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Hayes Veterinary Hospital & Entrance Road Veterinary Clinic

Acupuncture Therapy

Acupuncture therapy for your pet is a pain-free way to treat a variety of conditions, primarily those dealing with inflammation and pain.


At a glance, acupuncture therapy may seem like an unnecessary way to spoil your pets. However, according to the American Animal Hospital Association, there are proven positive effects that can enhance your pet’s quality of life. Acupuncture is a pain-free form of treatment that involves inserting thin needles into specific points of the body to stimulate healing. This treatment should be considered if your pet is suffering from conditions causing pain and inflammation.

Why would my pet need acupuncture therapy?

Acupuncture therapy can help in treating, and potentially diagnosing, a variety of ailments and diseases. This relaxing treatment for your pet improves tissue blood flow, oxygenation and removes metabolic waste and toxins. Additionally, acupuncture therapy lacks many of the negative side effects that prescription medication has on your pet’s internal organs. This means that it can be safely used alongside other mediums of treating pet illness.

When is acupuncture therapy appropriate?

Veterinary acupuncture can be incredibly useful in treating a variety of conditions, particularly those that involve inflammation and pain. This treatment should be considered if your pet is suffering from pain or inflammation caused by: arthritis, cancer, metabolic disease, traumatic nerve injury, degenerative joint disease, asthma, and many other conditions. Please contact us to determine if acupuncture therapy is the right choice for your pet.

How does acupuncture therapy work?

Veterinary acupuncture has been used for decades on both exotic and domestic animals as a type of therapy treatment. It stimulates specific points of the body that alter various physiological and biochemical conditions, and assist in the body’s effort to heal itself. Acupuncture can stimulate nerves, increase blood circulation, relieve muscle spasms, and cause the release of hormones.

It is important to note that acupuncture does not necessarily cure conditions—it restores energy flow, aiding in improved or cured health conditions. It can be used alone or in combination with other medications recommended.

Acupuncture Protocol

Acupuncture uses extremely thin needles that cause minimal to no pain, and because of that, are generally well-tolerated by pets. However, incorrect placement of the needle or inadequate sterilization can result in pain or complications.

Duration of treatment can vary depending on the condition of your pet, as well as the number of treatments needed. Chronic conditions may take a few treatments for a positive response to be seen. After optimum responses are achieved, treatments may taper off.

With advanced equipment and progressive methodology, we are committed to providing the best possible acupuncture pet care for your furry friend. Every test, decision, and treatment is customized to the specific needs of your cat, dog, or other animal so that they can manage their condition or recovery and live out their happy, healthy life.