Pet Acupuncture

Pet Acupuncture History


  • Veterinary acupuncture has been practiced in China for at least 2000 years
  • During the past 30 years North America has embraced veterinary acupuncture
  • There are 361 acupuncture points in the body located on 14 meridians
  • Meridians are energetic channels that connect the points to each other


  • The stimulation of acupoints (acupuncture points)
  • When acupoints are stimulated, physiologic changes occur
  • These physiologic changes are what brings about a clinical result

Physiological changes as a result of acupuncture:

  • Release of endogenous opoids (acupuncture pain relief or analgesia)
  • Immune system stimulation (allows the body to heal itself)
  • Blood pressure regulation (brings blood to an area to heal it, remove toxins, reduce swelling)

Location of Acupuncture points:

acupuncture needles

  • At “motor points” where a nerve enters a muscle - stimulation of these points can increase nerve and blood supply to a muscle group
  • Over nerves and nerve plexus - stimulating these points can affect nervous control of the target organs that these nerves influence. For example you could increase nerve impulses to the intestines, heart, or other organ systems
  • At muscle-tendon junctions where they can affect the nerve and hormonal control of the muscles, tendons and ligaments

Ways to stimulate Acupoints:

  • Dry needle
  • Acupressure
  • Aquapuncture
  • Hemoacupuncture
  • Inject saline, Vitamin B12, blood or air into AP points
  • Electroacupuncture

From a Traditional Chinese Medicine Perspective

  • Health arises from a balance of yin energy and yang energy in the animal.
  • Balance is achieved by the smooth flow of yin and yang energy or “Qi” in the body
  • Acupuncture points are spots along a meridian where the energy comes to the skin surface such that you can influence the energy of the meridian by stimulating that acupuncture point.
  • Because of the meridian relationships you can affect sites distant from the AP point (eg a needle in the foot can influence the eye)

equine acupuncture

What Conditions does it treat?

  • Painful conditions like:
    • Back and neck pain
    • Degenerative joint disease (arthritis)
    • Abdominal pain (colic)
    • Post-operative pain
    • Soft tissue injuries (bowed tendon)
    • Muscle soreness

  • Geriatric conditions like:
    • Degenerative joint disease, ring bone, navicular
    • Kidney failure
    • Cancer
    • Chronic diarrhea, inflammatory bowel disease
    • Infertility
    • Asthma (heaves)
    • Chronic uveitis

  • Sports Medicine issues like:
    • Musculoskeletal soreness
    • Tendon/ligament injuries
    • Performance and agility enhancement


feline acupunture

In cases of
  • weak or debilitated animals (can exhaust the animal)
  • Pregnant animals (can induce labour)
  • Cancer (can stimulate the tumor)

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