Pet Acupuncture

Pet acupuncture is a holistic approach to veterinary care that has gained popularity in recent years. At Northridge Veterinary Clinic and Rehabilitation in Wichita, KS, we offer pet acupuncture services to provide alternative treatment options for our furry patients.

Vet treating dog with acupuncture

Acupuncture Explained

The word “acupuncture” is Latin and simply refers to “piercing with a sharp instrument.” The technique has been used in veterinary practice for at least 3,000 years. During treatment, small, sterile, stainless-steel needles are inserted into specific points of the body to stimulate the nervous system and cause the desired effect.

Acupuncture is especially indicated for functional problems such as those involving pain, non-infectious inflammation, and nerve injuries. It can also be used along with conventional treatments for internal medical issues.

It works primarily through the central nervous system and is known to affect all major physiological systems. Acupuncture can have many beneficial effects such as increased circulation, the release of neurochemicals and hormones, muscle spasm relief, and stimulation of the immune system.

There are at least four distinct acupuncture therapies with different rationales and efficacies:


Based on the philosophical and medical understanding of the ancient Chinese.

Scientific / Medical

Based on current neuroanatomical and physiological understandings. Scientific acupuncture seeks to show effectiveness through controlled, clinical trials and to understand why the modality of acupuncture works.

Trigger Point Therapy

The treatment of tender “muscle knots” and alleviating the pain emanating from the points, also known as myofascial pain syndrome.

Acupuncture with Electrical Stimulation

Used primarily in cases of chronic pain such as with arthritis. Also used when additional stimulation of the nerves at acupuncture points is desired.

Benefits of Pet Acupuncture

Pain Management

One of the primary benefits of pet acupuncture is its ability to effectively manage pain in animals. Whether your pet is suffering from arthritis, injury, or post-surgical discomfort, acupuncture can provide relief and improve mobility without the need for medications.

Improved Mobility and Function

Pet acupuncture can help improve mobility and function in pets with musculoskeletal issues such as hip dysplasia, intervertebral disc disease, or degenerative joint disease. By reducing pain and inflammation, acupuncture can enhance your pet’s quality of life and allow them to move more comfortably.

Stress Reduction

Many pets experience stress and anxiety, especially when dealing with chronic pain or medical conditions. Acupuncture can help reduce stress levels by promoting relaxation and releasing feel-good hormones such as endorphins. This can have a positive impact on your pet’s overall well-being and behavior.