Veterinary medical-based acupuncture is the now offered at Pet Dominion in Rockville, MD through Dr. Vilallonga.  Acupuncture is a safe and effective treatment for alleviating pain and treating many disorders. It is also works complementary to all of our other treatment modalities.

Medical-based acupuncture utilizes the application of very fine, taper point needles, into specific points of the body leading to improved comfort and function of specific organs, muscles, connective tissue, and nerves. It builds upon the traditional 3,000 year-old practice by incorporating current knowledge of neurophysiology, anatomy, and evidence-based research to yield targeted results.

When a needle is inserted into a specific acupuncture point it causes local and systemic effects. Locally, it will enhance blood flow and cause release of neurotransmitters and other chemicals that assist in pain relief and decreasing inflammation. It also stimulates nerves that will send messages to the spinal cord and brain for distant effects.

Medical acupuncture can help return the body to a balanced state. When the body is in homeostasis it enables a stronger immune system, improves healing time, and is better adept at fighting disease.

Acupuncture can be used for:

  • Muscle pain
  • Soft tissue injury
  • Arthritis
  • Neurological disorders
  • Weakness/paralysis
  • Incontinence (fecal and urinary)
  • Post-operative recovery
  • Chronic kidney disease
  • Gastrointestinal disturbances (diarrhea, constipation, nausea, inappetence)
  • Cancer (improve comfort)
  • Ocular disease
  • Auto-immunie disorders
  • And more!

The best part is that cats and dogs tolerate acupuncture treatment remarkably well even the sensitive ones. Our goal is to make their treatments positive and relaxing.