Acupuncture

We utilize modern, technological advancements to help diagnose and treat our patients.  However, we also appreciate the role complimentary treatments, such as acupuncture, have in providing comfort and healing with our ailing pets.

When used in combination with other treatment modalities or by itself, acupuncture can help control or manage acute or chronic illness.  Each treatment is tailored to your animal’s unique situation based on a thorough medical history, careful physical examination and assessment of your pet’s condition.

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Meet our Acupuncturist

Dr. Tanya Bork, in addition to her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree, is certified in medical acupuncture and myofascial trigger point release.  She received her certification from Colorado State University.  Hers is a therapeutic acupuncture technique using correct knowledge of anatomy, physiology and pathology to yield a system of treatments that it is as powerful as it is complementary to other conventional treatment modalities.

Dr. Tanya Bork, DVM

What is acupuncture?

Traditionally speaking acupuncture is used to help the body heal itself by correcting energy imbalances in the body.

In modern veterinary medicine, acupuncture is the stimulation of certain points on the body via insertion and manipulation of very fine, sterile, taper point needles at specified, superficial parts of the body.  The gentle insertion of these needles are at particular points, called acupuncture points, where nerves and blood vessels converge.

Each acupuncture point has specific actions when stimulated.  It can stimulate nerves, increase blood circulation, relieve muscle spasms, and cause the release of hormones, such as endorphins (one of the body’s pain control chemicals) and cortisol (a natural steroid).  The stimulation of these points can then produce an overall healing environment.

Each treatment is tailored to your pet’s unique situation based on a thorough medical history, careful physical examination and assessment of the pet’s neurological and musculoskeletal systems.  Any diagnostics (blood work, x-rays, ultrasound, etc.) completed previously will be reviewed by Dr. Bork to formulate a complete treatment plan for your pet.

Acupuncture is beneficial for concerns such as:

  • Musculoskeletal problems (arthritis, hip dysplasia, cruciate ligament injuries)
  • Intervertebral disc disease
  • Paralysis or other traumatic nerve injuries
  • Allergies: itchy dogs and cats, ear infections, impacted anal glands, foot/leg licking
  • Respiratory problems: feline asthma
  • Gastrointestinal problems: diarrhea, constipation
  • Pain: post op surgery, as part of rehab/physical therapy program with Dr. Cely, chronic pain, part of disease process
  • Behavioral Problems: general anxiety, storm phobias, obsessive compulsive disorders
  • Voiding dysfunction: incontinence, night time leaking

Acupuncture Treatments

We strive to maintain a relaxed and enjoyable environment for our patients and their families.  An acupuncture treatment is not meant to be a painful or stressful experience.  Because of this, most patients find their treatments enjoyable, or at the very least tolerable.  Some pets even fall asleep during treatment.  Except in extreme cases, we do not sedate patients and we encourage the family to stay for the sessions.

** During your treatments feel free to bring any tasty treats or toys that you feel would help your pet relax during your sessions.  We also have an endless supply of baby food and treats in stock that we are more than happy to share!  All treatments are done in a nice quiet room, on squishy mats with owners present if they wish.  If you have a feline friend, and they are more comfortable in a carrier, please bring something that has a removable top so that we can work with them while still in their safe space.

Please contact us with any questions or to make an appointment, 716-646-4023!

Here are a few more patients, resting and relaxing while their needles are placed!

Acupuncture session play by play! 

Quin was experiencing some back pain.  Dr. Bork had place his needles in specific points to help relieve some of his discomfort.  She also utilized the electro-stimulator, which can help enhance the effects of the specific needle points.  It can increase blood flow, increase the natural hormones and healing effects experienced at each acupuncture point.

Meet Zoey and Lilly

The following patients have both experienced similar back injuries (IVDD- intervertebral disc disease) and both have make remarkable recoveries thanks to the help of acupuncture!  Spinal cord injuries can result in permanent and irreversible damage. To protect it from damage, the spinal cord runs through a bony canal within the spine and is surrounded by protective bone everywhere except the junction of the vertebrae. These junctions are filled by rubber-like cushions called intervertebral discs. The individual vertebrae and intervertebral discs allow the back to move up and down and sideways without allowing contact between the bones of the spinal column.

With chronic or acute back injuries the outer part of the disc can result in sudden disc rupture or herniation (also called a “slipped disc”). It may not be related to injury, although the rupture frequently occurs after some sort of traumatic event, such as a fall or a relatively small jump. Most dogs with degenerative disc disease are middle-aged, typically from ages three to seven years old.  Certain breeds such as Dachshund, Poodle, Pekinese, Lhasa Apso, German shepherd, Doberman and Cocker Spaniel have a high incidence of intervertebral disc disease.

When the outer shell degenerates, it allows the central part of the disc to escape. Since the disc is thinnest near the spinal cord, disc material that escapes through the tear usually goes upward, putting pressure on the spinal cord. Because the spinal cord is encased within its bony canal, it cannot move away from the pressure and it becomes “pinched”.

The spinal cord is like a telephone cable carrying thousands of tiny wires. When it is crushed, transmission of information through the wires is slowed or stopped. When the disc degenerates and ruptures, it crushes the spinal cord and the nerves.  This puts pressure on the spinal nerves which results in pain and/or loss of information transmission, causing partial or complete paralysis.  Most disc ruptures occur in the middle to lower part of the back. However, they may also occur in the neck.

Zoey and Lilly are both Dachshunds.  They were seen for acute back injuries.  They were unable to walk.  They were experiencing pain, discomfort, stumbling, dragging their feet and criss-crossing as a result of their injuries.  Their outcomes were also the same; with the help of acupuncture and laser therapy both patients began to have less pain and began to walk again!

–> Zoey- Pre-acupuncture- Video Clip, Click Here!

–> Zoey-Post Acupuncture and Laser Treatments- Video Clip, Click Here!

–> Lilly Pre-Acupuncture- Video Clip, Click Here!

–> Lilly Acupuncture Session 3- Video Clip, Click Here!


For referring veterinarians:

Please fill out the following referral form: Acupuncture Referral Form