For thousands of years, doctors of human medicine in many cultures around the world have been turning to certain alternative medicine techniques to naturally manage a wide variety of illnesses and ailments in people. One such ancient treatment modality – acupuncture – can also be applied to our animal friends with the same amazing results. As part of our commitment to always offering the most comprehensive care available, Acadiana Veterinary Clinic is pleased to offer veterinary acupuncture to better serve the needs of our patients.

Acupuncture involves the insertion of tiny needles into various points along the exterior of the body. Each of these acupoints is believed to be tied into your pet’s internal health, from organs and joints to muscle groups, and even entire body systems, like the gastrointestinal tract or neurological system. When the needles are inserted, they produce a cellular response which triggers the body’s natural healing and pain control mechanisms in the targeted area.

Acupuncture can be used to naturally treat a broad spectrum of ailments, illnesses and injuries, including but not limited to:

  • Arthritis
  • Back Pain
  • Disc Disease
  • Ligament, Joint, Nerve or Muscle Injuries
  • Post-Surgical Recovery
  • Gastrointestinal Conditions
  • Reproductive Problems
  • Neurological Disorders
  • Behavior Problems
  • Asthma
  • Dermatological Conditions
  • Acute or Chronic Pain

At Acadiana Veterinary Clinic feel that integrating alternative medicine and complementary therapy with conventional therapies improves the quality of life for our patients. Dr. Poirrier became certified in Veterinary Acupuncture in 1993 by the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society and is an active member of the American Academy of Veterinary Acupuncture. We offer several types of acupuncture, including aquapuncture and electro-acupuncture. The type of therapy used will depend on the patient’s specific needs.

If your pet is suffering from a chronic medical condition, has become injured in some way or just seems to be experiencing pain, we encourage you to find out whether our alternative medicine options could provide the relief your companion deserves.