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Veterinary Acupuncture

Practiced in China for thousands of years, acupuncture is one of four branches that comprise Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine. The other four branches include food therapy, herbal medicine, and Tui-na.

At the Animal Hospital of Dunedin, we recognize veterinary acupuncture as a time-proven practice to reduce and eliminate a variety of ailments in dogs and cats. Our clinical approach is to combine veterinary acupuncture with modern veterinary science to help maximize our patients’ quality of life.

If you think your pet may be a good candidate for veterinary acupuncture treatments, we highly encourage you to schedule a visit. We can help your pet feel relief. 


How Does It Work?

The technique consists of tiny needles being gently and methodically inserted into specific pressure points on the body. This contact releases natural pain-relieving hormones and triggers an anti-inflammatory response in the body that accelerates healing and substantially reduces pain. Just like in human medicine!

We understand that needles are often a source of anxiety. We assure you, the veterinarians at the Animal Hospital of Dunedin are highly experienced to safely and gently place the needles to treat acute and chronic conditions.

Small animals do not experience any pain, and oftentimes become so relaxed they doze off to sleep during the treatment session. Larger animals can experience low levels of discomfort when the needles are being inserted because they must be larger to break the skin. However, once the needles are inserted into the pressure points, the animal will feel no pain.


Is It Safe?

Acupuncture is one of the safest veterinary treatments out there. The technique can only produce positive results, offer copious mental and physical health benefits, and dodge the adverse reactions often caused by medications and surgeries.

The list of positive outcomes of acupuncture treatment is lengthy, including increased blood circulation, increased pain relief, accelerated healing, reduced anxiety, decreased muscle spasms, stimulation of the nerves, and release of hormones, endorphins, and natural-steroids.


What Conditions Can It Help To Treat?

Veterinary acupuncture is effective in the treatment of a wide range of conditions, and is most successful when paired with modern medicine. 

Veterinary acupuncture can help pets with the following ailments:

  • Musculoskeletal, such as arthritis, hip dysplasia, and degenerative joint disease
  • Dermatological, such as dermatitis
  • Respiratory, such as feline asthma
  • Gastrointestinal, such as diarrhea 
  • Select Reproductive Issues

For dermatological issues, veterinary acupuncture can help to relieve the discomfort and stress of continual itching and scratching without the need for drugs.

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