Village Animal Clinic

9044 Alternate A1A
North Palm Beach, FL 33403


Acupuncture FAQs



Pet Acupuncture FAQ


Is acupuncture safe?

Pet acupuncture is one of the safest forms of medical treatment for animals when it is administered by a properly trained veterinary acupuncturist. Side effects are rare, and are usually seen in the form of lethargy and or sleepiness for 24 hours following a treatment.


Does pet acupuncture hurt?

No, most animals pay little attention to the needles being placed, and often get sleepy during treatment especially during electro-acupuncture treatment.


How long does acupuncture treatment last?

Stimulation of an individual acupoint can take as little as 10 seconds or can last up to 60 minutes. It depends on the technique used and the condition treated. A typical treatment lasts 15-20 minutes.


How often will my pet need acupuncture?

The length and frequency of acupuncture depends on the condition and the technique of acupuncture used. Typically, most animals need acupuncture at least once weekly for 4-6 treatments as a minimum.


How long does it take to see the beneficial effects of pet acupuncture?

This varies from animal to animal. In some cases a response can be seen after one to two treatments; however to achieve a maximal positive response it typically will take approximately 4-6 weekly treatments. Acupuncture treatments build on each other and a series of treatments is necessary. After a maximum response is achieved acupuncture treatments are tapered to a maintenance schedule depending on the individual animal.


Does my pet need maintenance acupuncture?

For chronic cases, yes. Acupuncture is typically done weekly until a maximum therapeutic response is achieved and then tapered off to the least number of treatments necessary to maintain the animal’s condition.


Why is pet acupuncture and herbal medicine for pets used together?

Because clinical results can be obtained more quickly by using Chinese herbal medicine and acupuncture together. The combined effects are also stronger which is especially important in the treatment of difficult cases.