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Acupunture for Pets?

Posted by Lela D.

Has anybody had any success using acupunture for a pet? The American Academy of Veterinary Acupuncture claims acupuncture can treat all kinds of ailments including urinary tract disorders. Anyone have any experience with this?
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Concerns. I've had acupuncture myself but I would worry that my dog would be frightened. I'd be interested in hearing about other people's experiences with this.
I've heard stories.... that swear acupuncture has improved the health problems of dogs, in particular. I think that in terms of advice I've heard, only someone trained as both an acupuncturist and veterinary doctor should be administering the needles.
Acupuncture for Horses. I have heard some amazing success stories about acupunture on horses. When they run a lot, their legs can get tired and sore. Aparently acupuncture can sort this right out.

I've seen some great results using acupuncture with animals - dogs and horses in particular. Both seem to be pretty oblivious to the treatments. On the other hand, I'd be nervous about trying to treat a cat, only because most of them would be nervous and jumpy.

 In most states, only a vet can treat animals. Unfortunately their training and experience with acupuncture is likely to be minimal. It might take some searching and questioning to find the right one.

Hi Lela,


Growing up in the Pacific islands, acupuncture is a common treatment for a variety of illness and injury in addition to conventional western medicine.  And folks usually start with acupuncture as a first response before surgery and drug therapy.


Although I personally have not had acupuncture for my cats, friends have claimed it to be effective for their pets, both dogs and cats (really depends on the cat's temperament).


If you want to use acupuncture for your pet, you could start with consulting a TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine) doctor who may be able to recommend a veterinarian with acupuncture experience (if you live in a state that requires vets only). 


If you don't have any luck with that, here are some alternative suggestions...I've usually used Reiki and sometimes essential oils to my cats' paws or ears.  Here are some links you can check out for holistic care with animals: 

This is a wonderful healing modality for animals and humans. Animals don't have the placebo effect as humans can.
Have heard good things about it.  You may also want to look into Reiki treatements.  I've personally given numerous Reiki treatments to a variety of animals and all have responded extremely well.  Let me know if you're interested.
Absolutely!  Not only have I worked on my own animals (including horse!) with success, but many veterinarians here in Atlanta do wonderful work with acupuncture.
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