Acupuncture & Holistic Care

.The doctors at Aspen Arbor understand that not everyone wants to treat their pets with traditional pharmaceutical pain management, that is why we also offer holistic pain management options.

Acupuncture:

Acupuncture is a technique that utilizes fine needles to stimulate peripheral nerve ending and blood vessels to be active in the body. Stimulation of the needles will release local chemicals to activate nerves, contract or relax muscles, and open blood vessels. Many older patients unable to tolerate the side effects of medications benefit greatly from acupuncture.

This technique originated as the foundation of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) some four thousand years ago. As such, the traditional literature describing acupuncture refers to the dysfunction of bodily processes as a disturbance of one of the “Vital Substances.” Thus, you may have heard that a clinician practicing acupuncture is changing the flow of Qi (pronounced chee).

This technique originated as the foundation of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) some four thousand years ago. As such, the traditional literature describing acupuncture refers to the dysfunction of bodily processes as a disturbance of one of the “Vital Substances.” Thus, you may have heard that a clinician practicing acupuncture is changing the flow of Qi (pronounced chee).

Common Conditions Treated by Acupuncture:

  • Back Pain/Muscle Spasms/Intervertebral Disc Disease
  • Paralysis/Urinary Incontinence
  • Arthritic Pain
  • Gastrointestinal Issues
  • Inappetance
  • Seizures
  • Allergies/Immune System Dysfunction
  • Neuromuscular Diseases
  • Anxiety Disorders
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorders
  • Asthma
  • Breeding and/or fertility problems
  • Metabolic conditions (pancreatic, liver and/or kidney diseases)

How Does Acupuncture Work?

A needle is introduced into a specific area in order to release natural chemicals that have various effects. Acupuncture can:

  • Increase blood flow to the areas that need healing
  • Relieve muscle spasms and “knots”
  • Stimulates nerves to work controlling:
    • Pain Regulation
    • Motor Function (voluntary movement, ex. ability to walk)
    • Sensory Perception (restore feeling to damaged areas)
    • Intestinal Movement (to assist with diarrhea or constipation)
    • Bladder/Rectal Sphincter Tone

Is Acupuncture Safe?

Acupuncture is one of the safest therapies utilized. No chemicals are used, just the bodies own natural healing. Side effects are very rare.

How often are Treatments Needed?

A consult is scheduled prior to beginning acupuncture treatment. This gives the doctor time to discuss your pet’s issues and conditions and create a plan for his/her specific needs. Each appointment thereafter is scheduled to last approximately one-half hour. The session includes a physical exam, insertion of acupuncture needles into appropriate nerve endpoints, and discussion of disease control goals and acupuncture session frequency. In general, the most significant improvement is seen after 2-3 treatments and so a few treatments are recommended depending on the issue being addressed. Chronic problems are treated more regularly and may require restoration every few months.

What is our experience with acupuncture?

Dr. Brown is certified in veterinary acupuncture by Colorado State University. Her training and treatments are focused on an animal’s anatomy and recent scientific evidence for acupuncture. Some basic elements of Traditional Chinese Medicine are also used.

If you’d like more information feel free to call to set up an appointment with Dr. Brown. Acupuncture can be purchased per treatment, or at a discount of 15% off for three sessions.

Therapeutic Laser Treatment:

Laser therapy has been significantly proven to be successful treating post-surgical pain and many acute and chronic conditions including: wounds, allergies, infections, cuts/bites, inflammations, tooth extraction pain relief, sprains, strains, fractures, post-surgical healing and pain relief, degenerative joint disease, inflammatory bowel disease, periodontal disease, lick granulomas, geriatric care, hip dysplasia, feline acne, tendonitis, arthritis, otitis, and many more. Laser therapy uses a beam of light to deeply penetrate tissue without damaging it. Laser energy induces a biological response in the cells called “photo-bio-modulation,” which leads to reduced pain, reduced inflammation and increased healing speed. Your pet may feel a gentle and soothing warmth. Most treatments take a matter of minutes. Please call today for details!

Nutritional Supplements:

Dasuquin: Dasuquin is a joint health supplement for cats and dogs.  It goes above and beyond the traditional glucosamine/chondroitin sulfate products on the market. Dasuquin contains avocado/soybean formulated with glucosamine and chondroitin sulfate. This sets Dasuquin apart from any other joint health supplement for dogs or cats.

Crananidan: A scientifically formulated cranberry extract product given to promote urinary tract health in cats and dogs. This cranberry extract contains compounds called “proanthocyanidins” or “PACs.” These PACs work to prevent certain bacteria from “sticking” or attaching to the inner lining of the bladder wall allowing the bacteria to be flushed out in the urine.

Liquid Hepato: Provides nutritional support to the liver for cats and dogs. Hepato Support contains the highest quality extract of milk thistle along with antioxidants and supportive nutrients to help promote normal liver function.

Promotion: A palatable nutrient and antioxidant supplement for joint maintenance in cats and dogs. This product helps to maintain healthy joints and mobility.

Allerg3 Omega: An omega 3 essential fatty acid that cannot be produced by the body. Promotes healthy skin and coat, helps boost senior pets’ immune system and helps decrease inflammation for cats and dogs.

Stem Cell Therapy

Regenerative stem cell therapy uses cells in a dog’s own fat tissue to help regenerate cartilage and other tissues in addition to providing remarkable pain relief, basically helping the body help itself. We have the technology to perform this procedure right here in our animal hospital! To learn more about how stem cell therapy and PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma) can benefit your dog please give us a call at 303-952-4824