Acupuncture has been practiced in Chinese medicine for over 2,000 years. It involves placing long and thin needles at strategic spots on the body to induce certain therapeutic effects. It can be used in conjunction with conventional veterinary medicine for pets who experience certain conditions and injuries.
Dr. Andrew Sparling is a Certified Veterinary Acupuncturist and has been treating patients using specialized techniques for the last several years. If you have an interest in Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine and acupuncture, please call the clinic to find out more.
Acupuncture is appropriate for many dogs and cats, as well as many situations. It can safely be used to treat inflammation, as well as a variety of other health conditions. Pets with arthritis, digestive problems, kidney disease, hip dysplasia, epilepsy, asthma, movement difficulties and certain neurological disorders can all benefit from acupuncture.
What are the benefits of acupuncture in pets?
Acupuncture can enhance your pet’s blood circulation, which can improve their ability to heal from injuries and other physical strains. By stimulating the nervous system, it can have pain-relieving effects.
Are there any side effects to pet acupuncture?
There are no negative side effects for acupuncture in pets. The needles used are thinner than needles for vaccinations, so pets usually experience zero to minimal discomfort. At your next visit to our hospital, we can explore ways to incorporate acupuncture into your pet’s treatment plan.
With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective May 25, 2020 the restrictions on veterinary practices have been lifted. Based on these changes, below are some important updates to our operating policies.
1. WE CAN NOW SEE ALL CASES BY APPOINTMENT ONLY
This includes vaccines, wellness exams, blood work, spays and neuters, dental services, and more!
2. SAFETY MEASURES TO KEEP EVERYONE SAFE
Continue our "closed waiting room" policy to protect our clients and staff. When you arrive, please remain outside the hospital and use your cell phone to call us. We will take a history of your pet's health and discuss any concerns. A staff member will then meet you outside to bring your pet into the hospital for an examination. The Veterinarian will call you to discuss the recommended treatment plan. After your appointment, a staff member will return your pet to you outside, and take care of any needed medications and payment.
Continue the use of credit cards as the preferred payment method.
Continue with curbside pickup of food and medication (unless you have used our online store and are having your order delivered directly to your home). To place an order through our online store, visit our website and click on "Online Store".
3. ONLINE CONSULTATIONS ARE AVAILABLE
If you wish to connect with a veterinarian via message, phone or video, visit our website and follow the "Online Consultation" link.
4. OPERATING HOURS
We are OPEN with the following hours:
Monday to Friday: 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Saturday: 8:00 am - 12:00 pm
5. NEW PET OWNERS
Have you welcomed a new furry family member to your home? We’d love to meet them! Visit our Must Know New Pet Owner Information page for useful resources and helpful recommendations for new pet owners.
Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!
- Your dedicated team at Osgoode Veterinary Servicesl