ALL NATURAL VETERINARY
Providing acupuncture services for all species
All Natural Veterinary Care is our sister practice, owned and operated by Dr. Catherine Lindstrand. Dr. Lindstrand is certified to practice acupuncture on all species by the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society. At All Natural Veterinary Care, we offer acupuncture services to all species, including but not limited to cats, dogs, and horses. All Natural Veterinary Care has its own outside entrance located next door to Isabella Cat Clinic, and we ask that clients utilize this entrance in order to keep Isabella Cat Clinic a feline exclusive environment.
What is acupuncture and how does it work?
Most simply stated, acupuncture is the stimulation of certain points on the body to achieve a healing affect by altering biochemistry and physiology. It is a means for the body to heal itself. Acupuncture is very old medicine; it has been used successfully for 4000 years by many cultures. As a matter of fact, it is still the treatment of choice for one quarter of the world’s population. Chinese philosophy believes that disease is an imbalance of energy called Qi (pronounced chee). Acupuncture treatments restore the natural balance in the body and the animal heals itself. Acupuncture can be used by itself or in conjunction with western medicine.
An acupuncture point is an area of free nerve endings, mast cells, blood and lymphatic vessels. Stimulation of these points induces release of neurotransmitters and neurohormones. Basically the central nervous system affects the musclo-skeletal, endocrine and cardiovascular systems. How it works depends on what disease is being treated and what points are being used. Endorphins are released which relieve pain, relieves muscle spasms, stimulates nerves, stimulates the immune system, and reduces inflammation and several other beneficial effects.
What are the benefits of acupuncture for animals?
Acupuncture can be a beneficial treatment for a variety of conditions. Acupuncture can help relieve the pain and inflammation associated with arthritis, hip dysplasia, and spinal disc disease, as well as general pain caused by injury, disease, and age. Acupuncture is also a beneficial treatment for the relief of gastrointestinal, neurologic, respiratory and cardiac problems. It is also useful for stimulating the appetite, stimulating and maintaining the immune system and controlling nausea in cancer patients.
How many treatments will my pet need and how long do they take?
The length and frequency of treatments depends on the condition being treated and the method of acupuncture. Several different methods of point stimulation may be used, such as dry needle, electro-stimulation, aqua puncture, laser or moxa. A simple acute problem such as a sprain may only take one treatment. Chronic conditions may require several or several dozen treatments. When multiple treatments are necessary, they usually begin intensively and are tapered to maximum efficiency. Patients often start with 1-3 treatments a week. A positive response is often seen after 1-3 treatments. Once a maximum positive response is achieved (usually after 4-8 treatments), treatments are tapered off so that the greatest amount of symptom free time elapses between them. Many animals with chronic conditions can taper off to 2-4 treatments per year.
Is treatment painful?
The acupuncture needles are very thin and small. It is virtually painless. The larger needles for large animals may cause some pain as the needle passes through the skin. In all animals, once the needles are in place, there should be no pain. Most animals relax and may sleep. People occasionally report a heavy sensation or a tingling sensation and may be uncomfortable.
Call 989.444.4001 to schedule an appointment!
Home visits and farm calls are available for animals that cannot make it into the clinic. Please note additional fees may apply.