SOURCE: Jefferson Animal Hospital

December 14, 2011 09:00 ET

Jefferson Animal Hospital Provides Pet Acupuncture for Pain Relief and Enhanced Wellness

BATON ROUGE, LA--(Marketwire - Dec 14, 2011) - Jefferson Animal Hospital in Baton Rouge has announced that the animal hospital has its own pet acupuncturist on staff. The vet clinic offers this service to provide pain relief for pets and enhance overall pet wellness. Studies show that acupuncture may help relieve pain in pets when traditional painkillers and anti-inflammatory treatments fail to work. In addition to acupuncture, the vet clinic provides general wellness care, pet microchip, pet boarding and emergency care.

Jefferson Animal Hospital has announced that it offers pet acupuncture as a wellness and pain relief service for pets. The Baton Rouge animal clinic is one of the only veterinary clinics with a certified veterinary acupuncturist on staff. Studies show that acupuncture may help relieve pain in pets when other treatments, including painkillers and anti-inflammatory medications, are ineffective.

"We are proud to offer this wellness service to our pets and their families," said Dr. Frederic Michaelson, a veterinarian and co-founder of the animal clinic. "This unique service is not offered by many Louisiana vet clinics, and it can really make a difference in the health and wellness of pets."

Dr. Larry McCaskill, a veterinarian and certified veterinary acupuncturist, uses acupuncture to treat many medical conditions that affect pet wellness. In addition to pain relief, studies show that acupuncture may provide health benefits for pets who suffer from cardiovascular disorders, chronic respiratory infections, skin ailments, immune-related diseases, reproductive problems and disorders of the musculoskeletal system.

"Just like acupuncture can help relieve pain in humans and promote internal healing, it can also make a tremendous difference for the well being of pets, especially those suffering from pain or struggling with chronic illness," said Dr. McCaskill.

Dr. McCaskill emphasized that every pet is unique and, that just like humans, not all pets experience the same benefits of acupuncture.

"For most pets, it may take several sessions to determine the effectiveness of the treatment, although some pets show results after only one session," said Dr. McCaskill. "The frequency and duration of treatment is unique to each pet's wellness needs."

During a treatment session, Dr. McCaskill will insert thin needles into pressure points in a pet's body. The needles are inserted with the purpose of stimulating a physiological response in a pet's body and improving symptoms associated with pain or illness.

"I know that many pet owners may be unfamiliar with acupuncture or have questions about whether this treatment is right for their pet," said Dr. McCaskill. "Myself or another veterinarian are always happy to meet with owners and evaluate their pet to see if he or she is a good candidate for acupuncture."

In addition to pet acupuncture, the animal clinic in Baton Rouge provides a full-spectrum of pet wellness services, including routine check-ups, spay or neuter procedures, pet microchipping, vaccinations, dental care and animal emergency care.

Pet owners who wish to learn more about acupuncture for their pets or who wish to schedule an appointment can do so by visiting the practice's website,

Contact Information

  • Jefferson Animal Hospital
    Baton Rouge, LA