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Acupuncture for Pets

April 1, 2020
Did you know that acupuncture is becoming more and more common in the world of veterinary medicine? This ancient practice has certainly stood the test of time. As it turns out, acupuncture has some wonderful qualities and advantages, and can help both people and pets. A local Bend, OR veterinarian goes over a few basic facts about acupuncture in this article.


As you may know, acupuncture originated in Asia thousands of years ago. The practice utilizes small needles, which are inserted into the body at specific points. According to ancient beliefs, acupuncture helps redirect the flow of energy through the body, kind of the way that wires move electricity through your home. Western medicine views the treatment in with a more clinical perspective, noting that the acupuncture pressure points are typically nerve centers, which are stimulated by the needles. This helps increase circulation, improve oxygen flow, and prompt the release of the body’s natural painkilling hormones. Acupuncture also reduces pain, promotes healing, and increases mobility.


Acupuncture can be incredibly helpful in helping pets feel better. It is most often used to treat dogs with arthritis and/or hip dysplasia, but it is also utilized to facilitate healing from trauma and/or surgery. Other uses included treating sprains, muscle spasms, cancer, diabetes, degenerative disc disease, and tendon and ligament issues. Acupuncture is not a one-size-fits-all solution for all of our furry patients. We always offer treatment options on a case-by-case basis. If you think your pet may benefit from acupuncture, ask your vet for more information.


Acupuncture offers some wonderful and unique benefits for pets. First and foremost, there are no known side effects. That’s definitely a huge one for us! For another thing, the treatments are painless. Many of our four-legged patients actually fall asleep during their sessions. (Some pets seem to look forward to them, as they realize they feel better after.) There are no drugs used, and your pet won’t have to be shaved. Treatments can also be repeated as often as needed. We often see continued improvement with multiple sessions. Plus, the treatments often work very well in conjunction with more traditional treatments. And when it comes to recovery time, we usually recommend ear scritches, a few extra naps, and perhaps a special treat.

Do you want to learn more about acupuncture for pets? Contact us, your local Bend, OR vet clinic, today!
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