Veterinary Acupuncture FAQ

Did you know that your pet can benefit from acupuncture? 

Acupuncture stimulates healing in some conditions and provides effective pain relief in others. It is a safe and effective treatment option for many conditions and may reduce or eliminate the need for chronic medication. 

Here are a few of the comments/questions we get about veterinary acupuncture…

Can my animal benefit from acupuncture?

The success of the treatment will vary according to the condition being treated. The length and frequency of the treatments depend on the condition of the patient and the method of stimulation that is used by the veterinary acupuncturist. Some results can be seen immediately, but most will require several treatments. For those pets with a previously diagnosed disease, veterinary acupuncture can improve their quality of life, help to minimize clinical signs, and in some cases promote resolution.

Is acupuncture painful?

Most animals are extremely tolerant and accepting of needle placement from the first session. Often as the sessions continue they may even fall asleep during the treatment. With those that are more sensitive, most become receptive in time. Acupuncture is one of the safest forms of medical treatment for animals when it is administered by a properly trained veterinarian. Side effects of acupuncture are rare, but they do exist. An animal’s condition may seem worse for up to 48 hours after a treatment. Other animals become lethargic or sleepy for 24 hours. These effects are an indication that some physiological changes are developing, and they are most often followed by an improvement in the animal’s condition.

Can acupuncture be combined with other types of veterinary medicine?

Acupuncture is useful as an adjunct therapy to control vomiting associated with chemotherapy, manage post-operative pain, and speed healing after injuries. However, acupuncture is effective as the sole form of treatment for many conditions. In general, acupuncture can be very effectively combined with most conventional and alternative therapies. It is especially amenable to use in combination with chiropractic care as they both aim to improve healing and pain control by affecting the nervous system.