Veterinary Acupuncture

Acupuncture involves the insertion of sterile needles into specific points on the body to cause a therapeutic effect.  It may include other methods such as electrical stimulation, moxibustion, and aquapuncture.  The specific point on the body is called an acupoint.  The ancient Chinese have discovered 361 acupoints in humans and 173 acupoints in animals.  Acupuncture has been part of the mainstream veterinary medical system in China for thousands of years.

Acupoints are located in areas where there is a high density of free nerve endings, mast cells, small arterioles, and lymphatic vessels.  Studies indicate that stimulation of acupoints induces the release of beta-endorphins, serotonin, and other neurotransmitters.  Studies show that acupuncture stimulation induces the following physiological effects: pain relief, promotion of tissue healing, regulation of gastrointestinal motility, anti-inflammatory effects, immunoregulation, hormone and reproductive regulation, and antifebrile effects.

Acupuncture is a very safe medical procedure when administered by a qualified practitioner.  There are few negative side effects reported.
Each session will last 40-60 minutes.  The first session takes longer than follow-up appointments due to history taking and TCVM (Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine) exam.
This depends on the situation.  Some results can be seen immediately, but others require several treatments.  Treatments can be done daily, weekly, monthly or farther apart depending on the severity and chronicity of the condition.  A minimum of 3-5 treatments 1-2 weeks apart is recommended before notable improvement is expected.
Acupuncture is not painful because acupoints are stimulated using very small needles, almost as thin as hair.  Over 95% of patients are comfortable during acupuncture therapy.  Many animals will even fall asleep during treatment due to the relaxation effect.

Acupuncture therapy can be effective for:

Musculoskeletal problems

  • Muscle soreness
  • Back pain
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Degenerative joint disease

Gastrointestinal disorders

  • Diarrhea
  • Gastric ulcers
  • Vomiting
  • Constipation
  • Impactions

Quality of Life

  • Maintenance
  • Hospice care

Neurological disorders

  • Seizures
  • Intervertebral disc disease (IVDD)
  • Laryngeal hemiplegia
  • Facial and radial nerve paralysis

Other chronic conditions

  • Asthma
  • Cough
  • Renal failure
  • Chronic liver diseases
  • Behavioral problems
  • Cushing’s disease
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Hyperthyroidism
  • Geriatric weakness
  • Skin problems

Cautions and Contraindications:
Acupuncture should be used with caution in the following conditions: fractures, pregnancy, open wounds, tumors.