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Arlington Pet Care Hospital

Acupuncture Therapy

Used in healing for more than 5,000 years, acupuncture is a form of medicine that encourages the body to heal itself. Fine, sterile needles are inserted into the skin and underlying tissues at specific locations called points. This process sends a signal to the nervous system, telling the body to heal and return to normal function.

Benefits of Veterinary Acupuncture

Acupuncture can be effective in:

  • Musculoskeletal problems—Muscle soreness, back pain, disc problems, osteoarthritis, degenerative joint disease

  • Neurological disorders—Seizure, weakness from chronic disc disease, radial nerve or facial paralysis

  • Gastrointestinal disorders—Diarrhea, constipation, vomiting, poor appetite

  • Chemotherapy—Minimizing side effects in cancer patients and promoting general well-being. Adjunctive therapy such as Chinese Herbs can be used with acupuncture for an integrative approach.

  • Chronic conditions—Asthma, geriatric weakness, skin problems, immune system disorders, and more

Treatment Frequency

Like any other treatment, the frequency of acupuncture required depends on the condition that the pet is facing. Most often, pets will receive once-weekly acupuncture sessions until the problem that requires treatment is under control. After this, many pets can reduce their treatment frequency to once a month, or even less. The amount of time between treatments will be determined based on the pet's response to treatment. Our goal is to maintain the quality of life for your pet and ensure the problem does not begin to worsen and the progress achieved is not lost.