Why Acupuncture?


We Think the Better Question is: "Why Not Acupuncture?"

Or more specifically, why not Veterinary Acupuncture?  It's non-invasive.  It's less expensive than surgery and imaging. It's drug-free.  It promotes healing and wellness.  It considers the whole health of your furriest family members.  As you can tell, we're big fans. 

What is Veterinary Acupuncture?

According to the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society: 

"Acupuncture may be defined as the insertion of needles into specific points on the body to produce a healing response. Each acupuncture point has specific actions when stimulated. This technique has been used in veterinary practice in China for thousands of years to treat many ailments. The Chinese also use acupuncture as preventative medicine. Acupuncture is used all around the world, either along or in conjunction with Western medicine, to treat a wide variety of conditions in every species of animal. Clinical research has been conducted showing positive results in the treatment of both animals and humans, and the use of acupuncture is increasing. Acupuncture will not cure every condition, but it can work very well when it is indicated."

Is Vetererinary Acupuncture Painful? Is it Safe?

For small animals like cats and dogs, acupuncture is usually painless when needles are inserted.  Once needles are in place, there is no pain.  In fact, many animals find it very relaxing and some even fall asleep during treatment!

The American Veterinary Medical Association considers Veterinary Acupuncture to be a valid treatment option in veterinary medicine and surgery.  It is safe when it is indicated, and when it is practiced by a Certified Veterinary Acupuncturist who is also a Licensed Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, like Dr. Paul. 

What Conditions can Veterinary Acupuncture Treat?

Veterinary Acupuncture can be indicated for almost any condition.  These include: 

Pain Control and Mobility Issues

Post-operative pain management and rehabilitation 


Hip dysplasia

Intervertebral disc disease

Poor response or adverse reaction to pain medications

Geriatric dogs "slowing down" 

Need for mproved muscle tone and strength 

Sports injuries 

Acute injuries (neck pain, torn cruciate ligaments, soft tissue injury)  


Incontinence and Kidney Disease


Does your pet have another condition? Contact us! 

Do I Have to Stop My Pet's Treatment at our Regular Vet?

Absolutely not!  In fact, we prefer that you continue to see your "regular" vet well. . . regularly. Dr. Paul will contact your veterinarian to ask for pertinent records (x-rays, bloodwork, medications, etc.) so that he can review them before your initial appointment. Acupuncture is just one aspect of a holistic treatment approach for your pet.  PAWS will work in partnership with your traditional veterinary medicine provider and you should inform your vet that your pet is receiving acupuncture from PAWS.  

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