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Countryside Animal Hospital

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The Benefits of Chinese Acupuncture for Pets

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Dr. Huisheng Xie, the head of the Chi Institute of Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine

Pet owners need real solutions in improving the health of their four-legged friends. Pets are now living longer, and as they do, pets are becoming a more integral part of our lives. Whereas our pets used to spend their nights outside, we now live in a world where we share our beds with them! Across society, pets become more accepted, more regular, more expected. They are family members in their own right, and they deserve the very best of our attention.

The U.S. pharmaceutical companies which make drugs for pets are now multi-billion dollar industries. We drug up our pets almost as much as we drug ourselves. Neither approach is necessarily the wisest of our available options.

There is a great demand for holistic medicine for our pets, a desire to see pets living happy and healthy lives without being doped up on drugs. Furthermore, there are those pets who simply cannot be given pharmaceuticals, like pets with certain kidney or liver conditions for example.

For these pets and many others with more conscientious owners, holistic veterinary practice through traditional Chinese acupuncture is a reliable and desirable choice. Chinese acupuncture, a practice of holistic medicine that’s been used on humans and pets in Eastern cultures for millennia, is now available in the Western world.

What is Traditional Chinese Acupuncture?

Traditional Chinese acupuncture is an effective approach to medicine, an ancient healing therapy that has been in use for thousands of years. Chinese doctors were using acupuncture to relieve pain and resolve health conditions long before Western medicine even began, and since then, much of Western medicine has brought various acupuncture therapies in and combined them with modern healing techniques.

But what is the “science” behind acupuncture? It’s actually quite simple.

The foundation behind acupuncture is that much of what ails the body results from an inability to correctly align or coordinate different energy points of the body, the points being called “acupoints” When these acupoints are not aligned and are not performing properly, various physical problems set in such as arthritis, allergies, respiratory difficulty, digestive complications, or musculoskeletal problems (sore backs, legs, arms, shoulders, etc.)

A healthy body is one which flows energy, which the Chinese call “Qi,” along “meridians” which are the pathways of energy, to all of the acupoints of the body. A misalignment or blockage in the flow of energy contributes to diseases and chronic pain. It does so because, when energy cannot flow properly from one acupoint to the next, blood flow to areas of the body are hampered, the immune system loses virulence, and the body becomes more susceptible to ailments.

This is where the application of acupuncture comes in. Using acupuncture needles, the previously stopped or stuck energy and blood flows in the body are carefully manipulated back into their appropriate tracks. This restores blood flow, increases white blood cell circulation (which boosts the immune system) and smooths out the flow of the central nervous system (which causes relaxation and reduces pain in tandem).

Acupuncture needles are applied in the right acupoint locations for the right duration, all depending on the symptoms experienced by the patient and what they hope to accomplish with acupuncture. Acupuncture needles can add or subtract Qi energy from an acupoint, depending on which will be needed to resolve an ailment.

How can Chinese Acupuncture be Applied to Veterinary Medicine?

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Let’s look at an example of how Chinese acupuncture can be applied to veterinary medicine.

Say a pet owner comes to a veterinary practice that offers veterinary acupuncture. In this scenario, let’s say that the owner’s pet is currently struggling with a bout of nausea and vomiting.

In dogs and cats, there is an acupoint called “Stomach 36” which is located just below the knee joint of both species. The knee joint in a dog or cat is called the “stifle.” When this acupoint is triggered with acupuncture needles, the result will be a relief of nausea, vomiting, or other stomach-related ailments.

Setting an acupuncture needle on this location also results in increasing the circulation of white blood cells throughout the body of the animal, thus improving the immune system, relaxing sore muscles and joints, and relaxing the nervous system of the animal as well.

In the above example, just using acupuncture in one area of the pet’s body not only resolved the condition (nausea and vomiting) but the process also had the positive results of restoring a harmonious balance to the pet’s body, a reduction of pain, and a physically calming sensation.

The Benefits of Veterinary Acupuncture

Veterinary acupuncture is growing in popularity due to its success as a veterinary medicine. This ancient technology can afford a plethora of positive phenomena to our pets, such as:

