Acupuncture is a traditional Chinese medicine treatment that has been practised for thousands of years. It involves inserting thin needles into energy pathways (“meridians”) to help rebalance the body. Acupuncture is not just for humans—it can also be helpful for your pet!

What are the benefits of acupuncture for animals?

Acupuncture has many physiological benefits, namely stimulating blood flow and activating the lymphatic and nervous systems. It also bolsters the immune system and can relieve inflammation and pain.

When should I seek acupuncture treatment for my pet?

Acupuncture is used in many different situations. It can help treat motor and musculoskeletal issues, different kinds of pain, skin and neurological problems and even gastrointestinal disorders. Acupuncture can also be used preventively.

What happens during an acupuncture session?

The veterinarian conducts a veterinary examination and identifies any imbalances. Next, the vet chooses different points along the meridians to insert the needles and restore balance. Animals handle the thin needles well. Most are relaxed and even manage to fall asleep during treatment. The needles are flexible, so it’s not a problem if your pet moves. They do not have to remain perfectly still.

You may need several sessions to see results, but you will typically notice a significant improvement after just one or two treatments. The number of sessions depends on the condition being treated. Your vet will schedule treatments based on how your pet responds.

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