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How Acupuncture for My Pet Works


Acupuncture is a method of stimulating specific points on the body, resulting in a desired physiologic effect. Acupuncture therapy is used when conventional therapy and/or medications are ineffective or are having undesirable side effects and where surgery is not feasible. The following conditions may respond to acupuncture (please be aware that this list is not all-inclusive):

Musculoskeletal Disorders/Chronic Pain Conditions

  • Osteoarthritis
  • Post-operative therapy for Cruciate Repair
  • Hip Dysplasia
  • Terminal Cancer Pain
  • Intervertebral Disk Disease
  • Joint pain
  • Dry eye
  • Kidney support

Dermatologic Disorders

  • Lick Granulomas
  • Feline Psychogenic Alopecia
  • Allergic Dermatitis
  • Otitis Externa (in conjunction with Antibiotics)

Neurologic Disorders

  • Traumatic Nerve Injury
  • Epilepsy (Seizures)
  • Facial Nerve Paralysis
  • Spinal cord injury

Elimination Disorders

  • Feline Inappropriate Elimination Disorder
  • Urinary or Fecal Incontinence

Respiratory Disorders

  • Asthma
  • Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease

Gastrointestinal Disorders

  • Chronic intractable diarrhea and/or constipation
  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease
  • Nausea and vomiting

Endocrine Disorders

  • Primarily used in conjunction with conventional therapies that, for whatever reason, are unable to adequately regulate the patient

Acupuncture therapy is typically performed once or twice a week for four to six weeks. Treatments are then tapered to the frequency necessary to maintain the animal’s improvement. Normally, patients are seen once every two to six months for continued maintenance therapy, however the therapy is always specifically tailored to meet each patient’s needs.

As with any therapy, proper diagnosis is essential for a successful treatment outcome. Therefore, it is imperative that acupuncture therapy be preceded by a thorough and accurate traditional Western medical diagnostic work-up.