  • Veterinary acupuncture can assist a pet’s body in healing itself as opposed to simply masking symptoms or coping with symptoms, as so many other approaches to medicine take. Acupuncture promotes a natural healing process by assisting the pet’s body in making certain physiological changes.
  • Veterinary acupuncture stimulates nerve function in an animal’s body. The nervous system is the control and monitoring function of a body. It is the ignition coil in the engine of the body. The better the nerves function, the better the entire body functions.
  • Another benefit to veterinary acupuncture is that this process increases blood circulation. If the nerve system is the control unit, the ignition coil one could say, then the blood circulation in any body (not just pets) is the very engine oil that determines healthy function. Proper blood circulation and flow are crucial to the health of a pet. When blood flow tapers off in an area, that area will suffer and disease or adverse conditions will be just around the corner. Veterinary acupuncture relieves stoppages or tense areas and allows for better blood circulation.
  • One of the most sought-after benefits of veterinary acupuncture is its natural, pain-relieving properties. When a pet is treated with acupuncture, the process relieves muscle spasms and causes the release of hormones like endorphins and cortisol. Endorphins are the body’s own, natural pain relieving agent, and cortisol is a natural steroid that also reduces pain. Veterinary acupuncture is the drug-free pain relief solution.
  • Perhaps one of the best benefits of veterinary acupuncture is it seeks to solve the physical ailments of pets, the diseases, the allergies, the health conditions etc. The entire theory behind acupuncture is that a body with properly flowing Qi energies along all meridians is a body that will be healthy. Acupuncture treats ailments and diseases, removing them through multiple treatments.
  • Veterinary acupuncture is not only limited to one method of acupuncture (i.e the traditional acupuncture which uses extremely small, dry needles). When it is appropriate or needed, veterinary acupuncture also utilizes both Aqua-Acupuncture and Electro-Acupuncture. In Aqua-Acupuncture, a soluble solution such as water, saline, or dissolved vitamins is injected into the animal’s body through the acupuncture needles. In Electro-Acupuncture, a very slight electronic current is passed through the acupuncture needles and into the acupoints of the pet’s body. Both Electro and Aqua-Acupuncture serve their purposes well and are uniquely suited to helping patients.
  • Veterinary acupuncture has the doubled benefit of addressing the specific ailment of any pet while also resulting in a body-wide relieving effect. Acupuncture approaches the body as being a full and complete system, so acupuncture does not isolate only certain bodily systems to address. Therefore, a positive trait of acupuncture is that it benefits the entire body, mind, and spirit, not just the affected area or areas being treated.
  • Veterinary acupuncture promotes the removal of toxins, metabolic wastes, adverse or invasive substances, etc. As veterinary acupuncture promotes better bodily function and far better circulation, a natural phenomenon of veterinary acupuncture is that the pet will secrete toxins, wastes, and harmful substances from its body shortly following acupuncture treatments. Veterinary acupuncture literally “cleans up” the body of the pet.
  • Veterinary acupuncture has no adverse side effects, standing proud as one of the only veterinary practices that literally cannot hurt the animal it is used on. This benefit stands in stark contrast to pharmaceutical veterinary drugs, drugs which bring with them a bevy of adverse side effects.

 

Veterinary acupuncture has many benefits. This is a superb way to afford a better condition of health and happiness for our pets.

Veterinary Acupuncture is an All-Encompassing Approach to Veterinary Medicine

Veterinary acupuncture involves far more than just acupuncture. This is an all-encompassing approach to medicine, just as Chinese doctors intended. Acupuncture is actually only one facet of a comprehensive treatment approach. Veterinary acupuncture falls under the umbrella of a comprehensive plan of treatments called “Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine” also commonly abbreviated as TCVM.

Thousands of years of practice and millions of cases observed has built the foundation for TCVM’s model, the model that the patient is an organism which has interrelated energetic parts. These parts all correspond, one to one another, working together, affecting each other, etc. TCVM is a holistic medicine which seeks to address the body and spirit of the animal, and it does so by using acupuncture, massage, herbs, supplements, diet, exercise, etc. TCVM is a completely drug-free approach to veterinary medicine, and is much appreciated for that.

Prestigious Recognition of Veterinary Acupuncture

In 2015, the American Animal Hospital Association and the American Association of Feline Practitioners together issued statements alluding to their support of veterinary acupuncture. These groups put out headlines saying that veterinary acupuncture was a “Compelling and safe method for pain management,” and that it, “Should be strongly considered as part of a pain management plan in pets.”

These are just two prestigious organizations that have applauded veterinary acupuncture as being an effective and reliable form of veterinary medicine. The American Veterinary Medicine Association also spoke in praises for veterinary acupuncture, saying that, “Veterinary acupuncture and acutherapy are now considered an integral part of veterinary medicine.”

Countryside Animal Hospital; The Best Veterinary Clinic for Chinese Veterinary Acupuncture

Countryside Animal Hospital’s own Doctor Thomas J. Rainey, DVM, is the leading veterinarian in the United States in Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Rainey is certified under many degrees and accolades, including:

  • A Bachelor of Science and Agriculture from the University of Minnesota, 1971
  • A Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from the University of Minnesota, 1973
  • The Attending Vet for the Dickerson Park Zoo, Springfield, Missouri, 1980-1984
  • A Certified Veterinary Acupuncturist of the Chi Institute of Chinese Medicine, 2005
  • A Member of the American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association
  • A Member of the American Veterinary Medical Association

 

With veterinary acupuncture, Dr. Rainey is able to bridge the gap between medicine and surgery, enabling him to treat thousands of pets without having to perform nerve-wracking and sometimes risky surgeries on them. Dr. Rainey is able to afford a comfortable, happy, and long life to thousands of pets every year through his use of Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine. For more information, call Countryside Animal Hospital at (502) 222-4663.

