What to Expect
Feeling nervous is normal, but Dr. Knarr will talk you through the entire process. Usually, the first two acupuncture points aid in calming your pet. Once your animal is relaxed, Dr. Knarr will begin to place needles, correcting any imbalances in their body. The needles are left in place for roughly 10-20 minutes and then removed. Sometimes western veterinary medications are administered afterward, but herbs or dietary changes may be recommended as well.
Some animals may need four to six visits before you’ll notice results but it is not uncommon to see changes after just one visit.
Cold Laser Therapy
In 2002, the FDA approved the use of 3B cold lasers. They are painless and give our doctors the ability to penetrate into the deeper tissues and joints. Cold laser therapy also helps to decrease inflammation and pain, especially when it comes to musculoskeletal problems, and also decrease the healing time of wounds. This treatment is sometimes used in conjunction with acupuncture. To learn more about cold laser therapy, check out this story from ABC News.
Herbal Therapy Options
Herbal products have drug-like properties and should only be prescribed to animals by a veterinarian trained in Chinese herbs. They can be used alone or in combination with traditional medication. Dr. Karen Knarr is a certified Veterinary Chinese Herbalist and to obtain this certification, she took 160 hours of continuing education, five written tests and three approved herbal cases. At East Ridge Animal Hospital, we only use Chinese herbs from Jing Tang Herbal in Reddick, FL.
For more information about Jing Tang Herbal, visit their website at www.tcvm.com.
Pet Food Therapy
Many diseases can be treated and prevented by the type of food that your pet receives. For example, a “hot” food can be fed to a cold-natured pet. Our own Dr. Karen Knarr is fully certified in food therapy.
Learn About Tui-Na Massage
Tui-na is a type of chiropractic massage. This can be used in combination with acupuncture and cold laser therapy. You can also be shown how to perform these massage techniques yourself at home on your pet. This type of massage can relax pets (even horses) and increase flexibility and decrease pain in their muscles and joints. This is especially useful to use daily at home, between acupuncture and cold laser visits.