Is Acupuncture Safe for Pets?

Acupuncture has been a treatment for human ailments for hundreds of years. But did you know that the treatment can also benefit your pets? Modern advancements in medicine have seen many pet doctors turn to this ancient form of medicine to treat their furry patients. By utilizing these ancient acupressure and acupuncture techniques, conventional vet medicine is evolving to benefit your pets.


As a pet owner, you may be wondering if the treatment is safe, as it is still recent in the world of veterinary medicine. Here are a few insights to answer the question.


What Is Acupuncture?


The medicine practiced by the ancient Chinese shows that ailments are due to imbalances of essential body energies. To address this, traditional Chinese veterinary medicine aims to restore the balance of energy in the body, thereby stimulating healing. It is a treatment that helps your pet’s body heal itself by rectifying its energy imbalances.


Acupuncture involves the insertion of specialized fine needles into the body at particular points. These points are often located where the blood vessels and nerves converge, also known as acupuncture points. According to experts, these points are often located in sites called meridians. Energy is transmitted throughout the body through these channels.


How Does It Work?


The acupuncture points targeted in the treatment are often biologically active. These points have a higher concentration of blood flow, immune cells, and nerve endings. Insertion of the needles prompts an increase in immune response and blood flow.


It helps the muscles relax and stimulates your pet’s body to heal itself. Additionally, they will also experience the release of “feel good” hormones known as endorphins. They allow your furry companion to rest and relax.


How Does It Help My Pets?


Your vet may recommend acupuncture for your pet if they are suffering from conditions such as:


  • Musculoskeletal issues like anterior cruciate ligament or hip dysplasia.
  • Immune disorders and allergies.
  • Arthritis.
  • Certain neurological disorders.
  • Gastrointestinal disorders and bladder issues.


Research shows that this treatment helps reduce inflammation and pain. It is essential in enhancing the quality of your pet’s life.


During an acupuncture session, your vet acupuncturist inserts the fine needles into areas like the following:


  • Fascia.
  • Tendons.
  • Nerve fibers.
  • Muscles.


By stimulating the neurotransmitters in the brain and altering the perception of pain, the symptoms of the conditions ease.


So, Is It Safe for My Pets?


Yes, it is. The needles used in acupuncture are thin. They are a fraction of the size of a conventional hypodermic needle. Research shows that over 95 percent of dogs that undergo acupuncture are comfortable with it.


Many of them even fall asleep after or during the treatments. It includes pets whose owners do not believe they will accept the therapy. Although there is a risk of infection at the needle site, vet acupuncturists report that it is rare.


Your vet might recommend other solutions like herbal supplements to speed up the healing and complement acupuncture. They may also suggest electro-acupuncture. It enhances stimulation by sending mild electric currents through the needles.


For more on the safety of acupuncture for your pets, call Elizabeth Veterinary Clinic at (908) 245-7853 to reach our office in Roselle, New Jersey.