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Benefits of Acupuncture For Pets

August 15, 2021

Holistic Pet Care Day is August 30th. Although modern veterinary medicine is advancing in leaps and bounds, there is also a lot to be said for holistic pet care. Holistic care uses natural, traditional practices, such as acupuncture, which has helped many of our patients feel better. A Cornelius, NC vet lists some benefits of acupuncture for pets below.


You may know that acupuncture is based around the use of very thin needles, which are inserted into the body at specific points. The original intent was to direct the flow of energy through the body. However, the needles also stimulate nerve centers and prompt the body to release natural hormones, resulting in reduced pain, improved circulation, and increased mobility. The process may not sound pleasant, but it actually doesn’t hurt. In fact, it feels good. It’s not uncommon for our patients to doze off during their sessions.


Acupuncture is most often used to treat pets that suffer from issues like arthritis or hip dysplasia. However, it can be used to treat a wide variety of medical issues. Ask your vet for more information.

No Drugs

Modern medicine is amazing, and can help pets with many different conditions. However, some drugs do have side effects. Others aren’t safe or appropriate for every pet. For example, dogs with liver problems cannot safely take certain medications. Acupuncture does not require the use of drugs or anesthesia. However, it can be used in conjunction with medication.

No Side Effects

Another wonderful thing about acupuncture? There are no known side effects. That’s a huge relief for many pet owners, and a big part of the reason acupuncture is growing popular for both people and their beloved furry friends.

No Recovery Time

Acupuncture sessions may make your pet a bit sleepy, but you won’t need to provide any special care afterwards, aside from perhaps a yummy treat.

Customized Care

All of our patients are unique, and their care regimens should be as well. You don’t need to choose between holistic and traditional veterinary care. Give your pet the best of both!

Tail Wags

The biggest benefit of acupuncture? It works! Acupuncture has helped many of our patients feel better. We love seeing faster healing, improved mobility, reduced pain, and overall better quality of life.

Do you have questions about pet acupuncture? Contact us, your Cornelius, NC animal clinic, today!

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