Acupuncture for Dogs and Cats

Accelerate healing. Decrease pain. Live better.


At Colony Veterinary Hospital, we believe in offering the most comprehensive care available. There are often many approaches to medical care ranging from standard Western medicine to more holistic methods. Complementary therapies can be recommended based on conventional diagnostic methods as well as traditional Chinese medical pattern diagnosis. These therapies can be used as stand-alone treatments or combined with conventional Western therapies.

Acupuncture FAQs

Neurologic Disease: Seizures, Vestibular Disease, Cranial Nerve Disease (masticatory myositis, optic neuritis), Intravertebral Disc Disease (IVDD), Fibrocartilaginous Embolism, Peripheral Nerve Disease (Brachial Plexus Avulsion), and Degenerative Myelopathy.

Musculoskeletal Disease: Arthritis (hip dysplasia, elbow dysplasia, spinal arthritis, knee arthritis), Tendon Sprains and partial tears (cranial cruciate injuries, Achilles injuries), Luxating Patellas, and Geriatric Hind-end Weakness

Gastrointestinal Disease: Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD), Anorexia, Vomiting, Diarrhea, Constipation, Megacolon, and Gastric Reflux.
Other Diseases: Skin Allergies, Feline Asthma, Liver Disease, Chronic Renal Failure, Feline Lower Urinary Tract Disease, Urinary Incontinence, Chronic Infections, Uveitis, and Chronic Corneal Ulcers.

Safety: One of the safest forms of medical treatment when administered by a properly trained veterinarian.

Pain: Usually painless. Needles are the width of a human hair and are virtually imperceptible during placement

Side effects: Rare and substantially less common than with many drugs and other accepted conventional treatments.
Integrated Medicine: Can be used in combination with conventional Western therapies.

The first appointment includes a consultation, western examination and TCVM examination followed by an acupuncture treatment if indicated. The first appointment typically lasts one to one and one-half hours. Follow-up acupuncture appointments are one hour.

Please bring all medical records, x-rays and current medications to your first appointment for my review.

It can take 3 to 5 acupuncture treatments before significant changes are seen. It is important to commit to giving the treatments the time to work. If no significant changes are seen after the first 3 to 5 acupuncture treatments, I will recommend another approach for helping your companion.

Useful Acupuncture Links:

The International Veterinary Acupuncture Society 
The American Academy of Veterinary Acupuncture 
The American Holistic Veterinary Medical Society