BATON ROUGE, LA (NBC33) — The LSU Veterinary Teaching Hospital has long been regarded as one of the best, and now, they’re adding a new treatment that’s considered to be non-traditional.
Large animals being treated at the facility will now gain possible benefits from acupuncture therapy. The initiative is made possible through a private donor.
The Chinese therapy is a hands-on body treatment that is a holistic technique meant to bring balance to the body and help aide in the recovery process. It’s not meant to supplement traditional surgeries, rather, it’s meant as a supplement. The goal is to help improve the quality of life for the animals.
The benefits of the therapy seem to be most noted in those large animals with pain management issues, dysfunction in gastrointestinal motility, helping with arthritis, back pain and nerve paralysis.
“Acupuncture is an accepted, integrative treatment that is paired with more traditional medicine to treat patients,” said Rebecca McConnico (LSU SVM 1987), DVM, PHD, DACVIM, associate professor of veterinary medicine. “It’s something I’ve wanted to do for a long time, and I’d noticed that clients are requesting it more frequently. I’ve seen it work, and there are clinical studies that support its efficacy.”
Since the LSU Veterinary Teaching Hospital began accepting acupuncture cases in July 2011, Dr. McConnico has provided acupuncture for 10 animals, including horses with anhidrosis, back pain, muscle atrophy, spinal ataxia, and a goat amputee with pain in a weight bearing leg.
If your veterinarian recommends acupuncture as an integrative treatment, please call 225-578-9500. The initial examination to determine if acupuncture is an option is $40, and the acupuncture treatment itself is $100 per treatment.