How Acupuncture Can Help

Acupuncture is a truly amazing and effective, non-invasive ancient treatment which involves inserting thin needles into specific points on your pet’s body to bring it back into balance. Acupuncture treatments may be able to reduce or eliminate the need for continuous medications or help to relieve the side effects of medications which are absolutely necessary. Acupuncture is a great tool for a holistic care approach as well.


Acupuncture can be used for:

Natural pain relief

Digestive support


Allergy relief

Immune support



Pets with acute or chronic conditions can benefit from acupuncture

Typically,  more acute conditions have quicker improvement with acupuncture. Conditions which are more chronic in nature may take longer to improve. Generally, most conditions benefit from once weekly treatments for the first 4-6 weeks;  some treatments may require maintenance treatments to support the pet. Acupuncture can offer support for the following conditions:


Back pain/intervertebral disc disease

Epilepsy/seizure disorders

Inflammatory bowel disease

Kidney disease

Liver disease

Autoimmune disease

Cushing’s disease



Neurological disorders (Paralysis, Degenerative Myelopathy, Laryngeal Paralysis)

Urinary or fecal incontinence


Frequently Asked Questions

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What happens during a visit for acupuncture?

Depending on the condition, we may assess your pet’s tongue and pulse. While it may seem a little strange, checking both of these provides valuable information about your pet’s organs, the function of the organs and how to best place the needles for the treatment. The needles are thin and push the skin out of the way rather than cut it. While some acupuncture points may be sensitive and cause slight discomfort once the needles are inserted, typically this discomfort quickly subsides. Some people worry that their pets may not tolerate the treatment, but most pets sit still for their treatments and some even fall asleep.

What are side effects?

When performed by a trained and certified veterinary acupuncturist, acupuncture is generally safe with minimal side effects. Some patients may have a temporary worsening of their symptoms or maybe a little sore for 24-28 hours after treatment. Bruising, breaking of the needle, needle ingestion or puncture of internal organs are all extremely rare but possible side effects.