Foothills IL Veterinarian and Animal Clinic

3151 E. Chandler Blvd • Phoenix, AZ 85048
M • W • F 7:30am - 5:30pm | T • Th 7:30am - 7:00pm
Sat 8:00am - Noon
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Acupuncture for Dogs and Cats

FAQS about Veterinary Acupuncture


Acupuncture for your Pet

We are pleased to offer acupuncture treatments for your dog or cat.  Acupuncture is completed via the insertion of needles into specific points on the body by one of our trained veterinarians in an effort to manipulate healing energy in your pet.  This technique has been used in veterinary practice in China for at least 3000 years to treat many ailments. Currently acupuncture is used all over the world, either by itself or in conjunction with other medical treatments, to treat a wide variety of maladies in every species of domestic and exotic animals. Acupuncture is not a cure-all, but can work very well in certain situations.

How does Acupuncture work?

We place small, special needles at specific anatomic locations in your pet, stimulating neurologic signals to travel throughout the body.  This causes chemicals in your pet’s body such as Endorphin, Serotonin and Histamine to be released.  This can have an effect on the physiology of your pet’s body and ultimately will stimulate and encourage healing or pain relief.

We utilize different methods of stimulating acupuncture points at Foothills Animal Hospital, such as dry acupuncture and electrical acupuncture, depending upon the need of the pet.

Acupuncture is used to treat many diseases. 

We use acupuncture to treat many any diseases your pet may have. Most commonly, we use it to treat pets with chronic and acute pain, musculoskeletal diseases, neurologic diseases, general weakness, behavioral problems, renal failure, hormonal diseases, gastrointestinal problems and skin or allergy problems.

We incorporate acupuncture into treatment plans to maximize your pet's medication condition

Acupuncture does not always work to treat a disease by itself. Combining acupuncture with the use of supplements, diet change, weight management as well as other traditional medical techniques and prescription medications is often necessary to achieve our desired goal. Incorporating acupuncture into your dog or cat’s treatment plan may improve the effectiveness of the treatment plan for your pet's condition.

How many treatments do pets usually need?

Typically it takes at least 4-5 acupuncture treatments to see improvement in clinical signs, but each pet reacts differently to acupuncture. Please ask us today if you feel your pet may benefit from acupuncture.

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