Acupuncture for Pets: Enhancing Health and Well-Being at Cinema Vet in Santa Clarita

Jul 8, 2024Blog Posting

At Cinema Vet in Santa Clarita, we pride ourselves on offering holistic and comprehensive care for your beloved pets. One of the standout services we provide is veterinary acupuncture, a treatment that has shown remarkable benefits for a variety of conditions. Dr. Ronchetto is a Certified Veterinary Acupuncturist (CVA) through the Chi University in Florida, delivering pet acupuncture services. Her expertise makes our practice unique in the Santa Clarita region.

What is Veterinary Acupuncture?

Acupuncture is a traditional Chinese medicine practice that involves inserting fine needles into specific points on the body to stimulate healing and provide pain relief. In veterinary medicine, practitioners use acupuncture to treat a wide range of conditions, enhancing the quality of life for many pets.

Acupuncture for pets is a complementary therapy that involves inserting thin needles into specific points on the animal’s body to stimulate healing and pain relief. This practice, rooted in traditional Chinese medicine, has gained popularity in veterinary care for various conditions, including arthritis, pain management, and even behavioral issues. Let’s take a detailed look at acupuncture for pets:

How Acupuncture for Pets Works

A black dog with acupuncture needles on its head, How Acupuncture for Pets Works

Acupuncture is based on the concept of balancing the body’s energy flow, or “qi.” In Western terms, it may stimulate nerves, increase blood circulation, and release pain-relieving hormones.

Procedure: A trained veterinary acupuncturist inserts sterile, thin needles into specific points on the pet’s body. These points are chosen based on the condition being treated.

Duration: Sessions typically last between 20 to 30 minutes, and the number of sessions varies depending on the condition’s severity and the pet’s response.

Conditions Treated with Acupuncture for Pets

Musculoskeletal Issues: Arthritis, hip dysplasia, spinal problems.

Neurological Disorders: Seizures, intervertebral disc disease.

Gastrointestinal Issues: Vomiting, diarrhea, constipation.

Respiratory Problems: Asthma, bronchitis.

Skin Conditions: Allergies, dermatitis, including persistent lick granulomas.

Behavioral Issues: Anxiety, stress-related behaviors.

Benefits of Acupuncture for Pets

Acupuncture offers numerous benefits for pets across various health conditions. It is particularly effective in providing pain relief, making it a valuable therapy for chronic conditions such as arthritis and intervertebral disk disease.

By stimulating specific points on the body, acupuncture helps alleviate joint stiffness and muscle soreness, thereby improving mobility and enhancing the pet’s ability to move comfortably. Additionally, acupuncture can reduce inflammation by promoting circulation and the release of anti-inflammatory substances, which aids in decreasing swelling in affected areas. This therapy also supports enhanced recovery post-surgery or injury by accelerating healing processes and reducing recovery time.

Beyond physical benefits, acupuncture contributes to stress reduction in pets, helping to calm anxious animals and fostering an overall sense of well-being. These combined effects make acupuncture a holistic treatment option that not only targets specific health issues but also promotes overall health and quality of life for pets.

The Acupuncture for Pets Experience at Cinema Vet

A black dog lying on a red blanket, The Acupuncture for Pets Experience at Cinema Vet

The Initial Consultation

When you bring your pet to Cinema Vet for acupuncture, the first appointment is comprehensive. Dr. Ronchetto takes the time to gather detailed information about your pet’s health, history, and specific needs. From this initial exam, she creates a personalized treatment plan tailored to your pet.

Acupuncture Treatment

Here’s what you can expect during an acupuncture session:

  1. Preparation: Your pet is gently settled into a comfortable position. Some pets may be placed on a padded mat or a cozy bed, depending on their preference and the specific area being treated.
  2. Insertion of Needles: Dr. Ronchetto carefully inserts fine, sterile needles into specific acupuncture points on your pet’s body. These points are chosen based on the health issues being addressed. The needles are so thin that most pets do not feel pain when they are inserted.
  3. Relaxation Period: Once the needles are in place, they remain for about 10 to 30 minutes. During this time, our veterinary assistants stay with your pet, providing gentle care and attention. This ensures your pet feels safe and relaxed. Many pets become surprisingly calm during this period, some even dozing off.
  4. Removal of Needles: After the treatment time has elapsed, Dr. Ronchetto carefully removes the needles. Pets usually remain calm and relaxed during this process as well.

Post Treatment

After the session, some pets may feel energized, while others might be more relaxed or even sleepy. It’s common to see improvements after a few sessions, depending on the condition being treated. Dr. Ronchetto will discuss the observed benefits and any adjustments needed for future treatments.

Results with Veterinary Acupuncture at Cinema Veterinary Centre

At Cinema Vet, acupuncture can be integrated with traditional Western medicine to provide a balanced approach to your pet’s health. For clients interested in natural treatments, Dr. Ronchetto also offers a full range of herbal supplements and remedies, ensuring that every pet’s treatment plan is as natural or conventional as desired.

Most pets tolerate acupuncture well, and some may even relax or fall asleep during sessions.

We have seen many pets benefit from regular acupuncture sessions, whether weekly or monthly, and the results are truly impressive.

A Pet Parent Shares Her Story

Dr. Ronchetto’s dedication to her patients is evident in her personalized approach to acupuncture. She treated my aging Labrador, who was suffering from a neuromuscular disease, and helped keep her comfortable towards the end of her life. This experience showed me firsthand the profound impact acupuncture can have.

Discover the Healing Power of Acupuncture for Pets at Cinema Vet

At Cinema Vet in Santa Clarita, we provide holistic and compassionate care for pets, and our veterinary acupuncture services exemplify our commitment to enhancing their health and well-being. Under the expertise of Dr. Ronchetto, a Certified Veterinary Acupuncturist, our practice stands out in the Santa Clarita region for its comprehensive approach to pet care. Acupuncture, rooted in traditional Chinese medicine, has shown remarkable benefits across a spectrum of conditions, from arthritis and neurological disorders to behavioral issues and more. Beyond physical benefits, it promotes relaxation and emotional balance, contributing to a better overall quality of life for pets. At Cinema Vet, Dr. Ronchetto tailors each acupuncture session to the pet’s individual needs, ensuring personalized care and optimal outcomes. Whether integrating acupuncture with conventional treatments or offering natural alternatives like herbal supplements, our goal is to support every pet’s health journey with compassion and expertise.

Make an Appointment

If you’re interested in exploring acupuncture for your pet, call us to schedule the first comprehensive appointment. Dr. Ronchetto and our dedicated team are here to provide the best care and help your pet live a healthier, happier life.

Warm regards,

Your Team at
Cinema Veterinary Centre

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