“A Form of Permanent Acupuncture”
Acupuncture involves specific points in the body and are located along lines of the body called meridians. These points are often areas of high electrical conductivity and nerve stimulation and when aroused by an acupuncture needle, acupressure, or implanted gold beads, they have physiological effects in the body. These may include blocking pain pathways back to the brain as well as releasing chemicals in the body such as endorphins and serotonins.
If your pet responds to acupuncture but seems to need the treatment often to control clinical signs or if it is difficult to get your pet in for treatment due to limits in travel, anxiety of pet and/or severity of disease, they may be a candidate for gold beads.
What are common conditions treated with gold bead implants?
- Hip Dysplasia
- Elbow Dysplasia
- Intervertebral disc disease
- Wobblers Disease
- Epilepsy (seizures)
What is involved?
Your pet would be placed under sedation and/or anesthesia depending on your individual pet and condition. Four to six gold beads are placed through large bore needles directly into specific acupuncture points. The amount of points and where the points are depends on what we are treating.
How long does it take to see improvement?
It varies A LOT! Sometimes we can see immediate effects within 24 hours and sometimes it is a slow progressive improvement over a matter of weeks or months.
What are the potential complications?
Complications are very rare, as seen in acupuncture treatment. More common but short term side effects can be bleeding at the injection sites, initial soreness for 24 to 48 hours, sedation from sedatives or anesthesia received during the procedure and infection. It is recommended to NOT bath your get your pet wet (no swimming) for 14 days from the date of the procedure. Antibiotics will be prescribed to your pet to prevent infection for 10-14 days.
Contraindications in the future?
Remember that gold beads once implanted cannot be removed. They may receive radiographs (x-rays) and CT scans. The only contraindication is an MRI.
Will they require follow up acupuncture?
Additional holistic therapy may be needed such as herbal therapy, ozone, or western therapy to receive the maximum treatment response. Results will vary and sometimes only partial or no results are seen (as with any treatment, western or eastern). We would expect that if they respond to acupuncture or acupressure, they would have the same response (with life long effects).