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Benefits of Acupuncture In Pets
July 1, 2021

Does your dog have arthritis or hip dysplasia? Is Fido healing from a wound or recovering from surgery? If so, you may want to look into acupuncture. This treatment has been used on people for thousands of years, but it’s relatively new in veterinary medicine. However, as it turns out, acupuncture has some wonderful benefits for our furry patients. A local Kerrville, TX vet lists some of them below.

No Drugs

Acupuncture does not require pets to be medicated or put under anesthesia. This is a huge plus!

No Recovery Time

There is no recovery time needed after acupuncture sessions. Your pet may be a bit stiff and sore, but this usually resolves within a day. An extra nap, and perhaps a yummy treat, is all the aftercare you’ll need to provide.

No Side Effects

Side effects are a downside with many medications. There are no known side effects to acupuncture. This is another benefit that many people really appreciate.


While the thought of injecting needles into one’s skin may not sound very appealing, in truth it’s quite painless. The treatments stimulate the release of the body’s natural painkillers, which actually feels quite pleasant. Some of our furry patients seem to look forward to their sessions. Others even fall asleep during them!

Quick Appointments

Most acupuncture sessions take less than half an hour. This makes them easy to fit into your schedule!

Custom Care

One of the best things about acupuncture is that it isn’t an either/or choice between it and more modern treatments. In fact, it works very well with other forms of veterinary medicine. This lets us give our furry patients the best of both worlds, which often provides the optimal results.


Acupuncture treatments can be repeated as needed. It’s not uncommon for our patients to continue improving after repeated treatments. Your vet can reevaluate your pet at any time, and decide how long treatments should continue.

Works With Other Treatments

When treating issues in pets, no one treatment option is one size fits all. Acupuncture also isn’t a catch-all for every possible health condition a pet can face. That said, it is very versatile, and can be used to treat a variety of conditions. Ask your vet for more information 

Do you think your furry friend would benefit from acupuncture? Contact us, your local Kerrville, TX veterinary clinic, today!

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