Medical Acupuncture

What is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture is the practice of inserting fine, solid needles into the body for pain relief or, in some cases to help the body to deal with other diseases.  It works through the nervous system.  The needles block the pain signals and encourage the brain and central nervous system to produce more of the body's nature painkillers.  In conditions that are not painful, acupuncture may help to improve function, reduce anxiety, improve appetite and generally make your pet feel better.

Will Acupuncture hurt my pet?

Acupuncture needles stimulate nerve endings in the skin.  This stimulation sends signals to the brain and spinal cord to cause a local and systemic effect.  Your pet may feel the needle enter the skin, especially if the treatment is in an area of a tight muscle or "trigger point".  Once the needle is place, however the pet often relaxes. Most pets accept the fine needles very well and often become relaxed and sleepy during the treatment.

What conditions can be treated with acupuncture?

  • Back pain
  • Arthritis
  • Muscle and ligament sprains/strains
  • Paralysis/paresis
  • Chronic gastrointestinal disease
  • Lick granulomas
  • Urinary and fecal incontinence
  • Epilepsy
  • Stress related disorders
  • Chronic renal failure
  • Chronic respiratory conditions
  • Immune dysfunction