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Veterinary Acupuncture for Pets

The veterinarians of Pacific Animal Hospital now offer the benefit of acupuncture either alone or integrated with Western Conventional Medicine to provide your pet with the best possible treatment options.

With a 3,000-year history in Chinese Medicine, acupuncture has proven results in Western Medicine and numerous studies point to the success of this treatment.

Drs. Rebecca Nostrand, Travis Robertson-Howell, and Colleen Geertsema are qualified to include this alternative treatment modality for your pet. Please contact them to discuss the benefits of adding acupuncture to your pet's care.

How Acupuncture Works

One of many holistic modalities, acupuncture can be used to treat a variety of diseases and conditions including:

  •   Arthritis pain, hip dysplasia, and joint injuries
  •   Spinal difficulties
  •   Muscle pain or spasms
  •   Respiratory problems such as coughing, sinus infections, and asthma
  •   Kidney disease and urinary problems
  •   Intestinal diseases such as constipation, diarrhea, and vomiting
  •   Post-operative recovery
  •   Neurologic issues
  •   Metabolic concerns
  •   General care of elderly patients to keep them feeling well

Acupuncture is often used in addition to traditional treatments such as anti–inflammatory medications and physical rehabilitation. It involves the insertion of thin needles in specific points of the body to cause desired healing effects and promotes pain relief, healing, and immune system stimulation. 

Veterinary acupuncture is used to help control pain in pets. This treatment allows muscles to relax and modulates the pain signals from the brain, making it especially appropriate in managing arthritis and other inflammatory diseases. Particularly useful in addressing disk disease in dogs, acupuncture is successfully implemented as part of medical treatment and during recovery from surgery and in reducing pain during rehabilitation.

This healing modality has many uses, and veterinary acupuncture is a gentle alternative preferred by many pet owners. Call Pacific Animal Hospital to discuss the potential benefits of veterinary acupuncture treatments for your dog or cat.

Check out the WholeHealthMD website for answers to your frequently asked questions about acupuncture, and visit the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society (IVAS) website, a nonprofit organization promoting excellence in the practice of veterinary acupuncture.

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Pacific Animal Hospital


2801 Oceanside Blvd Oceanside, CA 92054

Clinic Hours

Monday-Friday: 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday-Sunday: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM