INTEGRATIVE ONCOLOGY CARE & ACUPUNCTURE
While chemotherapy is generally well tolerated for many pets, there is still a risk of these treatments causing nausea, diarrhea, and low white blood cell counts leading to risk for infection. Acupuncture is often used as adjunctive therapy for human cancer patients to help reduce the potential burdens of cancer and its treatment. Studies in people with cancer have shown that acupuncture can benefit these individuals by reducing nausea and by reducing the risk of low white blood cell counts. Furthermore, acupuncture can benefit the oncology patient in other aspects such as helping improve energy level, reduce pain, and support liver and kidney function. Acupuncture may be used safely in combination with traditional cancer treatments. Acupuncture is not intended to replace the medications or treatments prescribed by your referring veterinarian or oncologist. Acupuncture may be administered at the same time as your pet’s chemotherapy appointment, making this a convenient option for both you and your pet. For additional information on acupuncture treatment in pets, please visit the Acupuncture Service homepage.