Dr. Laurie Sorrell-Raschi is the Veterinary Specialty Center of Delaware's (VSCD) board-certified veterinary anesthesiologist. She provides pain management (analgesia) and acupuncture to dogs and cats. VSCD has found that acupuncture can lessen the need for pain medication in pets.
What is veterinary acupuncture?
Acupuncture is the treatment of conditions or symptoms by the insertion of very fine needles into specific points on the body (acupoints) to produce a desired healing effect and pain relief.
When acupoints are stimulated, the body reacts with a complex cellular and nervous system response that involves the brain, spinal cord, and blood vessels. Acupuncture has been successful in treating disorders of most of the major body systems and can be used in conjunction with general anesthesia to reduce the amount of pain medication needed.
Who can administer acupuncture therapy to pets?
Only someone who has undergone specialty training, preferable a licensed veterinarian, may administer acupuncture to pets. Dr. Sorrell-Raschi received her acupuncture specialty training from the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society
What pet conditions can be treated with acupuncture?
Acupuncture has been successfully used on both dogs and cats to treat conditions such as:
- Muscular-skeletal disorders
- Conditions of chronic pain
- Relief from pain associated with wounds
- Pet anxiety
- Back pain
Because of the positive synergy between acupuncture and rehabilitation, we strongly recommend a dual-appointment for optimal results.
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