Acupuncture is a very safe medical procedure when performed by a qualified veterinarian. The vast majority of patients experience no discomfort and often become more relaxed as the procedure progresses. Human patients report a "tingling" sensation or "heavy" feeling at needle insertion points. Many clients report that their pets are very relaxed and sleep well after a reatment. Acupuncture is often used in veterinary medicine to treat musculoskeletal, neurological, pulmonary, gastrointestinal, reproductive and dermatological problems.
The most common conditions are intervertebral disc disease, degenerative myelopathy, central nervous disorders, asthma, and chronic pain from degenerative join disease. Acupuncture sessions will take from 20 minutes to one hour depending on the treatments required. The number of treatments depends on the condition being treated, the severity and duration of disease. Chronic diseases can be most challenging to treat and may require long term treatment. In general most conditions require 3 to 5 treatments before improvement is observed.
Since 1999, Dr. Marilyn Koski has been a faculty clinician at U.C. Davis School of Veterinary Medicine in the Companion Avian and Exotic Service (CAPE). As faculty in CAPE, Dr. Koski provides a wide range of diagnostic, surgical and medical services to client-owned exotic animal species and wildlife.
In addition to her exotic animal interests, Dr. Koski completed acupuncture training in 2006, at the Chi Institute in Gainsville, Florida.
This service is available at our Northgate location.
For an appointment with Dr. Koski, please call Northgate Veterinary Hospital at 209-825-6060