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Melissa M.
Melissa M.
My kitten Martica is my emotional support cat and is very dear to me. He is 11mo. Old. Country side animal hospital has taken care of him for me all... his lil life. Very specific though he has been treated on 2 seperate occasion for illnesses once for a double severe ear infection..Dr. Rainey aka The Magic Man had him feeling better and healed in no time flat and helped us eliminate his allergen. Also more serious he was also treated for aspirations pneumonia w complications from meditation he recieved at blue pearl hospital after hours treatment Dr.Rainey kept him overnight gave him fluids and ran every necessary test gave him shots he could tolerate very well fixed his diet and saved Marticas life. He also provides safe cat treats cat toothpaste and brush and his shampoo right in the office for easy convenience. Magic Man aka Dr. Rainey and his staff..ms. Candy. Ms. Sophia and everyone there are the greatest! I would NEVER take my Martica anywhere but there i learned the hard way..but Dr.Rainey saved the day as always!!read more
Joel W.
Joel W.
These guys are by far the best vet I have been to in my 30 years of having pets… they are EXTREMELY accommodating, and very reasonably priced… I... would DEFINITELY recommend them to anyone looking for a vet!!!read more
Valerie K.
Valerie K.
Our lab was attacked by a pit at Morgan Park. 3" laceration, torn ACL. We went unscheduled to Dr Rainey. They took us right in. He made a rapid... accessment. Printed out details and estimate of what he may have to do. We agreed with his judgement left our lab over nite. Next day Doc calls. "Looks like minor surgery on the wound, pain pills and antibiotic, he should be fine." He was a new dog to us! Not only was Doc Rainey accurate with his diagnosis but he did exactly what he said he would do and charged exactly what he estimated it to be. So refreshing to have such an experienced vet with integrity. Great caring staff as well, thank you! Brian, Val & Lakerread more
Robin C.
Robin C.
Wonderful service, very acknowledgeable and kind to my animals. Dr Rainey is a great veterinarian and I trust him with my animals. He is now my... veterinarianread more
Cory C.
Cory C.
The team here is nothing short of amazing. They are caring, professional, courteous, and take pride in what they do. They are great with our... animals, and we won't take them anywhere else. So glad we found Countryside.read more
C P
C P
Dr Rainey and staff are incredible! The best veterinarian clinic that I’ve ever frequented.I have a deep respect and appreciation for Dr Rainey and... the way that he approaches my pet’s health with compassion, merging East and West philosophies, delivering premium care for my Marley, that’s individualized and specific to his healthcare needs.It’s more than a clinic, it’s a hospital staffed with people who genuinely love and care for animals. Dr Rainey performed extensive surgery on my dog and it’s amazing how quickly Marley is healing and recovering even with other comorbities.Everyone at the office has been so kind and offered me a level of peace even through some difficult decision-making regarding my dog’s care. Their medical expertise is top notch. Honestly, I’ve never been to a vet that I trusted more.So if you’re looking for a holistic approach to your pet’s healthcare needs, you’ve found the right place. I am beyond grateful that I found them.The drive from Louisville is nothing compared to the level of peace they will offer you.They’re just wonderful. ❤️Contessa Pantojaread more
Patricia O.
Patricia O.
Dr. Rainey is wonderful!He is quality over quantity and was very present at our consultation for our dog's health.He explained what he would be... doing, why he had to do it, and how he came to the conclusions.He educated us so that we didn't require blind faith but we understood the what's, the why's, the when's and the how's.He gave clear instructions with a calm bedside manner.I thought the costs were a bit pricey but about the same as any other vet.He didn't try to upsale us on unnecessary things.This visit was thumbs up!A+read more
candice L.
candice L.
We just moved to the area and hadn't established care with a vet yet. My English Bulldog had an urgent need to be seen and I brought her in to... Countryside Animal Hospital. Dr. Rainey was quick to assess that she needed emergent care at a vet hospital and recommended the best facility that could meet her needs quickly. Once released I took her back to help manage the chronic condition she was diagnosed with and couldn't be happier with his expertise! She is now doing well and his recommendations solved an issue that we didn't realize she had for years. I highly recommend Countryside Animal Hospital!read more
Mary Jo D.
Mary Jo D.
My dog is very anxious. The staff did well with him and our visit went better than I expected. Dr. Rainey and the rest of the staff are very kind and... take the time to listen to any concerns.read more
Dona K.
Dona K.
Dr Rainey and staff are wonderful. My dog has had a recurrent ear infection, I have been to numerous vets and for the first time in a few years my... dog is infection free. Thank you Countryside!!!read more
