You’ve no doubt heard of acupuncture—the use of small-gauge needles inserted under the skin’s surface to restore the body to normal physiologic function. But if you’re like many veterinarians, that’s just about all you know about acupuncture.
The fact is that acupuncture has been practiced worldwide for about 5000 years, and it is being used increasingly in veterinary medicine to treat a wide array of conditions in both large and small animals. Beyond pain control, acupuncture is used to treat allergies, seizures, reproductive problems, and liver and kidney diseases, among other ailments. Practitioner interest in acupuncture is growing, and increasing numbers of animal owners are investigating this complementary therapy for their pets.