Mobile Pet Acupuncture

Acupuncture has been used successfully in people for thousands of years to treat many conditions.  It is also very beneficial for our companion animals and can be performed on pets of any age.  Most commonly, acupuncture is used to treat musculoskeletal problems such as arthritis, soft tissue injuries and nerve problems, including paralysis.

Many other conditions also benefit from acupuncture, like GI and respiratory conditions, liver and kidney dysfunction and skin disorders. While it will not cure all ailments, it is a way to help the body heal itself.  For some conditions it can be used as a first-line treatment while for others it is best used as a supplement to more traditional therapies.

Acupuncture FAQ

What is it?
Acupuncture is the practice of stimulating specific points in the body by inserting needles under the skin.  This alters both biochemical and physiological processes to achieve a desired benefit.  Acupuncture increases blood flow, releases natural pain-killing hormones, stimulates nerves and regulates the body’s defense system.
Is it safe?
Acupuncture is very safe when practiced by a licensed veterinarian certified in acupuncture.  I only use sterile, single-use needles for treatments.
Does it hurt?
Some points can be more sensitive than others but generally after a brief moment of sensitivity most animals become very relaxed during their treatments and many don’t react at all to needle placement.
How long does a treatment take?
Needles are inserted for 10-20 minutes each treatment.
How many treatments are needed?
Some conditions can be treated with only a few treatments while other, more chronic conditions benefit from regular treatments.  Generally, we start with 3 treatments about 1 week apart and then assess response. Some animals do well with treatments every 4-6 weeks.
What is electroacupuncture?
Electroacupuncture is a form of acupuncture where a small electric current is passed through pairs of acupuncture needles.  In some cases, electroacupuncture may be recommended for your pet.