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Acupuncture for Pets

May 15, 2017

Have you ever tried acupuncture, or considered trying it? As you may know, acupuncture is an ancient practice that originated in China. However, acupuncture is becoming quite popular in veterinary medicine, and with good reason: it can be very beneficial! In fact, acupuncture is now so widely used that some pet insurance companies cover it. In this article, an Oconomowoc, WI vet discusses acupuncture for pets.

Acupuncture – The Basics

Acupuncture is based around the idea of Chi, or life force, and aims to control the flow of energy through the body. The practice uses small needles to manipulate the body’s natural energy fields, almost the way wires manipulate electricity. At least, this is the traditional stance. To look at acupuncture from a more clinical perspective, you could also define the practice as the insertion of tiny needles into natural nerve centers. This stimulates the release of the body’s natural painkillers. It also helps reduce pain and inflammation, promotes good healing, improves range of motion, and helps the body remove wastes and toxins.

Benefits of Acupuncture

Acupuncture has many benefits, and very few drawbacks. The treatment is non-surgical, and does not require the use of drugs or anesthetics. Your pet will also not need any recovery time after treatment, unless you count a nap as recovery. (Acupuncture does tend to make our furry patients a bit sleepy.) Acupuncture is very safe, and is generally painless for pets. Side effects are very rare. Sessions are also quite short, generally taking under an hour, and can be repeated as often as needed, with repetitive treatments often resulting in continued improvement.

What Is It Used For?

Acupuncture can treat many different medical issues in our furry friends. Some things it is used to treat include hip dysplasia, arthritis, sore joints, chronic kidney issues, organ trouble, muscle spasms, and many other ailments. It can be done by itself, or in conjunction with standard veterinary care procedures and practices, such as surgery and medication.


Is your four-legged buddy suffering from chronic pain? Acupuncture could very well help! That said, it is important to understand that acupuncture may not be the right option for every pet. All of our furry patients are different, and they all have unique needs. Ask your vet for more information.

Do you want to know more about veterinary acupuncture? Contact us, your local Oconomowoc, WI animal clinic, today!