Book Your Pet’s Acupuncture Appointment Today at SPCA Florida

Dr. Pippin applying needles to Bella

Dr. Pippin applying acupuncture needles to Bella.

SPCA Florida offers acupuncture, an ancient Chinese medicine that safely delivers a variety of benefits including pain relief, anti-inflammatory, immuno-regulation, helps address orthopedic issues and more. Dr. Kristi (Pippin) Tsang, one of SPCA Florida’s eight veterinarians, is certified by the Chi Institute of Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine, which is affiliated with the University of Florida.

Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine (TCVM) has been used to treat animals for thousands of years and is an extension of the practice used to treat people. There are four branches of veterinary Chinese Medicine: acupuncture, herbal medicine, food therapy, and Tui-na, which is chiropractic based. TCVM can help pets at all life stages and treat a variety of conditions including arthritis, degenerative joint disease, trauma, cancer, kidney and liver failure, pancreatitis, diabetes, and more.

Sissy acupuntureSissy acupunture needles - backThe initial appointment lasts an hour and includes a discussion of goals and treatment plan. The next session is 15 to 30 minutes and involves placing sterilized needles in some of the 173 acupoints found in ani
mals. Dr. Tsang begins with the calming points, which she says causes the pets to relax rather than walk around.

According to acupuncture offers:

  1. Release of the body’s own pain relieving and anti-inflammatory substances.
  2. Relaxation of muscles at the site of needle insertion and more distant locations on the body creating both a local and generalized pain relieving effect.
  3. Improved tissue blood flow, oxygenation, and removal of metabolic wastes and toxins.

Additionally, unlike prescriptions, it lacks potential adverse side effects to internal organs like the liver and kidneys. Acupuncture can work with medications or supplements and not adversely interact. Oftentimes veterinarians will integrate western medicine and TCVM.

Acupuncture at SPCA Florida is $100 for the initial session, which includes a diagnostic exam and the first acupuncture session. Follow up session are $75. Because acupuncture isn’t an immediate fix and improvement may not be evident until around the third or forth sessions there are bundle packages available. Three sessions for  $210 or five sessions for $325 ($65 per session, save $10). The bundle pricing does not include the initial session. For more information or to find out if your pet could benefit from acupuncture, schedule your initial exam today, (863) 646-4647.