Acupuncture is a centuries old holistic therapeutic technique that has been used to stimulate healing and provide pain relief. Animal Hospital of Onslow County is pleased to offer the treatment option of veterinary acupuncture to pet owners in Jacksonville, Midway Park, and Hubert, North Carolina. Acupuncture involves the insertion of needles into specific points on the body to stimulate nerves, increase blood circulation, relieve muscle spasms, and cause the release of hormones that act as the body’s natural pain killers. This type of therapy can help to 'reset' the nervous system and is commonly used for a variety of painful conditions and lamenesses.

At Animal Hospital of Onslow County, our practiced veterinarian uses acupuncture to treat small animals that may be experiencing arthritis, neck and back pain, intervertebral disc disease, hip dysplasia, ACL tears, paralysis, and post surgical rehabilitation. It also works well for respiratory problems such as feline asthma, skin problems such as allergic dermatitis, and gastrointestinal problems such as diarrhea.

Acupuncture is nearly painless for small animals. Once the needles are gently inserted into the skin and are in place, most animals fall asleep or experience deep relaxation. The length and number of treatments depends upon the condition of the patient. Sometimes, Western veterinary medications may be administered to help the patient until the benefits from acupuncture can be fully achieved and appreciated. Some animals will need 4-6 visits before the owner can recognize any change in the pet, however, it is not unusual for results to be noticed as soon as the first visit.

Our experienced veterinarian at Animal Hospital of Onslow County will evaluate your pet’s condition to determine if acupuncture will be an effective treatment, and if so, will apply it along with Western medications and techniques as necessary. Please call today if you are interested in this service for your pet.