Cape Cod Pet Acupuncture

veterinary services, mid-Cape

Veterinary Associates of Cape Cod can integrate the ancient wisdom of Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine with modern technology to provide the highest quality of compassionate care for our companion animals. These treatments relieve pain and stimulate healing, often increasing the well-being and longevity of your pet.

Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine (TCVM) had been practiced for centuries, and heals by correcting imbalances in the body. Chinese theory holds that health is a state of harmony in which the vital substances – yin, yang, blood and qi – flow smoothly and generate all the various processes in life. Disease arises either through internal means such as stress, poor diet, weak constitution, age, or from external means such as environmental toxins, allergens, trauma, and infectious agents. TCVM seeks to regain balance, and therefore, health, through manipulation of the vital substances.

Acupuncture is a method of encouraging the body to promote natural healing and to improve functioning. This is done by inserting needles and applying heat or electrical stimulation at very precise acupuncture points. Modern science explains that needling the acupuncture points stimulates the nervous system to release chemicals in the muscles, spinal cord, and brain. These chemicals will either change the experience of pain, or they will trigger the release of other chemicals and hormones which influence the body’s own internal regulating system. The improved energy and biochemical balance produced by acupuncture results in stimulating the body’s natural healing abilities and in promoting physical and emotional well-being.

The length and frequency of acupuncture treatment depends on the condition of the patient. For maximum effectiveness, acupuncture usually requires multiple sessions especially when dealing with degenerative or neurological conditions. When multiple treatments are necessary, they usually begin intensively and are tapered when a strong positive response is achieved.

While acupuncture is often associated with pain control, it has much broader applications. Acupuncture can be effective as the only treatment used, or as the support or adjunct to other medical treatments in:

  • Musculoskeletal problems – arthritis, degenerative joint disease of hip and knees, back and neck pain, muscle soreness, acute and chronic lameness, ligament and tendon injuries
  • Neurologic disorders – spinal disc disease, nerve paralysis, degenerative myelopathy
  • Gastrointestinal (GI) disorders – vomiting, diarrhea, inflammatory bowel disease, colic
  • Urogenital problems – urinary incontinence, kidney insufficiency
  • Cancer – quality of life, pain, side effects of chemotherapy and/or radiation

Acupuncture is a very safe medical procedure when performed by a certified veterinarian.

It is our pleasure to have Dr. Susan Neary as part of our team of professionals here at Veterinary Associates of Cape Cod. Her interests lie in integrative pain control through a multi-modal interdisciplinary approach with special interest in osteoarthritis, degenerative and neurological conditions, post-surgical and palliative care patients.

As a veterinarian as well as a veterinary acupuncturist with over 20 years of experience, Dr. Neary is also a licensed acupuncturist in the human field. She revels in the success of acupuncture in conditions that medications cannot seem to solely manage appropriately. Dr. Neary is recognized for her visionary and pioneering attributes with commitment to bridge Eastern and Western medicine as a means to improve the quality of life in animals and people.