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Does My Dog Need Acupuncture?

Updated: Jan 12

It might sound crazy, but if acupuncture works wonders for humans, who’s to say that it wouldn’t work for dogs? Acupuncture uses tiny needles on specific body parts to induce healing in the internal nervous system. If you’re thinking, That sounds like some magic to me! You’d be right. Acupuncture for dogs can be a very healing experience, but it’s grounded in science, so you can rest assured this treatment is benefiting your furry friend.



What We Do


Acupuncture is the practice of inserting thin needles into various parts of the body, which in turn “stimulates the nervous system to release chemicals in the brain, spinal cord, and muscles.” These chemicals can affect an animal’s pain signals, helping them regulate their pain better and induce healing. Our rehab vets are specially trained in acupuncture for animals, so they will insert the needles with the utmost care and the goal of relieving your pet’s pain.


Does My Dog Need Acupuncture?


How does a pet owner like you determine when their dog might benefit from acupuncture? If your dog has any of the following conditions, you should consider dog acupuncture:


  • Intervertebral Disc Disease

  • Degenerative Myelopathy

  • Hip Dysplasia

  • Elbow Dysplasia

  • Osteoarthritis

  • Cervical Vertebral Instability

  • Tendinopathy

  • General Pain


If you’ve been watching your precious pet suffer in pain, it might be time to try veterinary acupuncture! Pain medications can only do so much, but acupuncture triggers the body’s internal healing systems to do their work.


Benefits of Acupuncture for Dogs


Not only does acupuncture trigger healing from the inside, but it also does so by increasing blood circulation to promote that healing! It also helps relax tight muscles and release trigger points that cause pain and constrict nerves and blood circulation. In addition to these physical benefits, acupuncture facilitates the release of hormones and brain chemicals that help reduce pain and modulate other functions in the body. This can include the digestive and cardiovascular systems. Acupuncture also reduces inflammation locally and throughout the body, providing pain relief for your dog. This treatment will leave your pet with a general calm feeling in their body and an abundance of positive, healing brain chemicals that will help improve their overall wellbeing.


If this sounds like something from which your dog could benefit, please don’t hesitate to contact us. We can answer any burning questions you have, help you better understand the procedure and give you a pricing estimate for your dog’s acupuncture treatments. Give us a call and get your pet on the road to gentle healing!


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