SOURCE: Hunt Valley Animal Hospital

Hunt Valley Animal Hospital

March 11, 2012 10:00 ET

Hunt Valley Animal Hospital Announces Pet Acupuncture Services for Pain Management

HUNT VALLEY, MD--(Marketwire - Mar 11, 2012) - Hunt Valley Animal Hospital in Maryland announced that the practice provides veterinary acupuncture as part of the veterinary clinic's pain management services. The hospital provides this service for pain relief and enhancing overall wellness. According to the hospital, studies show that acupuncture treatments may help relieve pain in pets when traditional treatments, such as anti-inflammatory medication, fail to do so. This treatment is part of the hospital's commitment to providing both conventional and holistic care for pain management and senior pet care.

Dr. Gary Brooks, a veterinarian with Hunt Valley Animal Hospital, announced that the hospital is now offering natural pain management services. These treatments are designed to provide pain relief when other conventional methods, such as anti-inflammatory medication and painkillers, are unable to do so.

"As a veterinarian, my primary concern is the safety, comfort and well being of the animal patient," said Dr. Brooks. "When a pet is in pain, this can be extremely frustrating both to the pet owner and the pet. Our hospital is proud to offer this alternative treatment, which has proven to be extremely effective when other treatments have failed."

Dr. Brooks is certified in veterinary acupuncture by International Veterinary Acupuncture Society. He is also recognized as a veterinary massage and rehabilitation therapist, and has completed testing requirements to administer spinal manipulation.

During pet acupuncture, extremely thin needles are inserted into connective tissue in the pet's body. These needles are designed to stimulate the nervous system, increasing the level of endorphins in the body that are essential to pain relief. This physiological response may improve symptoms associated with pain and illness. Depending on the pet, several sessions may be required in order to determine the effectiveness of the treatment.

According to Dr. Brooks, studies show that this treatment may be helpful for a variety of different conditions, including disorders of the musculoskeletal system, immune-related diseases, cardiovascular disorders, chronic respiratory infections, skin ailments, and reproductive problems.

"Just like in humans, this treatment is designed to promote overall well being," said Dr. Brooks. "Combined with other therapies, such as spinal manipulation, we have seen a tremendous difference for pets suffering from pain. This is true for pets dealing with age-related pain, such as arthritis, as well as pain following a traumatic injury. When conventional treatments fail to work, I strongly recommend that pet owners consider a combination of alternative therapies."

As part of the animal hospital's commitment to alternative care, the practice also offers veterinary chiropractics. Dr. Brooks says this treatment can be helpful for pets recovering from an accident injury, such as being hit by a car, as well as older pets with a limited range of motion. Prior to administering spinal manipulation, Dr. Brooks uses veterinary diagnostic imaging to determine the underlying misalignments in a pet's musculoskeletal system.

"Many pet owners may be new to these natural pain management treatments," said Dr. Brooks. "I am always happy to meet with the pet owners to discuss whether the treatments are a good fit for their pet's health needs."

Pet owners may schedule a meeting with the veterinarian by visiting the website

Contact Information

  • Hunt Valley Animal Hospital
    Hunt Valley, MD