Acupuncture is one part of a 3000 year old system of Traditional Chinese Medicine believing that life force, or Qi (prounounced chee) moves through the body along specific pathways called meridians. By inserting very small needles into specific points, this energy can be improved or altered. Our more familiar western medicine explains some of the benefit of acupuncture by its effect on nerves, hormones and other chemicals in the body.

Acupuncture can be used to treat a vast number of conditions, including musculoskeletal disease, allergies, cancer, organ dysfunction, seizures and much more! The benefits of treatment are profound and far-reaching, and there are virtually no side effects. It is safe for dogs and cats of any age and health status.

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Instead of using traditional needles to stimulate points, Dr. Sivula uses a Class IIIb non-surgical laser. This allows for a completely non-invasive treatment and facilitates the use of certain points that might be painful if penetrated with a needle. The therapeutic effects are identical to needle acupuncture. On occasion, dogs and cats will receive treatment with both the laser and traditional needles. Low-level lasers can also help regenerate cells, decrease inflammation and discomfort, improve circulation and more.

It takes time for this therapy to build up effect in your pet’s body, so undertaking an acupuncture regimen requires commitment on your part. We must give these treatments time to work! The positive effects of acupuncture may not be evident after a single visit, but the benefits will increase and last longer after each subsequent appointment.