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Equine Acupuncture with Our Equine Veterinarian in Mifflintown

Are you a horse lover like us? Then you'll love Dr. Russell LaPierre, our equine veterinarian in Mifflintown and Lewistown. Our staff is continually looking for ways to offer our animal patients the most innovative, effective, safe, and affordable animal care services possible. That's why the team at Pleasant View Veterinary Clinic of Lewistown--along with our satellite location, Juniata Veterinary Clinic of Mifflintown--is proud to be one of the only veterinary clinics in the area to offer equine acupuncture. Keep reading to learn more about this exciting treatment. 

Horse galloping in the meadows

What Is Equine Acupuncture?

Acupuncture is an ancient alternative healing technique that has been used for centuries on people and animals alike. In horses, it's been shown to offer a variety of specific benefits including:

  • Increased circulation
  • Reduced pain
  • Reduced swelling
  • Accelerated cellular repair 
  • Improved neural function, thus normalizing the digestive, immunological, and hormonal systems

Whether your horse is suffering from an acute or chronic health condition, acupuncture may be a great choice to help provide natural and drug-free pain relief. 

What to Expect During an Acupuncture Session with Our Mifflintown & Lewistown Veterinarian

First and foremost, you can expect your horse to be treated with respect, gentleness, and compassion by our entire staff when you bring the animal in for its first acupuncture appointment. Our Mifflintown and Lewistown veterinarian, Dr. LaPierre (who is certified in veterinary acupuncture), will carefully and calmly identify which areas of your horse's body are causing discomfort and pain.

Next, with your horse standing in a comfortable position, Dr. LaPierre will insert the acupuncture needles. These are small, thin sterile needles inserted into your horse's skin, where they activate various nerves and trigger the above-noted healing effects. Your animal may experience mild discomfort when the needles are inserted, but the treatment generally causes minimal to no pain or side effects. 

You can expect a typical session to last anywhere from 15 to 60 minutes. Your horse may require one session or multiple sessions to achieve the maximal healing effect. 

Wondering If Acupuncture May Be Right for Your Horse? Schedule a Consultation with Our Lewistown & Mifflintown Veterinarian Team Today

Dr. LaPierre and the rest of our Lewistown and Mifflintown veterinarian staff wants what's best for your horse--and we're happy to help in any way we can. We consider ourselves luckier than a pair of horseshoes to be able to work with animals of all breeds and sizes! To learn more about animal acupuncture or to hear about our other services, call us today. 

Looking for an equine veterinarian? Call us at 717-248-4703 today.