Dr. Alex Baker is a certified veterinary acupuncturist and offers this incredible service to both small and large animals. A therapeutic method that uses sterile needles inserted in specific locations. Acupuncture involves using knowledge of the nervous system, anatomy and body system functions to stimulate healing, control pain and rehabilitate the nervous system. We can find areas of tension, discomfort and dysfunction that will help guide the treatment plan. The effects of acupuncture include; decreased pain, increased blood flow, release of the body’s anti-inflammatory substances, muscle relaxation and increased healing time. My goal is to create a treatment plan tailored to your pet that keeps them healthy and mobile for as long as possible without the side effects of medications.
Acupuncture can address many issues including but not limited to:
- Neurologic dysfunction
- Dry Eye
- Kidney Disease
- Disc Disease
- Non healing wounds
- Chronic and Acute Pain
- Hip Dysplasia
- Muscle/Tendon Sprains and Strains
- Post-operative healing
- Fecal/Urinary Incontinence
- Immune Dysfunction
The number of treatments needed differs from patient to patient and is related to the condition that I am treating. Some patients with a chronic condition may need multiple treatments for many weeks. It is best to start with 4 treatments over the course of two weeks to stimulate the nervous system and healing process. After the first 3-5 treatments if positive changes are seen; acupuncture can make a meaningful difference for your animal.
What to expect after the first treatment:
After one treatment it is totally normal to see improvement in your pet, or none at all. Some animals take multiple treatments to show us a response. It is unlikely but possible to see a temporary decline in animal’s condition, it usually subsides in 24-48 hours. Usually a patient will experience pleasant side effects such as relaxation, better sleep or improvement in digestive tract motility.
Species Treated: Cats, Dogs, Exotics, Horses and all Livestock (including Alpacas and Llamas)
Your pet’s acupuncture and laser treatments are done in a calm relaxing environment and without sedation.