Now offering pet acupuncture at Haslett Animal Hospital!
Dr. Wagner has recently completed a rigorous training program through the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society (IVAS). She has already treated several patients with positive results.
Acupuncture is known to be among the oldest medical procedures in recorded history, while animal acupuncture is slightly less ancient. The original theories of traditional Chinese medicine formed the basis of acupuncture—needling certain spots on the body regulated the flow of “Chi” (energy), which flowed through and nourished the tissues and organs. (This information derived from the AAVA, or the American Academy of Veterinary Acupuncture.)
Acupuncture works by inserting tiny sterile, disposable needles into specific points. Chemicals are then released in the muscles, spinal cords, and brain. These chemicals can change the perception of pain and lead to the release of other chemicals and mediators that influence organ function, thus stimulating healing.
Acupuncture is often used as an adjunct to Western conventional medicine.
Acupuncture can be used in a variety of medical conditions, but is very effective for the alleviation of chronic pain caused by conditions such as degenerative joint disease and certain nerve injuries. It is widely accepted in both human and veterinary medicine. The American Veterinary Medical Association has accepted and recognized acupuncture as a veterinary specialty since 2014.
If you have further questions, or wonder if veterinary acupuncture may be an option for your pet, please feel free to contact Dr. Wagner at (517) 339-9555.