Chaz F.
Chaz F.
The staff at Countryside are so kind and take excellent care of our pets! They truly go above and beyond to make sure our pets are comfortable during... visits and help answer any questions we have.read more
Robert O.
Robert O.
Everyone there is very helpful, friendly, and professional. I believe you are very thorough in the care you give SanDee. The only drawback is this... care is a bit expensive.read more
P M.
P M.
On vacation and my pup got bit by something, causing a lump and swelling. Office scheduled me quickly (next morning). Vet was kind and gentle with my... little girl. Gave her a shot of cortisone that helped. Office Staff was extremely friendly. Pricing was a bit higher than our usual vet, but much more reasonable than typical animal hospitals @$125. Would definitely go again for treatment if needed.read more
mary W.
mary W.
Very reasonable surgical prices, kind compatonate staff. Truly cares about my senior dogs health and wellbeing! Just moved here from out of state... this is for sure my new vet!read more
Renee B.
Renee B.
I brought my dog for acupuncture treatments Everyone there is very nice and friendly . Dr Rainey takes time to explain things in detail. He was... even able to catch a kidney issue that we had no idea she had.read more
Cassandra P.
Cassandra P.
Dr. Rainey and his staff are always so nice and sweet. Very caring and they treat my fur babies like there own. Highly Recommend them. You can't... find any better vet than them. I lost my Companion of 13 years (Snuggles) and they were so supportive and sent there sympathy. ❤️ I truly can't put there practice into words. Absolutely love this Place and all the Staffread more
Rhonda F.
Rhonda F.
Rhonda FullerWe sought out a good animal vet and staff due to the severe abuse from Covid and the restrictions when we lost our last dog due to vet... clinic abuse. We prayed feverently and found Countryside Animal Hospital. We realize the vet does not perform major surgeries and this has been very important to us due to the ongoing Covid restrictions from other vet offices. We like the smaller clinic environment, and the assistant Amy is so good with our dogs. We appreciate Dr. Rainey and his care for our dogs.read more
Christina G
Christina G
We came in because it was time to say goodbye to our sweet dog. The staff was kind and respectful. They explained everything about how our dog would... react and what to expect. For such a sad time for our family the staff were comforting, which we very much appreciate. I'd recommend them to anyone who is looking for a wonderful Veterinarian office for your fur babies.read more
Barbara G.
Barbara G.
We took our GS in for a second opinion and got more information than ever before. Dr Rainey gave us some herbal supplements along with a pain med... and it had worked wonders on our girl. She’s acting like her playful self again.read more
Rosemary G.
Rosemary G.
Dr. Rainey has correctly diagnosed our cat, Diva, with two different conditions this year alone. He has given Diva the proper treatment and she's... responded very well. We are so fortunate that he is able to be Divas doctor, and the staff there has treated her so well. We won't go anywhere else.read more
Lola H.
Lola H.
I have been bringing my baby to Dr. Rainey since she was 8 weeks old. She still has a tiny bit of anxiety when she gets back to the exam room but the... staff and Dr. Rainey are great with her. She leaves there just as happy as when she arrived. I feel his prices are fair and affordable and Dr. Rainey and his staff have always been friendly and inviting every time we have come in.read more
Ashley W.
Ashley W.
Bailey loves her new diet! It has stopped her stomach issues and she is thinner and full of life! She eats salmon, green beans and sweet potatoes!!... This makes sense now more than ever with everything I have seen with dogs sharing similar dna to humans.read more
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Glisseal !
Very expensive. Nice people but they insist that every dog needs certain things and you know very well none of your previous dogs never needed it.... Location is very convient.read more
Larry V.
Larry V.
We took our new Barbet puppy for his first Veterinarian visit this week, which was awesome. The staff was friendly, and Dr. Rainey shared much good... information about puppy health. It has a small-town country feel, and I love that!! I look forward to having them care for my new Barbet, Moses, for a long time. Thanks to everyone at Countryside for making us feel comfortable.read more
Heather D.
Heather D.
Dr. Rainey saved my kitty Bandit. No other vet has been as caring, attentive or professional and I've taken him to SIX vets in town. Most wouldn't... help him, tried to put him to sleep!!I will never go anywhere else with my fur babies Dr. Rainey is literally the best vet in the greater Louisville area. I'm always in and out on time as well and the prices are very affordable, especially because he accepts Care Credit. Thank you Dr. Rainey and his nice staff. LT Dan Bandit is able to eat and have his life back thanks to you!!!!!read more
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