Pooch Pals Canine Executive Officer Marc Elias sat down with Dr. Rachel Barrack of Animal Acupuncture to learn more about this type of therapy and how it can benefit our furry kids.
Pooch Pals: What type of canine ailments can be treated with acupuncture?
Dr. Barrack: There are a many different conditions that can be treated with acupuncture. Some common applications in dogs include:
- degenerative joint disease (arthritis)
- neurological disease (seizures, disc disease)
- gastrointestinal issues (anorexia, diarrhea, vomiting)
- cardiovascular and respiratory disease
- renal disease
- skin disease
- urogenital disease (incontinence)
- immune-mediated diseases
- chronic ear infections
- post operative healing
- behavioral issues
- quality of life support for animals on palliative care
Pooch Pals: Tell us about a client success story that you have had since practicing acupuncture and eastern medicine?
Dr. Barrack: Since integrating Chinese medicine into my veterinary practice, there are have been so many incredible and rewarding moments when I’ve been able to impact an animal’s life for the better. Some of the most special cases have included working with geriatric patients and improving their comfort level and ensuring them more quality time with their beloved owners. It is also been inspiring to see the combination of acupuncture and Chinese herbal therapy work in chronic conditions where traditional Western therapy has proven to be less effective.
Pooch Pals: How does acupuncture work and can you explain what a treatment entails?
Dr. Barrack: Acupuncture is performed by inserting thin, sterile, stainless steel needles into specific points on the body. Most acupuncture points are located along 14 major channels, which form a network that carries blood and energy throughout the entire body. Acupuncture produces a physiological response. It can provide pain relief, stimulate the immune and nervous systems, increase microcirculation, and decrease inflammation. Acupuncture can also help restore balance between organ systems for optimal health and overall well being.
Pooch Pals: What else would you like our community to know about you and your pet care services?
Dr. Barrack: I am a licensed veterinarian with additional training and the resultant certifications in veterinary acupuncture and veterinary Chinese herbology. My practice is totally mobile, as I find doing acupuncture in the comfort of a pet’s familiar surroundings provides a relaxed patient and one more prone to success. Acupuncture is not typically a single visit, but rather to see prolonged results, treatments are on some sort of steady schedule. Depending on the condition and the animal itself, sometimes the treatments are monthly, semi-monthly, or weekly. In addition to treating dogs, my practice extends to cats and horses as well.
To learn more about Dr. Rachel Barrack and Animal Acupuncture visit www.animalacupuncture.com. Pooch Pals clients receive discounts on treatment for a package of either 3 or 5 acupuncture sessions.