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Did you know that animals receive acupuncture?

Animal Acupuncture

Acupuncture can, and is, being used on many species of animals, including elephants, cattle, horses, dogs, cats, monkeys, and rabbits. It’s most commonly used, however, on companion animals like dogs, cats and horses.

As an acupuncturist, it makes sense to me that it would work. Animals have “life force,” just as people do. It’s that special something that distinguishes the living from the non-living.

Most animals have recognizable organ structures including a heart, intestines, lungs, reproductive organs and nervous system. Animals have blood flow, pain receptors and feelings. So the “systems” that we treat in human acupuncture are quite similar to the “systems” treated in animal acupuncture.

I have taken my own cats and dogs for acupuncture treatment and seen them relax in the same way that my human patients relax. I have observed the changes in their symptoms, and the durability of the changes.

So what general conditions may be treated with acupuncture?

  • Musculoskeletal problems
  • Respiratory problems
  • Skin problems
  • Gastrointestinal problems, such as diarrhea
  • Some reproductive problems
  • Nervousness and what we would consider emotional problems, like anxiety or depression

Animals involved in athletics, such as racing, jumping or showing may receive regular acupuncture to help keep them in top physical condition.

As with any medical practice, animal acupuncture should only be performed by a licensed, fully qualified acupuncturist or veterinarian, certified in animal acupuncture.

Watch this little video to see animal acupuncture in action.

Wishing you all the best,