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Little Known Benefits of Veterinary Acupuncture


For some pets, allopathic medications may not be enough to remedy their conditions. In these situations, more and more pet owners are turning to Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine (TCVM). TCVM treatments can include a variety of potential remedies, such as acupuncture treatment, herbal formulae treatment, and others. Of these, acupuncture is one of the most well-known. However, this form of treatment has some little-known uses for benefiting your pet’s health.

Pain Relief

Acupuncture for pets is often used for pain relief. This includes many ailments, such as pain due to chronic conditions, or pain from a recent medical procedure. For instance, after some surgeries acupuncture may be recommended for a pet that’s experiencing pain. Acupuncture can also help relieve the pain caused by chemotherapy used on pets with cancer.


Acupuncture can also relieve painful symptoms associated with musculoskeletal conditions, such as arthritis, in pets. The overall effectiveness of this treatment sometimes depends upon the location of the arthritic pain in the animal. For instance, pain in the back often has the greatest response to acupuncture. Arthritic pain in the extremities can also be effective, but may need to be combined with other treatments.

Hot Spots

Some skin maladies, such as hot spots, can also be treated using veterinary acupuncture. Acupuncture treatment improves circulation within a pet’s system, and therefore work to promote and improve healing. The treatment also reduces pain. Animals that are plagued by hot spots can experience reduced itching sensations as a result of the pain relief stimulated by acupuncture. Reduced scratching will improve a hot spot’s chances of healing quickly.


Veterinary acupuncture can aid in settling gastrointestinal maladies, such as nausea. Acupuncture in pets can help increase blood flow in their system, which can lead to increased health and decline in nausea. Acupuncture can also stimulate digestive secretions, which can help calm and normalize your pet’s digestion.


Another little-known benefit of veterinary acupuncture is its anti-inflammatory properties. Properly administered veterinary acupuncture can temporarily inhibit pain pathway activation, causing reduction of pain and also inflammation. Because of this, pets with severe allergies can find relief when treated with appropriate veterinary acupuncture. The more comfortable a pet is, the better their chances of healing quickly become.

Combination Treatments

While some pets can receive alternative therapy exclusively, many times TCVM therapy can be combined with allopathic medication or treatment. Veterinarians treating animals with chronic diseases, chronic pain, or experiencing extreme and unpleasant side effects from a medication will often recommend complementing the treatment with TCVM treatments. TCVM treatments such as acupuncture rarely have any unwanted side effects, with the most common usually consisting of temporary changes in appetite or activity.

If you’re interested in learning more about TCVM treatments or are considering acupuncture for your pet, contact Wimberley Complementary Pet Care, PLLC in Austin, TX.