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Acupuncture is a safe medial procedure

that can help your pet 


Experience relief from pain

Help promote the tissue healing process

Promotes healthy digestion

Anit-inflammitory effects


Hormone and reproductive regulation

Antifebril effects


What Pet Acupuncture Helps

In clinical trial acupuncture therapy

  • Musculoskeletal problems: muscle soreness, back pain, osteoarthritis, and degenerative joint disease

  • Neurological disorders: seizures, intervertebral disc disease (IVDD), laryngeal hemiplegia, and facial and radial nerve paralysis

  • Gastrointestinal disorders:  diarrhea, gastric ulcers, colic, vomiting, constipation, and impactions

  • Other chronic conditions:   skin problems, heaves, asthma, cough, uveitis, renal failure, chronic liver diseases, behavioral problems, infertility, Cushing’s disease, hypothyroidism, hyperthyroidism, and geriatric weakness

  • Quality of life, cancer, and hospice care

What to Expect from Acupuncture for Your Pet

How long does each treatment last? 

Each treatment last 20 to 45 minutes. The first session normally takes a little longer than the follow up appointments.


How soon can we expect results?

Some result can be seen immediately but others, depending on severity and the ailment, may require several follow up treatments. Generally 3 to 5 treatments, 1 to 2 weeks apart for chronic conditions are needed before witnesses notable improvements.


Can any vet perform acupuncture on my pet?

The Baton Rouge Animal Hospital has a qualified practitioner trained in Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine (TCVM).

How Acupuncture for Your Pet Works

Modern research shows that acupoints are located in areas where there is a high density of free nerve endings, mast cells, small arterioles, and lymphatic vessels.  Most acupoints are motor points.  Stimulation of acupoints induces the release of beta-endorphins, serotonin, and other neurotransmitters.  


Acupuncture is virtually painless for small animals, and many owners find their pets become relaxed or even sleepy when the needles are in place, but feelings like tingling or numbness have been noted in human acupuncture patients, so some animals may show small amounts of discomfort from the new sensations.  In general, sedation is not needed before an acupuncture treatment.  


Always work closely with a veterinarian to develop the treatment plan that is right for you and your pet.  Alternative healing methods like acupuncture might have the potential to make your pet’s life more comfortable when used in conjunction with more traditional medicine.

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