Providing Healing Acupuncture for Dogs, Cats, and Horses In Berrien County, MI

Acupuncture is an integrative therapy rooted in the practice of ancient Chinese medicine. For thousands of years, acupuncture has helped humans heal themselves. Horses became the first animals to be treated with acupuncture, due to their major role in agriculture and in war. Today, this alternative treatment is also available to dogs and cats. Acupuncture therapy relies not on drugs, surgery, or supplements, but on your animal's own innate healing ability.

Is your dog, cat, or horse a candidate for acupuncture? Would you like to know more? Contact us today to request an appointment online.

Dog Sleeping Acupuncture

How Does Acupuncture Work for Animals?

Like human acupuncture, animal acupuncture utilizes a variety of techniques, including traditional dry needle and electropuncture, to stimulate nerve bundles and induce healing and pain-relieving responses. This includes the release of endorphins, serotonin, and other chemicals.

At Village Vet, we frequently use acupuncture for dogs, cats, and horses in conjunction with other integrative therapies. This is to ensure maximum healing potential for your pet.

What Conditions are Treated with Acupuncture?

Acupuncture can be used to help treat a wide range of musculoskeletal and gastrointestinal ailments in dogs, cats, and horses, including:

  • Arthritis
  • Joint and back pain
  • Spinal injuries
  • Neurological disorders
  • Gastrointestinal disorders
  • Hypo- or hyperthyroidism
  • Allergies
  • Skin disorders
  • Nausea
  • Inflammation
  • Muscle spasms
  • Cancer
  • COPD
  • Post-surgical care
  • Cushing’s disease
  • Anhidrosis
Horse Acupuncture

How Painful is Treatment?

Acupuncture should not be painful at all for dogs, cats, or horses. Acupuncture needles are extremely tiny, and our doctors take great care with needle placement to reduce potential discomfort. Some pets might feel mild soreness following treatment, but this is temporary.

However, it is possible that your pet may not be a good candidate for acupuncture therapy if they are prone to anxiety and have a tendency to fidget. We are more than happy to explore other integrative therapies that might suit them better.