How Is Acupuncture Beneficial for Pets?

July 26, 2021

Acupuncture is an ancient Chinese practice that has been in use for many years on both human beings and animals. This practice is based on the philosophy that disease is caused by the imbalance of forces working in the body. Therefore, it focuses on restoring this energy in the body, thereby promoting healing and restoring a pet’s overall health. This treatment complements other conventional veterinary methods of medication, such as the use of medicine and surgery.


How Does It Work?

Here, an acupuncturist inserts needles into an individual’s nerve fibers, muscles, fascia, and tendons. These needles help to improve the circulation of blood and stimulate hormone release wherever they are placed. In so doing, the body corrects any imbalances and begins to heal itself.

Many pet parents prefer acupuncture because, unlike most pain medications and anti-inflammatory drugs, it is quite safe and has no side effects. The number of treatments required depends on your acupuncturist’s diagnosis. In most cases, the treatment is done once a week for four to five weeks.


Conditions That Can Be Treated by Acupuncture

Acupuncture can help pets with the following conditions:

  • Arthritis and degenerative joint disease.

  • Allergies.

  • Digestive issues.

  • Hormonal or metabolic problems.

  • Spinal and certain neurological conditions.

  • Back and neck pain.

  • Gastrointestinal problems.

  • Trauma.

If your pet has any of the above, your vet may recommend you visit an acupuncturist.



Acupuncture has several benefits. These include:

  • Pain relief.

  • Decreased inflammation.

  • Improved circulation.

  • Relief of Muscle spasms.

  • Nerve stimulation.

  • Helps relieve musculoskeletal problems such as arthritis, hip dysplasia, and nerve injuries.


Side Effects

Acupuncture does not have any significant side effects. However, you can expect soreness, mild bleeding, or bruising at the site of insertion. Moreover, though rare, the pet may develop an infection where the acupuncturist placed the needles. Additionally, some pets can feel drowsy after the first day.

However, when done correctly by a professional acupuncturist, it is painless for small animals. Some animals even appear to be relaxed and sleepy. It is essential to note that the practice is not for older pets or pets with serious illnesses. Acupuncture is best suited for pets with orthopedic conditions such as arthritis or back pain.



The results majorly depend on the diagnosis. However, generally, the results are evident after three to four sessions. Additionally, before starting acupuncture, ensure that the acupuncturist is qualified and has a veterinary license and formal training in veterinary acupuncture.


What Other Therapies May Help?

There have been new developments, such as the use of a laser instead of the use of needles. Additionally, acupressure can be used. Acupressure involves the massaging of trigger points. These two may be suitable for those pets who dislike needles but need treatment. In addition, there are other alternatives, including laser therapy.

This non-invasive method improves blood circulation and regenerates cells. This can complement acupuncture in pets that suffer from chronic pain. Additionally, depending on the diagnosis, the acupuncturist may recommend electro-acupuncture or herbal supplements to promote speedy healing.

Do you want to know how acupuncture is beneficial to your pets? Call The Vet in Springboro at (937) 748-6363 to talk to a professional. Our office is in Springboro, Ohio.

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