Acupuncture can be used to help improve, treat, or even prevent problems your pet might have, including those related to the musculoskeletal, reproductive, neurological, or gastrointestinal systems. Acupuncture can also be used to manage pain and hasten recovery after surgery.

Acupuncture, one of the four modalities of Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine, has been used for over 2000 years to heal and treat animals and people.   Animals benefit from acupuncture therapy alone, or in conjunction with western medicine for any medical condition.  The acupuncture needle stimulates a small spot, called an acupuncture point,  where there is a large collection of important messengers come together, such as nerves, blood vessels, and lymph supply. The stimulation of the acupuncture points allows for the release of energy and important chemicals through out the body to initiate energy flow (Qi), blood flow, removal of stagnation (pain), and the healing process can begin.  As the body starts to heal itself, the animal can feel and the owner may see improvement in areas of the body that were not even being “treated”.  For example, while treating for arthritis, a dogs hearing may improve as well.  This is an added benefit to using acupuncture therapy and treating the whole patient and not just the “disease”.

Because the needles used in acupuncture are extremely thin, they cause minimal or no pain and are extremely well tolerated by pets. Each session lasts anywhere from 30-60 minutes.  Many pets relax so much during their treatment that they fall asleep or rest very quietly.

To determine if your pet’s condition(s) may be responsive to this treatment modality, please set up an exam with Dr. Fritz at Aberdeen Veterinary Clinic. Dr Fritz completed her certification at the renowned Chin Institute of Traditional Chinese Medicine in Reddick, FL under the training of Dr. Xie. Please feel free to email ( ) or visit Dr. Fritz, outside of Bel Air, in Aberdeen, Harford County, MD, to find out more about this wonderful additional medical therapy that can be used to help your pets medical condition.

(Incorrect placement of the needle or inadequate sterilization can result in discomfort or complications, which is why you should only have a Certified Veterinary Acupuncturist (CVA) perform acupuncture on your pet.)