Acupuncture is defined as the insertion of needles into specific points on the body to cause a desired healing effect. This technique has been used in veterinary practice in China for at least 3000 years to treat many ailments. Acupuncture is used all over the world, either by itself or in conjunction with Western medicine, to treat a wide variety of maladies in every species of domestic animal. Acupuncture is not a cure-all, but it can work very well when it is indicated.

At Shiloh Animal Hospital, we believe that dogs and cats benefit from acupuncture similarly to the way humans benefit from this treatment. Acupuncture can assist the body to heal itself by affecting certain physiological changes. Acupuncture can stimulate nerves, increase blood circulation, relieve muscle spasms, and cause the release of hormones, such as endorphins (one of the body’s pain control chemicals) and cortisol (a natural steroid).

We would be pleased to discuss whether your dog or cat would benefit from acupuncture. Please give us a call to arrange an appointment. Also, please feel free to read more about acupuncture in the frequently asked questions below.

Acupuncture Frequently Asked Questions

For which conditions is acupuncture indicated?

What will my pet feel during an acupuncture treatment?

Is acupuncture safe?

How often does my dog or cat need a treatment, and how long do they last?