FIVE THINGS YOU MIGHT NOT KNOW ABOUT PET ACUPUNCTURE
04/28/2011

Many people know about or have been treated by an acupuncturist for illness or preventative health care. Did you know that pets can also benefit from acupuncture? Dr. Sue Pollen, of Dr. Pollen’s Animal Wellness & Veterinary Acupuncture Service, shares five points about pet acupuncture.

Online PR News – 28-April-2011 – – Vancouver, B.C. – Many people know about or have been treated by an acupuncturist for illness or preventative health care. Did you know that pets can also benefit from acupuncture? Dr. Sue Pollen, of Dr. Pollen’s Animal Wellness & Veterinary Acupuncture Service, shares five points about pet acupuncture.

1. There are a range of benefits that acupuncture brings to your pet, including:
• Pain management.
• Improving the functions of all organs (from the skin on the outside to the heart on the inside).
• Easing the aches and pains of arthritis and injuries.
• Helping the recovery process from surgery.
• Boosting the immune response and mitigating allergies.

2. Just like people, some cats and dogs feel relaxed and it is easy to put acupuncture needles into them, while others squirm and fidget. (For pets that really don’t like needles, a soft laser can be used to stimulate healing.)

3. Many pets become so relaxed when treated with acupuncture needles, they fall asleep.

4. In addition to using needles to stimulate acupuncture points, points can be warmed with a rolled up herbal cigar called moxa. Moxa is made of the herb mugwort (artemisia vulgaris), but to many people it smells like marijuana.

5. Veterinarians complete four years of college, four years of veterinarian school, and then they’re ready to study acupuncture. The intensive acupuncture course includes clinical training, exams, research papers and an apprenticeship with an established practitioner. Then, it’s possible to be certified. (In B.C., veterinarians are not allowed to say they’re certified, but elsewhere in the world veterinarians put CVA after their name, which indicates they are a certified veterinary acupuncturist.)

Dr. Sue Pollen will speak on Integrating Acupuncture and Herbal Medicine into Animal Health Care at The Petnership Project Holistic Wellness Pet Show. Located at the Hellenic Community Centre (at 4500 Arbutus Street in Vancouver) on April 30 and May 1 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days, The Petnership Project focuses on the body, mind and spirit of our pets. Admission is $11 per day for all online advanced ticket purchases (at www.petnerships.com) and $16 per day at the door. Admission is free to children under 12 and seniors 65 and over. This groundbreaking public event features a combination of trade show exhibitors and lectures.

Sponsors for The Petnership Project Holistic Wellness Pet Show include KVOS TV, News1130, Postmedia Network, and True Carnivores.

Petnerships.com, producer of The Petnership Project, is an online destination for alternative and progressive pet information. Petnerships’ goal is to provide as much information as possible so each person can make informed choices about giving their companion animal the healthiest and best life possible. For more information, please visit www.petnerships.com.

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For more information or an interview with Petnerships or Dr. Sue Pollen, please contact Paul Holman at paul@ahacreative.com or at 604.303.1052.