Can You Acupuncture My Cat? Considerations on Treating Animals From a Veterinarian Acupuncturist

With Guest: Neal Sivula

Episode Qi018

Practice acupuncture long enough and one of your patients is bound to mention some issues their pet is having. They might ask for some herbal advice, or see if you'd be up for treating their furry friend.
Perhaps you've tried your hand at treating your own critters. Found that your cat is more frisky after acupuncture or that the dog's hips aren't such a bother after a few needles.
In this episode we talk with a veterinary acupuncturist about the legal considerations, training programs and safety considerations for working with animals.
Listen in and explore the world of animal acupuncture.
In this conversation we discuss:
  • Legalities
  • Transferring human acupuncture skills to animals
  • Cautions and concerns of treating animals
  • Is there a placebo effect in animals?
  • Conditions that respond well
  • CBD oils with animals
  • How to find a good veterinarian acupuncturist
Neal Sivula

Dr. Sivula received his DVM from the Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine. He completed an Internship, Clinical Residency and PhD from the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine. He is also certified in Animal Chiropractic from the College of Animal Chiropractors and the American Veterinary Chiropractic Association, in Veterinary Acupuncture from the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society and in Veterinary Chinese Herbalism and Food Therapy from the Chi Institute of Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine.

He also holds and advanced acupuncture certification from the American Academy of Veterinary Acupuncture (Fellow of the AAVA). Dr. Sivula is a past board member of the American Veterinary Chiropractic Association, the College of Animal Chiropractors and the American Academy of Veterinary Acupuncture (AAVA) and is past President of the AAVA.

Dr. Sivula is the founder of Dancing Paws Animal Wellness Center, an Integrative Veterinary Practice in Richfield Ohio. He is also is an Executive Editor of the American Journal of Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine, Chair of the Integrative Medicine Committee for the Ohio Veterinary Medical Association , Chair of the Advanced Certification Committee of the AAVA and the Vice President of the American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association.
Links and Resources

Dancing Paws Animal Wellness Center
4646 West Streetsboro Road
Richfield Ohio 44286
PH: 330-659-3441
Twitter: @nealjsivula

How to find a holistic veterinarian: Referral Databases
Chi Institute of Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine
International Veterinary Acupuncture Society
Curacore Integrative Medicine and Education Center

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Michael Max

Acupuncturist, Podcast Host
About me
I've always been more drawn to questions than answers. And the practice of medicine seems to more lively when infused with a sense of curiosity and inquiry. It's been delight and honor to be able to discuss our medicine with so many thoughtful and skilled practitioners.

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