We offer veterinary Acupuncture appointments with Dr. Marketa Sattran. Dr. Sattran joined our team part-time in 2009. She is a graduate of Veterinary medicine from the Ontario Veterinary College. She is trained in traditional Chinese medicine and is a member of The International Veterinary Acupuncture Society since 1996.
Pet acupuncture may be defined as the insertion of needles into specific points on the body to cause a desired healing effect. This technique has been used in veterinary practice in China for at least 3000 years to treat many ailments. Acupuncture is used all over the world, either by itself or in conjunction with Western medicine, to treat a wide variety of maladies in every species of domestic animal and in exotic animals. Modern veterinary acupuncturists use solid needles, hypodermic needles, bleeding needles, electricity, heat, massage, and low power lasers to stimulate acupuncture points. Acupuncture is not a cure-all but can work very well when it is indicated.
For which condition is acupuncture indicated?
Acupunture is indicated mainly for functional problems such as those that involve paralysis and pain. For small animals, the following are some general conditions which may be treated with acupuncture:
- Musculoskeletal problems, such as arthritis or neurologic problems such as vertebral disc pathology.
- Respiratory problems, such as feline asthma
- Gastrointestinal problems, such as diarrhea
- Selected reproductive problems
How does Acupuncture work?
According to ancient Chinese medical philosophy, disease is the result of an imbalance of energy in the body. Acupuncture is believed to balance this energy and, thereby, assist the body to heal disease. In Western terms, acupuncture can assist the body to heal itself by affecting certain physiological changes. For example, acupuncture can stimulate nerves, increase blood circulation, relieve muscle spasm, and cause the release of hormones such as endorphins (one of the body’s pain control chemicals) and cortisol ( a natural steroid). Although many of acupuncture’s physiological effects have been studied, many more are still unknown. Further research must be done to discover all of acupuncture’s effects and its proper uses in veterinary medicine.
Is pet acupuncture painful/safe?
For small animals, the insertion of acupuncture needles is virtually painless. Once the needles are in place, there should be no pain. Most animals become very relaxed and may even become sleepy. Nevertheless, acupuncture treatment may cause some sensation, presumed to be those such as tingles, cramps or numbness which can occur in humans and which may be uncomfortable to some animals. Most of our patients will lay down with their owners holding them and take a nap during the treatment. Acupunture is one of the safest forms of medical treatment for animals when it is administered by a properly trained veterinarian.
How should I choose an acupuncturist for my animal?
There are two important criteria you should look for in a veterinary acupuncturist:
1. Your veterinary acupuncturist must be a licensed veterinarian.
2. Your veterinary acupuncturist should have formal training in the practice of acupuncture for animals.
Tsawwassen Animal Hospital
Dr. Marketa Sattran
Tsawwassen Animal Hospital offers veterinary Acupuncture appointments with Dr. Marketa Sattran. Dr. Sattran joined our team part-time in 2009. She is a graduate of Veterinary medicine from the Ontario Veterinary College. She is trained in traditional Chinese medicine and is a member of The International Veterinary Acupuncture Society since 1996.