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Benefits Of Pet Acupuncture

January 15 2022

Did you know that acupuncture has been around for thousands of years? Talk about standing the test of time! Actually, acupuncture offers some wonderful benefits, which apply to both people and pets. A local Sherman Oaks, CA vet lists some of the best ones in this article.

No Side Effects

When it comes to choosing treatment options for your furry best friend, one thing that is important to consider is the potential for side effects. This is one area where acupuncture definitely shines! The practice is extremely safe. Aside from the tiny chance of a needle breaking, it has no known risk of complications or side effects.


We know, getting thin needles inserted into your body doesn’t sound very pleasant. However, the procedure is painless. In fact, many of our patients visibly relax during their sessions. This is because the needles stimulate nerve centers, prompting the release of the body’s natural healing and painkilling hormones. Or, to look at it from the traditional, Eastern sense, the needles channel and redirect the flow of energy, or Qi, through the body.

No Medication

Another benefit of acupuncture? Your furry friend won’t need to be medicated for their sessions. This is a huge plus for many people, especially those whose pets can’t safely take certain drugs.

Short Sessions

Acupuncture sessions are typically short and sweet, usually lasting less than a half hour. This makes them easy to fit into even hectic schedules.

Works With Other Treatments

With some treatments and medications, you have to be careful about the way that they interact with each other and/or with other medicines or supplements your pet is on. This isn’t a concern with acupuncture. For the reasons listed above, it works very well with other lines of treatment.

Flexible Treatment Plans

Acupuncture can be repeated as often as needed. It’s not uncommon for us to see continued improvement after multiple sessions. This won’t continue indefinitely, though; eventually your furry friend’s improvements will level off. At some point, your vet will determine that the full benefits of acupuncture have been achieved. From there, they may recommend reducing or discontinuing sessions. Of course, every pet is different, so what works for one may not work for another. Ask your vet for more information.

Do you want to learn more about acupuncture for pets? Contact us, your Sherman Oaks, CA animal hospital, anytime! 

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