Coastside Veterinary Clinic, Inc. offers veterinary acupuncture!

Coastside Veterinary Clinic, Inc.

614 Purissima Street
Half Moon Bay, CA 94019


Coastside Veterinary Clinic is proud to announce we now offer Acupuncture!

Dr. Sara Huckabone completed her acupuncture training with the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society (IVAS) and is very excited to offer acupuncture to our patients. Please call to schedule a session.

What is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture has been utilized in veterinary practice for over 3000 years to treat a variety of medical conditions. It is part of the broader discipline of Traditional Chinese Medicine. The insertion of the needles at precise points alters the body’s biochemical and physiological properties primarily through the stimulation of the central nervous system. The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) considers veterinary acupuncture a valid modality within the practice of veterinary medicine and surgery and has recently admitted the American Academy of Veterinary Acupuncture (AAVA) into the House of Delegates as an AVMA constituent organization.

What Conditions Respond to Acupuncture?

Just like in people, acupuncture in animals is indicated for the treatment of a variety of conditions that involve pain, non-infectious inflammation (such as arthritis and allergies), and neurologic dysfunctions. These include:

  • Musculoskeletal disorders – arthritis, intervertebral disc disease, hip dysplasia, back pain
  • Gastrointestinal disorders – diarrhea, constipation, nausea, decreased appetite, inflammatory bowel disease
  • Skin disorders – allergies, wound healing, granulomas
  • Neurological disorders – seizures, nerve dysfunction/damage, paralysis
  • Respiratory disorders – inflammatory airway diseases

Acupuncture may be especially beneficial for geriatric animals and cancer patients as it can alleviate pain and improve the quality of life. If you want to know whether or not acupuncture would be beneficial to your pet, please contact us.

How long does each acupuncture treatment take and how long do the effects last?

The length of each treatment and the frequency of treatments are dependent on the individual animal, the disease being treated, and the response to each treatment. The initial treatment includes a thorough history and physical examination and may last up to an hour. Most subsequent treatment take a minimum of 20 minutes. A typical patient is treated weekly for 3-4 weeks and then placed on a less frequent maintenance program (every month to 3 months). It can take multiple treatments to see improvement. Animals with more acute and severe disease may be treated more frequently initially.

Is Acupuncture Painful?

The insertion of acupuncture needles is virtually painless and, once they are in place, there should be no pain. The majority of animals of all species tolerate needle placement without any restraint besides normal owner handling. Many animals will appear drowsy or may sleep during the treatment session.

Is Acupuncture Safe?

The needles utilized during an acupuncture session are very small, sterilized, and of high quality and precision. It is one of the safest therapies if practiced by a certified veterinary acupuncturist who is educated in animal anatomy. Side effects or complications are rare.

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