We are proud to have had our veterinary acupuncture services featured in The Toronto Star!
On paws and needles: How pet acupuncture can get a dog to smile
Bloorcourt Veterinary Clinic has a long history as a pioneering provider of pet acupuncture in Toronto. Our current acupuncturist is Dr. Mark Kinghorn. Dr. Mark is a Certified Veterinary Acupuncturist and combines veterinary acupuncture with Western veterinary medicine in order to achieve the best outcomes for our patients.
What Can Veterinary Acupuncture Do for My Dog or Cat?
- Veterinary acupuncture stimulates the release of the body’s own pain relieving and anti-inflammatory substances.
- Relaxation of muscles at the site of needle insertion and more distant locations body is achieved with veterinary acupuncture treatment, creating both a local and generalized pain relieving effect.
- Veterinary acupuncture improves tissue blood flow, oxygenation, and removal of metabolic wastes and toxins.
- Veterinary acupuncture does not have potential adverse side effects for your pet’s internal organs.
- Your pet’s medications or supplements will not adversely interact with veterinary acupuncture treatment; therefore it can safely be used to treat a variety of illnesses.
How Does Veterinary Acupuncture Work?
The goal of acupuncture is to promote the body to heal itself. From a Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine (TCVM) perspective, veterinary acupuncture encourages healing by correcting energy imbalances in the body. Acupuncture enhances blood circulation, nervous system stimulation, and the release of anti-inflammatory and pain relieving hormones.
Acupuncture involves the insertion of needles into body tissue where nerve bundles and blood vessels come together. These collections of nervous and vascular tissue are termed acupuncture points, which course over all aspects of the body’s surface on meridians (energy channels). The meridians permit a cycle of energy to occur throughout the entire body over the course of the day’s 24 hours.