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Acupuncture For Pets

October 15 2022
Did you know that acupuncture can be used to help treat many medical issues in pets? This ancient practice is becoming quite popular in the world of veterinary medicine. A Tarzana, CA vet offers some information on acupuncture below.


Acupuncture originated in China, and is one of the five tenets of Traditional Chinese Medicine, the others being Moxibustion, Chinese Herbal Medicine, Tui Na, and Qi Gong. As you may know, acupuncture is based around the stimulation of certain nerve points in the body. This is done through the insertion of tiny needles. The traditional Eastern view was that these points direct the flow of energy (Qi) through the body. Western scientists take a more pragmatic view, noting that they are actually nerve centers. When stimulated, they release natural hormones that promote healing, relieve pain and stiffness, and improve circulation.


One of the best things about acupuncture is the fact that it is extremely safe. It’s often used in conjunction with other holistic options, such as Chinese herbal medicine. There is almost no risk of side effects, aside from the off chance of a needle breaking.

Treatment Plans

Acupuncture sessions usually last between 20 and 60 minutes. How many treatments are needed will vary, depending on the pet, the condition being treated, and the results. Some of our patients may only need one session, while others may require ten or more. And some of our furry friends benefit the most from ongoing monthly sessions.


Acupuncture is often used to treat musculoskeletal issues, such as stiffness, back pain, osteoarthritis, and degenerative joint disease. It’s also effective in helping pets with neurological disorders, gastrointestinal issues, or chronic conditions, such as skin problems, asthma, and infertility. It can even help with behavioral issues. Eliminating pain and stiffness can go a long way towards improving a pet’s disposition!


Acupuncture is wonderful, but like any other treatment, it’s not necessarily going to be right for every pet. It isn’t appropriate for pets with open wounds or infectious disease. Your vet will be able to advise you on specific treatment options and care regimens for your furry buddy after a full examination and diagnosis of any health issues. That said, it never hurts to learn more! Ask your vet for more information. Do you want to learn more about acupuncture for pets? Contact us, your Tarzana, CA animal clinic, today!

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