Karen Collins, VMD

148 East Maple Avenue
Langhorne, PA 19047

(215)687-6245

www.holisticpethealing.net

Karen Collins, VMD,CVA,CVCH - Holistic Pet Healing - Doylestown and Langhorne, PA

What is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture is an ancient healing practice that originated in China. It is performed by placing very fine, sterile needles into specific points on the body. Most animals do not even notice the the needles. The goal of acupuncture is to restore the body to its natural balance. Acupuncture has been used successfully for thousand of years to treat both animals and humans. It is a safe and gentle therapy that can be used as a sole treatments or integrated with conventional medical and surgical care.


Which patients may benefit from acupuncture?

Dogs and cats with the following can benefit from acupuncture and other aspects of Chinese Veterinary Medicine:

  • Arthritis and weakness
  • Intervertebral disk disease (IVDD)--herniated/ slipped disk
  • Back and Neck pain
  • Paralysis due to IVDD
  • Vestibular disease- a disorder of the balance center
  • Fever
  • Seizures
  • Ligament and Tendon Injury
  • Vomiting, Diarrhea, Poor appetite
  • Cancer--to stimulate appetite, support the immune system, relieve pain, suppress tumor growth
  • Adjunct treatment of many chronic diseases including Kidney failure and diseases of liver, lungs, eyes
  • Behavioral issues and Cognitive dysfunction (Senility, Dementia)--especially when combined with Chinese herbal medicine
  • If conventional medical and /or surgical care presents excessive side effects or is less effective than desired.

What can I expect?

During the initial visit, there will be a review of your pet's history, the current problem, a physical examination and a discussion about your pet's individual needs. A treatment plan and goal with be formulated and the first treatment will be given.  You will be present for the treatment. You may want to bring along a favorite treat, in case our selection of goodies does not appeal to your pet. We use soft lighting and calming music as well as a slow approach to alleviate anxiety. Anticipate 60 minutes for the first visit and 45 minutes for subsequent visits. The number of treatments and schedule depends on the individual patient and the severity of the problem. Some acute conditions are resolved with one treatment. Patients with chronic conditions generally respond within 3 to 5 sessions, given every 1 to 2 weeks. Treatments are then tapered to maintain the response.

For additional information or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Karen Collins in either Doylestown or Langhorne, PA, please call 215-687-6245.