Veterinary Acupuncture:

An Innovative Pain Management Solution

Acupuncture needles

Acupuncture first began in China more than 3,000 years ago. It’s only in recent decades, however, that its use has become widespread among humans and pets in the United States.

At Town & Country Animal Hospital, we are pleased to make this therapy available to our patients. In many cases, veterinary acupuncture can provide relief to pets who are suffering from a variety of painful health conditions, including cat or dog arthritis, hip dysplasia, and joint injuries, to name a few.

How It Works

Eastern theory suggests that acupuncture helps to restore the balance of qi, which is the flow of energy through the body. This is accomplished via the insertion of small needles into certain points along the body.

Western theory proposes that the placement of the needles has a stimulative effect on nerves, muscles, and surrounding tissues. This results in improved blood circulation and an increased production of endorphins and other chemicals that promote pain relief and healing.

What to Expect

Once it’s determined that your pet could benefit from acupuncture, an appointment will be scheduled with one of our veterinarians. Your pet will be brought to a quiet room where the treatment will be administered. No sedation is required.

As the needles are inserted, they will work on the various nerve and pain centers within your pet’s body. He or she will likely feel very little, if any, discomfort. The majority of patients experience a sense of relaxation during treatment, so much so, in fact, that they may fall asleep. Depending on your pet’s specific condition and his or her response to therapy, additional sessions may be recommended.

Acupuncture offers the benefits of pet pain relief without the potential side effects of pet medications or the trauma of surgery. If you would like to learn more about this service and whether it could benefit your pet, please contact us! We would be happy to schedule a consultation.