Acupuncture for Pets

Did you know that acupuncture is become quite popular in veterinary medicine? This ancient practice can help pets who suffer from a variety of medical issues. A Niwot, CO vet discusses acupuncture in pets below.


Acupuncture, as you may now, originated thousands of years ago in China. The practice is based around the use of small needles. These needles are inserted into the body at specific points, which are typically nerve centers. The traditional belief about acupuncture is that the needles can control and manipulate energy as it flows through the body, much as wires and breakers direct energy flow through a house. From a more clinical point of view, the needles stimulate the body to release natural painkillers. They can also improve healing, reduce pain, and improve circulation.

Benefits of Acupuncture

Acupuncture offers some wonderful benefits. First and foremost, acupuncture does not require surgery. Your pet will not need to be medicated for treatments, and will not require any specific after care, aside from perhaps a few extra ear scritches or belly rubs. The treatment can be used alongside traditional veterinary treatments. Acupuncture treatments can also be repeated as often as needed. Multiple sessions often result in ongoing improvement. And, although acupuncture may not sound pleasant, the procedure is actually painless. Many pets even doze off during treatments! Last but not least, side effects are very rare.

What is Acupuncture Used For?

Acupuncture can treat many different ailments in our animal companions. It is often used to help pets with bone/joint issues, such as arthritis. It can help senior pets gain greater mobility. This can greatly improve their quality of life. Acupuncture can also help treat gastro-intestinal problems, liver and kidney issues, and other health problems. The treatments also improve circulation, which can be beneficial in treating many different ailments. We love hearing our customers report seeing marked improvements in their furry friends after acupuncture.


Although acupuncture does have some wonderful benefits, it is important to realize that veterinary care is never one-size-fits-all. Treatment options are always offered on a case-by-case basis, after a medical issue has been diagnosed. That said, if you think your furry buddy may benefit from acupuncture, ask your vet for more information. It never hurts to find out more!

Please feel free to contact us, your Niwot, CO pet clinic, anytime. We have been helping local pets since 1946!

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