What Is Acupuncture

Acupuncture is one of the 4 main components of Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine (TCVM). It involves the stimulation of specific points on the body, usually by insertion of thin sterile needles but sometimes with electro-stimulation or a laser device. These acupuncture points help trigger a healing response when stimulated, as they are linked to various parts of the body and organs by channels called meridiens.

In recent years, increasing research has shown that acupuncture points documented in TCVM contain a high density of nerve endings, mast cells, arterioles and lymphatic vessels. By stimulating these acupuncture points, the body releases beta-endorphins, serotonin and other neurotransmitters.

We understand that the concept of using Acupuncture on animals is a daunting one for most pet owners who have never experienced it themselves before, particularly the idea of having multiples needles inserted in their pets. We assure pet owners that the acupuncture needles we use are tiny and suitable for use in animals, and have been used so across China and Europe for thousands of years.

Types of Acupuncture we offer:

  • Dry needles
  • Electro-stimulation
  • Aquapuncture
  • Laser acupuncture
  • Moxabustion

Frequently Asked Questions

is Acupuncture painful for my pet?

The majority of pets we treat do not react to having a needle placed, but find it relaxing few minutes into the procedure. It is not uncommon for some to even fall asleep! For needle-adverse sensitive individuals, we use a gentle and painless class 3b laser device to stimulate the same acupuncture points needed for the pet.

What should I expect during and after Acupuncture?

A number of needles ranging from 5-25 needles will be placed at chosen points on your pet. Some passing of gas or dripping of mucus from the nostrils may be seen.

After acupuncture, some may sleep more for the first 24-48 hours.

Will my pet sit still for the procedure?

Yes, they do, most of the time. We ask that the pet owner gently restrain their pet on their lap, on a table, or on the floor. Even the ones that continue to move after the needles have been placed tend to find a comfortable spot after a few minutes and sit. Occasionally, we encounter pets that are better behaved with our vet nurse holding them, or are better distracted with treats during Acupuncture.

Give us a call at 8870-6630 to contact us if you would like to try a session of acupuncture for your pet today.