Acupuncture in Veterinary Medicine​

Finding a veterinarian in Burke, Fairfax and in the Northern Virginia area is something that requires careful consideration.  There are a lot of choices for great veterinary care providers in our area.  The challenge is finding one that meets the specific needs of you and your pet.   We take a holistic approach to care for your pet by integrating traditional medicine with alternative therapies.  This gives us more resources to help your pet stay healthy and help heal them when they become sick.  Acupuncture has fast proven to be an amazing tool to help us address many conditions affecting cats and dogs.

Finding the Right Veterinary Acupuncturist in Burke

Acupuncture for cats or dogs is not something that everyone is comfortable with, nor is it something that every veterinarian can do.  A Veterinary Acupuncturist has completed their Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (D.V.M.) degree as well as special training in acupuncture.  Two of the five veterinarians at Burke Animal Clinic, Melissa Gosline, D.V.M, and John Herrity, D.V.M. and Practice Owner, practice veterinary acupuncture.  As veterinary acupuncturists, Dr. Gosline and Dr. Herrity have more resources at their fingertips to keep pets healthy and treat them when they become ill.

How it Works and Benefits Your Pet

Used in China for several thousand years to treat humans and animals, acupuncture involves inserting very fine sterile needles at specific points to relieve pain and improve circulation. The needles are manipulated manually or by electrical stimulation.

Veterinary acupuncturists use acupuncture to correct energy balances in your pet’s body which helps to enhance blood circulation, stimulate the nervous system, and release hormones that can help to reduce inflammation and pain. Traditional therapies and holistic therapies, such as acupuncture, are often complementary to one another. During your pet’s exam and consultation, the doctor will consider your pet’s overall wellness and all therapies that may be integrated with acupuncture to provide optimal healing.

Acupuncture treats many conditions, including the following:

  • Allergies
  • Back pain
  • Chronic and acute kidney disease
  • Constipation
  • Degenerative joint disease/arthritis/hip dysplasia
  • Incontinence
  • Limping
  • Vomiting/diarrhea
  • Torn Cruciate Ligaments

Acupuncture for cats and dogs is an option that is pain-free and relaxing, and will often prompt a dog or cat to nap. For many, it can reduce the necessity of other medications, which may produce some side effects, yet it carries no side effects of its own.

Call Burke Animal Clinic Today!

If you would like to explore acupuncture or learn how some of our alternative therapies will help your pet, please contact Burke Animal Clinic at 703-569-6900 to set up an appointment. We’d love to meet you and your pet!

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