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Canine AcupunctureRiverside Animal Hospital provides veterinary acupuncture. Acupuncture is an ancient Chinese practice of placing fine needles into specific body points which alter various biochemical conditions that can improve organ function resulting in pain relief and healing.

Pets can be helped by acupuncture in many ways including:

  • Pain relief
  • Promotion of tissue healing processes
  • Regulation of gastrointestinal motility
  • Anti-inflammatory effects
  • Immunoregulation
  • Hormone and reproductive regulation
  • Antifebrile effects

Acupuncture is recommended for your pet when they experience:

  • Musculoskeletal problems
  • Neurological disorders
  • Gastrointestinal disorders
  • Other chronic conditions: asthma, cough, uveitis, renal failure, chronic liver diseases, behavioral problems, infertility, Cushing’s disease, hypothyroidism, hyperthyroidism, geriatric weakness, and skin problems
  • Quality of life, maintenance and enhancement, and hospice care
  • Performance enhancement and the prevention of disease

Is acupuncture safe for my pet?

Yes! Acupuncture is a very safe medical procedure when administered by a qualified practitioner. Very few negative effects have been found in clinical cases. 

How soon can we expect results?

Some results can be seen immediately, but others will require several treatments. Generally, a minimum of 3 to 5 treatments 1-2 weeks apart for chronic conditions are needed before one can expect notable improvement. How many treatments are needed? As in all medicine, this depends on the situation and treatments can be done daily, weekly, monthly, or even further apart depending on the severity and chronicity of the condition.

Can my animal benefit from acupuncture?

Simply stated, yes. Acupuncture can be beneficial to healthy pets as well as those with health conditions. For a healthy pet, acupuncture can optimize and enhance wellness and minimize future problems. For those pets with a previously diagnosed disease, veterinary acupuncture can improve their quality of life, help to minimize clinical signs and in some cases promote resolution. Read Lady's owner's testimonial regarding her response to acupuncture.

What should I expect at my pet's acupuncture appointment?

Similar to any appointment, a through examination is performed and previous bloodwork, x-rays, and treatments are reviewed. A treatment plan is constructed. The first appointment takes about an hour and includes the first treatment. From there we schedule treatment sessions (typically weekly, lasting about 30 minutes). The treatment involves placing fine needles into specific points which will help to achieve increased health and wellbeing or resolve the clinical signs of the disease. Chinese herbs may also be prescribed. 

Is acupuncture painful?

Most animals are extremely tolerant and accepting of needle placement from the first session. Often as the sessions continue they may even fall asleep during the treatment. For those that are more sensitive, most become receptive in time.

Want to learn about more about veterinary acupuncture? Read our complete Veterinary Acupuncture handout here. Ready to book your pet's visit? Fill out our Veterinary Acupuncture Referral Form and call 401-433-2070 to make an appointment.