Acupuncture & Herbal Supplements for Pets in Fort Washington
Eastern & Holistic Methods for Treating Animals in Glenside & Maple Glen
Acupuncture is a system of complementary medicine that involves pricking the skin or tissues with needles. It is used to alleviate pain and to treat various physical, mental, and emotional conditions.
At Fort Washington Veterinary Hospital, Dr. Berman performs all acupuncture services as our certified veterinary acupuncturist. We accept referrals from other animal hospitals for acupuncture, so you do not need to be a full-time client for your pet to receive treatment.
During your pet’s appointment, sterile acupuncture needles are inserted in different points around the body to treat him or her. Most pets readily accept the needles while others may appear restless as their body becomes aware of new sensations caused by the energy flowing through your pet. However, eventually, all pets settle down and relax and some even nap.
We play soft music to relax your pet and provide a blanket to lay upon. Owners may wish to bring a favorite toy or stuffed Kong to distract and entertain their pet while treatment is performed. Each session lasts approximately 30 minutes and some owners even choose to bring a pillow and take a nap while their pet relaxes.
Typically, owners will see an immediate effect in their pet right after acupuncture that wears off over time. Usually, multiple sessions are needed to achieve the desired effect, although some owners bring in their pet for maintenance visits.
Click here to read more about acupuncture from Dr. Berman’s article in Delaware Valley Pet Magazine.
We also recommend reading through The American Academy of Veterinary Acupuncture’s website at aava.org.
Chinese herbal medicine is a holistic approach to healing. Along with acupuncture, it comprises a system of diagnosis and systemic treatment commonly known as Traditional Chinese Medicine or TCM. Traditional Chinese herbal medicine began as an extension of nutrition. A single herb was added to a dish to enhance its effect on the energy of the body. This has evolved to hundreds of herbal formulas used today.
Acupuncture and Chinese herbs work very well together in animals. Acupuncture provides a more immediate benefit and herbs provide longer-term home treatment between visits. Herbs can be used safely with most medications, but it is advised that you inform your vet of any your pet is taking.
Herbals can be used to treat many conditions, including:
- Gastrointestinal conditions such as vomiting, diarrhea, inflammatory bowel disease, or constipation
- Kidney disease
- Cystitis and other bladder problems
- Urinary incontinence
- Liver, heart, and respiratory problems (asthma or bronchitis)
- Painful osteoarthritis
- Hormone imbalances
- Behavioral problems
- Geriatric health issues
- Immune imbalances
Pets benefit from Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine because of its emphasis on both the prevention and treatment of disease. As a comprehensive form of treatment, it considers the interrelationship of all the patient’s symptoms, and treatment is aimed at restoring health rather than merely alleviating symptoms.
We’re happy to answer any questions you may have. Give us a call today at (215) 458-5845.
Enjoy a casual conversation with other clients in our waiting area. You are also welcome to wait for appointments outside or in your car.
We deliver client (& non-client) donations to local pets in need, as well as participate in fundraisers and local events.
Almost 50 years of compassionate and excellent patient care!
Many of our staff members have been employed at our hospital for over 12 years! We work extremely well as a team.
“I cannot put into words how exceptional the staff was with us, and how well they treated our beloved pet.”- Anonymous
“Dr. S. was so thorough and took the time to explain everything in detail regarding my cat's health.”- Courtina C.
“Excellent front office staff and believe me, that’s as important as an excellent vet.”- Clark N.