Acupuncture involves the insertion of needles into certain points of the body where nerve bundles and blood intersect. Through placement in these energy channels, the needles enhance blood circulation and stimulate the release of hormones with the goal of encouraging the body to correct imbalances.

Acupuncture is virtually painless for small animals, and you may find your pet may become relaxed or even sleepy.
There is very low risk with acupuncture. It is performed by a veterinarian with special training in acupuncture.
  • Pain management is one of the most common uses.
  • Regain of function with injury by nerve stimulation.
  • Aging conditions such as osteoarthritis, muscle trigger points, and inflammation.
  • Allergic dermatitis – skin conditions that need increased circulation for healing.
  • Gastrointestinal problems that have symptoms such as nausea and diarrhea.
  • Respiratory problems can benefit from the immune-calming, anti-inflammatory capabilities of acupuncture.
The pain management guidelines published by the American Animal Hospital Association, American Association of Feline Practitioners, and World Small Animal Veterinary Association endorse acupuncture as a safe adjunct treatment for pain management in dogs and cats that should be strongly considered as a part of a multimodal pain management regimen.
Picture collage of dogs getting acupuncture