anxiousness and stress. When our pets are experiencing anxiety, we want to do everything we can to help them. If you’re trying to decide between medication or acupuncture for your pet, then learning more about how acupuncture works can help you make an informed decision.

What is Acupuncture for Pets?

There are two main reasons to try acupuncture for pets. The first is that it can work as a pain reliever and anti-inflammatory, which makes it useful for treating arthritis and muscle problems. Additionally, acupuncture can be used to treat symptoms of anxiety in dogs and cats by helping them relax. This is done by inserting very thin needles into various points on your pet’s body. While acupuncture may not completely eliminate your pet’s stress or anxiety, it can help him or her cope with these feelings more effectively.

How Does Acupuncture Help Pets With Anxiety?

Though not quite as common, some pets can suffer from anxiety or other mental health issues. Whether it’s a new pet parent, or an existing pet owner who is concerned about his or her dog’s behavior, visiting a vet is usually suggested to help determine what may be causing anxiety in your pet. A holistic approach may be best for treating anxiety in pets.

Acupuncture vs. Medication

The goal of treating anxiety in pets is to relieve symptoms so that a pet doesn’t have to be on medication. One of the best ways to treat anxiety in dogs and cats is with acupuncture. Medication can work, but there are side effects (sometimes severe), and it doesn’t cure anything.

Contact Dr. Kendra Pope today for all your pet acupuncture questions!