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Veterinary Acupuncture

Dr. Sue McKelvey administers acupuncture treatment at Gruda Veterinary Hospital in Santa Fe, New Mexico

Veterinary acupuncture is the stimulation of specific points on an animal’s body with small needles, allowing the body to heal itself through the release of various hormones and neurotransmitters, and by increasing blood circulation.

One of the safest forms of medical treatment for animals when administered properly by a trained veterinarian, veterinary acupuncture can work very well when indicated.

Acupuncture is one of many tools we use at Gruda Veterinary Hospital in treating for pain management, allergies, and respiratory and gastrointestinal problems.

Acupuncture is performed with thin sterile needles that are placed in the body for a period of a few seconds to 30 minutes. It may be performed one time for a simple acute problem like a sprain or once a week for 3 to 6 weeks (and then as needed) for chronic problems like osteoarthritis.

There may be an initial twinge when needles are being placed, then it is typical for the patient to become very relaxed and even fall asleep.