Acupuncture for Dogs

Acupuncture for dogs started being used around the 1980’s. Although the practice has been around for thousands of years for humans, conventional medicine still looks at it with skepticism. Since it has survived for so many years, it must obviously have some benefits.

What is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture is a form of energy healing. Traditional Chinese Medicine recognizes an energy force within the body called Qi. It works to keep the body’s life energy in balance. Disease occurs when this energy is imbalanced.

Energy is carried to each part of the body via a network of 14 meridians. Keeping proper energy flow through the meridians is the essence of good health to all the body’s organs. Meridians surface on the skin. The points where they surface are called acupoints.  Manipulating these points can increase energy to a specific part of the body.

Conditions that Have Improved with Canine Acupuncture:

  •   Incontinence
  •   Pain relief
  •   Arthritis
  •   Hearing loss
  •   Obesity
  •   Bronchial Asthma
  •   Immune system disorders
  •   Chronic respiratory problems
  •   Neurological disorders
  •   Cardiovascular problems
  •   Cervical disk disease

This list is not complete. New things are being discovered with increased use.

How Acupuncture for Dogs is Done

Just like in humans dogs receive acupuncture usually in one of three ways:   

  1. Inserting tiny needles into the acupoints.
  2. Acupressure is simply using the fingers to put pressure on specific acupoints.
  3. Aquapuncture is injecting Vitamin B12 and saline into the acupoints.

Most dogs do not mind the process because it helps them feel so much better. Consult your vet or a trained vet acupuncturist to determine if your dog is a candidate for this treatment. If your dog is highly excitable, the adrenaline increase may not be worth it.

My Experience with Canine Acupuncture

I had an 18 year old beagle named Jessie who was suffering from kidney failure. I learned to give her subcutaneous fluids under her skin at home to get rid of the toxins in her body and did so twice a day. When she would get a bit lethargic or didn’t want to eat, I would take her to a veterinarian who was trained in acupuncture. She gave Jessie Vitamin B12 and saline injections. Afterwards, she would perk up and show a noticeable increase in her energy levels as well as her appetite. It was well worth the effort for Jessie.


Acupuncture for dogs may be a good adjunct to conventional treatment for what is ailing your pet. Again, find a qualified vet to advise you as to whether your pet could benefit from it. Most people have found it beneficial.

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