What Is Pet Acupuncture?

feline accupuncture at Alii Animal

Acupuncture is the stimulation of specific points on the body via the insertion and manipulation of very fine, sterile, taper point needles. Medical acupuncture builds upon the 3,000-year-old Chinese practice, based on the study of qi or “vital energy,” and its flow through the body. Acupoints often correspond with blood vessels and nerve clusters, where physiological communications can be interrupted due to pain, injury, or illness.

The fine needles stimulate therapeutic effects in the body that enhance circulation, relieve muscle tension, and release neurotransmitters and other chemicals which help relieve pain and decrease inflammation.

Cat acupuncture at Alii Animal
Acupuncture enhances circulation and relieves muscle tension.
cat getting acupuncture at appointment at Alii Animal
Veterinary acupuncture has very little risk of side effects.

Veterinary acupuncture has very little risk of side effects when performed by a certified veterinary medical acupuncturist. On our team, our
cVMA has extensive experience with cat and dog acupuncture for a variety of conditions. Acupuncture can help treat arthritis, nerve injury, urinary problems, allergies, chronic diarrhea, as well as improve general well-being and support a healthy immune system. We tailor each treatment to your animal’s unique situation based on a thorough medical history review, careful physical examination, and assessment of the body’s neurological and musculoskeletal systems.

Clinical applications include:

  • Degenerative joint disease
  • Inflammatory bowel disease
  • Wounds and fractures
  • Post dental procedures
  • Skin conditions such as lick granulomas
  • Post-surgical pain
  • Sprains and strains
  • Infections and inflammation