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What is pet acupuncture?

Pet acupuncture is a complementary veterinary medical treatment that involves the insertion of thin, sterile needles into specific points on a pet's body. It can be performed alone or in conjunction with other treatments, such as conventional veterinary medicine and physical therapy.

Is pet acupuncture safe?

Yes, pet acupuncture is safe when performed by a qualified and licensed veterinarian who has received proper training in the practice.

How long does a pet acupuncture session last?

A pet acupuncture session typically lasts 30-60 minutes. The number of sessions required will depend on the individual animal and the condition being treated.

What conditions can be treated with pet acupuncture?

Most commonly, we use acupuncture in ​musculoskeletal diseases and neurological problems, such as:
  • Arthritis
  • Hip dysplasia
  • Intervertebral disc disease (IVDD or "slipped disc")
  • Patellar luxation ("slipping kneecaps")
  • Cruciate ligament tears
  • Muscle and ligament injuries
  • Spinal disease
  • Nerve injuries
  • Degenerative myelopathy
  • Paralysis
  • Vestibular syndrome
  • And more
Acupuncture can also be used as an adjunct treatment for:
  • Kidney disease
  • Gastrointestinal problems
  • Urinary tract disorders 
  • Pain management and palliative care (eg. in cancer)
  • And more
We always recommend that we come to a diagnosis for your pet before starting acupuncture treatment, because acupuncture may mask the signs of your pet's condition.

How does pet acupuncture work?

Acupuncture is thought to stimulate the body's natural pain-relieving and anti-inflammatory mechanisms through the following mechanisms:

1. Release of endorphins: Endorphins are natural pain-relieving chemicals produced by the body. Acupuncture is thought to stimulate the release of endorphins, which can help to reduce pain and improve mobility in dogs with osteoarthritis

2. Regulation of cytokines: Cytokines are small proteins that play a role in inflammation and the immune response. Acupuncture is thought to regulate the production and release of cytokines, helping to reduce inflammation and pain.


3. Stimulation of nerve fibers: Acupuncture may stimulate nerve fibers, leading to the release of various neurotransmitters that modulate pain perception and immune function.


4. Changes in blood flow: Acupuncture may also alter blood flow, leading to increased oxygen and nutrient delivery to the affected joints, which can help to reduce inflammation and pain.

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