Animal Hospital of Cornelius provides veterinary acupuncture for companion animals. Acupuncture has many benefits for sick or injured pets, especially those with chronic conditions such as arthritis.

A dog receiving acupunctureVeterinary acupuncture is a gentle, non-invasive, ancient Chinese approach to medicine used to stimulate the immune system. It results in pain relief, healing, and an overall improvement in the function of organ systems. Thin, sterile needles are inserted into specific energy points in the animal's body that activate changes and help the body heal itself.

Acupuncture can be used alone or in combination with traditional veterinary medicine.

Conditions Treated with Veterinary Acupuncture

  • Musculoskeletal problems such as arthritis and injuries
  • Pain, particularly in the neck and back
  • Neurological recovery
  • Cancer, especially for pets undergoing chemotherapy
  • Acute or chronic conditions that have not responded well to conventional medicine
  • Acute or chronic conditions also currently being treated with traditional veterinary medicine; integrative medicine, or the combination of Western and Eastern treatments, can often yield the best results from the additional support
  • General immune system support
  • Senior pet care

Acupuncture can also be used as an extremely powerful vehicle to detect and treat subtle imbalances before overt disease develops. This is a wonderful way to optimize your pet's health and wellness!

Common Acupuncture Questions

Will it be painful for my pet?

Very fine, sterile needles are used. Most animals are extremely accepting of veterinary acupuncture. Of the few pets that initially dislike the needles, most almost always become quite receptive with time.

How many treatments are needed?

The number of veterinary acupuncture treatments needed varies with the problem being treated and individual pet response. For some illnesses, three to eight treatments will be initially adequate. Sessions often occur during weekly intervals and then dwindle to bimonthly or monthly as the condition improves. Other conditions may only need treatment every three to four weeks. Periodic tune-ups may be required.

Please call (704) 892-1585 for more information on veterinary acupuncture or to make an appointment. We will assess your pet's condition and proceed with a plan of action tailored to your pet's individual needs.