Acupuncture ‘To Go’

Popular Eastern Therapy Goes Mobile for Pets in Pain


Acupuncture to go: Animal Care Center launches mobile service
Electro-acupuncture at Animal Care Center of Castle Pines
by Agnes Reardon
Posted 4/4/14

Some dogs and cats suffering pain or disability can be too sick to get to the vet for effective treatment. Now, there’s an answer.

Animal Care Center of Castle Pines’ new mobile …

Some dogs and cats suffering pain or disability can be too sick to get to the vet for effective treatment. Now, there’s an answer. 

Animal Care Center of Castle Pines’ new mobile veterinary service brings a veterinary acupuncturist to an ailing pet’s own home. 

The service, now offered two days a month, was developed primarily to cater to senior pets, dogs with injuries and cats, who can be “feisty” to transport even on their best days. 

“Cats are highly territorial. They just don’t like to be removed from their homes, especially when they’re not feeling well,” says Dr. Stacy McVicker of Animal Care Center in Castle Pines. “We think our mobile feline service will help cats that could benefit from acupuncture but might otherwise not receive treatment.” 

Dr. McVicker thinks the at-home acupuncture service will help the growing number of senior dogs in our community. Pets are living longer and at-home acupuncture can bring immediate relief of pain. No commute to the veterinary office means less movement and anxiety for a hurting pet.

Acupuncture for pets is becoming more mainstream. The therapy has become an integral part of pain management, and many pet owners specifically seek it out, particularly for pets with mobility problems. 

Acupuncture, a traditional treatment from Chinese medicine intended to balance and improve the body’s energy, involves the insertion of tiny needles into specific points on the body.

Acupuncture helps the body heal itself, Dr. McVicker says, stimulating the body’s own ability to regenerate. The result: reduced inflammation, increased circulation and less pain.

 Pets, like many people typically love their acupuncture treatments.

When the veterinarian gently inserts the micro-thin acupuncture needles into their skin, most often the animals visibly relax.

In the typical 20-minute session, “The vet puts the needles in and they just chill,” says Dr. McVicker.

Animal Care Center offers two variations of the basic therapy. Electro-acupuncture involves a small electric current that’s directed between pairs of acupuncture needles. Aqua-acupuncture includes the injection of a liquid solution of anti-inflammatories or artificial synovial fluid into acupuncture points and joints. 

“We recently used aqua-puncture to treat a German Shepherd who arrived at our clinic without the ability to walk,” says Dr. McVicker. “He left our practice on all fours. It was just amazing.” 

Vets at Animal Care Center use acupuncture on dogs and cats to treat neurological issues, lameness, osteoarthritis, irritable bowel syndrome and other illnesses.

At Animal Care Center of Castle Pines, two vets have invested the hours of training and required to be certified for veterinary acupuncture. “But it’s a lifetime commitment,” says Dr. McVicker.  A third doctor who will perform acupuncture joins the practice in May. 

To reserve Animal Care Center of Castle Pine’s new mobile service, call. There is a $25 - $35 travel charge, in addition to the treatment involved. 

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Animal Care Center of Castle Pines
562 E. Castle Pines Parkway
Castle Rock, Colo. 80108
(303) 688-3660
Fax: (303) 688-3242

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