Acupuncture is an ancient healing art from China. The first documented use of acupuncture on animals was over 4,000 years ago. Acupuncture involves the stimulation of special points in the body, often by the insertion of thin, sterile needles. Inserting the needles is not painful, and animals tolerate it well. The acupuncture points can also be stimulated by massage, pressure, laser, or electrical impulses. Many acupuncture points are located at clusters of nerves and blood vessels. Stimulating the points can have several beneficial effects. Studies have shown that acupuncture can increase blood flow, lower heart rate, improve immune function, and reduce pain, among other things.
Dr. Burnett has completed a year-long course of study taught by the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society (IVAS) and was also fortunate enough to learn techniques in China. She is excited to offer acupuncture in her practice, to complement conventional treatment options.