Acupuncture is the process of stimulating certain points within the body's collagen matrix to produce a targeted healing response.  Each point on the body corresponds with a particular system and outcome.  Using these points we can achieve better  health overall for our pets.  Common uses of acupuncture include:

  • skin problems (ex. allergic dermatitis, lick granulomas, etc.)
  • musculoskeletal problems (ex. arthritis, nerve problems, etc.)
  • breathing problems (ex. asthma)
  • gastrointestinal problems (ex. irritable bowel, diarrhea, constipation, etc.)
  • urinary tract problems (ex. FLUTD in cats, chronic urinary tract infections, etc.)
  • cardiovascular disease
  • reproductive disease

Acupuncture uses very small needles inserted into the specific acupuncture points.  This is relatively painless for the animal due to the very small size of the needles.  There are little to no negative side effects of acupuncture, however some pets may be slightly worse for 24 - 48 hours after treatment as all the changes take place in their body.  Also, some pets are commonly tired for 24 hours after treatment.

Check out the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society website for more information on Veterinary acupuncture.