Red Barn veterinary hospital

Red Barn Veterinary Hospital is excited to offer you this specialty service for your pets.

Service offered by Dr. Cortney Kangas, DVM

Please call our office to schedule a consult 706.864.0054

Initial consult $150
Sessions $85

What is acupuncture? 

Acupuncture is one of four main components to Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine  or TCVM which usually involves the insertion of thin sterile needles into discrete and specific points on the body in order to cause a therapeutic effect. Acupuncture may also include other methods such as electrical stimulation and moxibustion. The point on the body is called "Shu-xue" or acupuncture point (acupoint) to which animals have 173. 


Is acupuncture safe?

Yes! Acupuncture is a very safe medical procedure when administered by a qualified practitioner. Very few negative effects have been found in clinical cases.

How long does each treatment take?

Each session may take 20 to 45 minutes; the first session usually takes longer than follow-up appointments. 

How soon can we expect results?

Some results can be seen immediately, but others will require several treatments. Generally a minimum of 3 to 5 treatments 1-2 weeks apart for chronic conditions are needed before one can expect notable improvement.

How many treatments are needed?

As in all medicine, this depends on the situation and treatments can be done daily, weekly, monthly or even further apart depending on the severity and chronicity of the condition. 

Does acupuncture hurt?

Rarely! Acupuncture is not painful because acupoints are stimulated using very fine needles, almost as thin as hair. Over 95% of patients are comfortable with acupuncture therapy. Due to the relaxations effect, some animals will fall asleep during acupuncture treatments.

When is acupuncture recommended?

Clinical trials indicate that acupuncture therapy can be effective in the following conditions:

  • Musculoskeletal problems: muscle soreness, back pain, osteoarthritis and degenerative joint disease
  • Neurological disorders: seizures, intervertebral disc disease (IVDD), laryngeal hemiplegia and facial and radial nerve paralysis
  • Gastrointestinal disorders: diarrhea, gastric ulcers, colic, vomiting, constipation and impactions
  • Other chronic conditions: skin problems, heaves, asthma, cough, uveitis, renal failure, chronic liver diseases, behavioral problems, Cushing’s disease, hypothyroidism, hyperthyroidism, geriatric weakness and anhidrosis
  • Quality of life, cancer and hospice care
  • Performance enhancement and the prevention of disease



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