Veterinary Acupuncture: Noninvasive Holistic Therapy

Acupuncture has been used for centuries to treat a wide range of conditions in humans, and it’s becoming more common in veterinary hospitals as well, including Animal Medical Center of Chandler. This form of holistic medicine, which originated in China, has been evolving for the past three thousand years. It involves placing very slim, sterile needles into specific points of the body to create a healing response. Medical-based acupuncture can be used alone or in conjunction with other treatment modalities, such as laser therapy and medications, to increase its positive results. Dogs and cats of all ages and health conditions can benefit from it. Essentially, acupuncture can help the body safely heal itself in some cases, or improve control of chronic diseases in others.

Dog during pet acupuncture in Chandler

How Does Pet Acupuncture Work?

When needles are placed into the tissue at specific points, they affect the nervous system, resulting in physiological changes. These include nerve stimulation, blood circulation enhancement, muscle relaxation, and hormone release. The release of these anti-inflammatory hormones (endorphins, cortisol, etc.) is one of the contributing factors that leads to improved pain relief. Needle placement is very well tolerated by most dogs and cats, many of whom come to enjoy their treatments. The length and amount of treatment sessions that are needed are dependent on the condition being treated and the health of the patient.

What Conditions Can Pet Acupuncture Be Used to Treat?

Below is a list of some of the most common conditions in dogs and cats that can be treated with acupuncture.

  • Invertebral disc disease
  • Spinal cord injury
  • Arthritis
  • Lameness
  • Post-surgical pain
  • Recovering following trauma
  • Digestive disorders
  • Voiding dysfunction
  • Immune dysfunction
  • Skin and wound issues
  • Eye pain

If your pet has any of the conditions listed on this page (or many others), or if you would like to learn more about how veterinary acupuncture can help your four-legged friend, please give us a call. An Animal Medical Center of Chandler team member will be happy to speak with you.