Dr. Teresa Bradley Bays is now a certified veterinary acupuncturist!

Acupuncture is a modality that helps with so many issues in both human and animal medicine. It has been an especially great adjunct with western medicine at Belton Animal Clinic and Exotic Care Center in helping with pain, anxiety and stress-associated problems and as an adjunct to traditional western medicine for treating both acute and chronic medical issues including cancer, Cushing’s disease, chronic kidney disease, arthritis, and any diseases that cause pain and inflammation. The physiological effects of acupuncture (how the body responds) are created through a series of interactions among the nervous system, endocrine system, and the immune system. Acupuncture helps to open the flow of energy along the body’s natural meridians to decrease pain as well as to increase the pain threshold. By restoring normal energy flow, the organs are able to work more effectively, allowing the patient’s body to function better as a whole.

Traditional acupuncture is designed to treat the entire patient, rather than symptoms only. Therefore, an individualized treatment plan is developed for each patient. Because most patients have a combination of problems, usually the most significant or acute issues are treated first, so the choice of acupoints may change as the more acute problems are minimized or as new issues arise. Herbal therapy is often used to complement the acupuncture treatment, making changes in both as necessary to provide the best support for the patient.

Dr. Bradley Bays has been certified in Veterinary Acupuncture since 2011 and hs used this modality with huge success for many issues in the pets that we see. It is great for decreasing pain and anxiety as well as inflammation in all cases but especially for arthritis and both acute and chronic inflammatory conditions such as pancreatitis, cystitis (bladder infection), otitis (ear infections) and cancer. Aqua Acupuncture is often used whereby dilute Vitamin B12 is injected into the acupoints specific for the patients needs using a very small needle, this allows for longer lasting stimulation of the points and the B12 helps to support immune function.

We use an individualized treatment plan for each pet and have seen tremendous improvement in our patients. Some of them gain a quality of life their families never imagined they could ever have again!


How does acupuncture work?
There is normally energy flow all the time on all of the meridians on the body from one acupoint to another. Where there is not free flow there is pain and disease occurs. Each acupoint (the place where needles are placed) has been shown to have a decreased electrical resistance, increased area of electrical conductivity and a high density of free nerve endings, arterioloes, lymphatic vessels and mast cells. By restoring normal energy flow, pain is relieved and the organs are able to work more effectively and the body functions better as a whole.


How will an acupuncture and herbal therapy treatment plan be made for my pet?
Many things are taken into consideration when developing an individualized treatment plan for your pet. These include physical examination findings, symptoms, the history of medical problems, tongue and pulse examination, palpation of organ association points, your pet’s personality, and answers to the acupuncture questionnaire. By using all of this information we are able to treat the whole pet every time, rather than to treat individual symptoms. Acupuncture and herbal therapies work best when used alongside traditional veterinary medical therapies

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