Mohnacky Animal Hospital’s acupuncture services are done by Dr. Tessa Sghiatti, who is a member of the American Academy of Veterinary Acupuncture and is accredited by the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society. Dr. Sghiatti is passionate about integrative medicine and is proud to utilize this unique, non-invasive technique to address a wide variety of health issues in pets.
What is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture involves the insertion of very thin needles into specific parts of the body to stimulate the body’s nerve centers, improving blood circulation and releasing the body’s natural pain-relieving and anti-inflammatory substances. It has been used for thousands of years in human medicine and is equally as effective on our animal friends—in fact, it’s one of the safest veterinary treatments available. This gentle, non-invasive technique has been clinically proven to aid in the treatment of many ailments and is frequently an effective option for sick or injured pets. Acupuncture is particularly beneficial for arthritis, knee injuries, back pain, kidney disease, certain skin conditions, GI issues, and more. It requires no pharmaceuticals and can be used with most other traditional and alternative treatments.
Acupuncture can either be done with dry needles or via electroacupuncture, which utilizes small electrodes that run a very small current through the needles, creating a gentle vibration which helps to stimulate the acupuncture point. We tailor your pet’s acupuncture sessions to their specific needs. They take place in a quiet, distraction-free area of our hospital and vary in duration from 30 to 60 minutes.
Does it Hurt?
No! Proper acupuncture technique can cause contraction of local muscles and a deep, heavy tingling sensation when the needle enters the acupuncture point. Over 95% of patients are comfortable with acupuncture therapy. In fact, some animals will even fall asleep during acupuncture sessions.
Curious about how acupuncture can help your pet? Call us at (760) 480-1934 to schedule a consultation today!