Acupuncture is a medical therapy developed over 2000 years ago in Asia.

Acupuncture works by stimulation of precise points on the surface of the body, resulting in the release of the body’s own cortisones, endorphins and infection fighting compounds resulting in relief of symptoms as well as treatment of the cause. This process restores the balance of the body’s energy, also known as “Qi”(pronounced chi).


Acupuncture is setup at Animal Medical Clinic with an emphasis on the initial examination and consultation to establish expectations and goals for the patient. The owner is encouraged to be with their pet for the treatment and usually the treatment is very relaxing for the patient. The appointment will take 40 minutes. The treatment interval varies from once weekly to every other week or less, depending on the response to therapy. Successful response to treatment may occur immediately, or require several visits, since many diseases are chronic in nature.

Acupuncture is most commonly used for treating:

Musculoskeletal Disease

  • Hip Dysplasia
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease and back pain
  • Arthritis
  • Hind-end Weakness in older animals

Intestinal Problems

  • Chronic Vomiting
  • Recurrent Diarrhea

Metabolic and Organ Disease

  • Chronic Kidney Disease
  • Chronic Cystitis
  • Liver Disease
  • Heart Disease


Acupuncture is virtually painless for small animals, and many owners find their pets become relaxed or even sleepy when the needles are in place. … This procedure should only be performed by a certified veterinary acupuncturist trained in traditional Chinese veterinary medicine (TCVM).