More and more people are seeking out alternative treatments such as acupuncture for themselves.  Why not consider acupuncture in pets?  Acupuncture is very well tolerated, animals typically sit quietly, sometimes even falling asleep (as one of our clients says, an “acu-nap”.)

Dr. Michelle is a certified veterinary acupuncturist that has been practicing acupuncture and Chinese medicine since the year she graduated from vet school in 2004.

Conditions which acupuncture can be used to treat include chronic pain, osteoarthritis, infertility, allergies, seizures, kidney disease, heart disease and many other commonly found dog and cat conditions.  In fact, because it is energy based, a diagnosis is not even required.

Acupuncture needles are not cutting needles like the ones used to administer vaccines.  They are hair like and part the tissues.  A typical treatment involves 2-10 needles in active acupuncture points.  Treatments typically run between 30 and 45 minutes, and are done every 2-6 weeks on average depending upon the condition being treated and pet’s response to therapy.  Sometimes, in the case of a longstanding problem, an initial series of appointments will be recommended.

Below, Spanky, a 12 year old Staffordshire Bull Terrier enjoyed an acupuncture treatment. Notice how calm and relaxed he looks! Most animals enjoy the treatment and don’t experience any discomfort at all. In fact, he was quite thrilled to have the extra hands on attention while Dr. Michelle felt for the placement of the needles. Spanky benefits greatly from acupuncture especially because, being a senior guy and a little overweight, his arthritis causes him discomfort. Acupuncture gives him great relief not only for the arthritis related issues but some other ailments he is prone to as well.

For more information on acupuncture, please contact us at 905-775-4787.

a dog enjoying his acupuncture treatment at a Bradford veterinary hospital

Spanky relaxing during treatment