veterinary acupuncture

Pain Management

Pain is a natural part of life, but Integrative Pain Management can help increase the quality of your pet's life through:

• Acupuncture
• Multimodal pain management
• Nutraceutical and dietary recommendations
• Pain Vacations: In-patient pain management
• Emotional support: Discussion of pet wellbeing, quality of life

New Patient Appointment

60-minute consult appointment and acupuncture session for new pain management patients
Mondays, 9am-4pm, $195

Dogs and cats only, please. 

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Returning Patient Appointment

30-minute appointments for patients with an established treatment plan.
Mondays, 9am-4pm, $95

Dogs and cats only, please. 

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Refer a Patient for Pain Management

Option for local veterinarians to refer patients via our online referral and records portal

Dogs and cats only, please. 

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5-session acupuncture packages are available for $295.

Inquire about options  in-person at your next appointment. 

A whole-body approach to giving your pet their best life.

We manage pain with a perspective that extends beyond conventional pharmaceuticals.  "Integrative" pain management speaks to an overall philosophy of caring for the whole pet with complementary therapies so your pet can live their best life.

What are common reasons for needing pain management?

Examples of reasons you might choose to bring your pet in for a pain management consult, include:

  • Current medications are not helping your pet
  • You are looking for a way to help your pet feel better without adding more pharmaceuticals. 
  • Your pet may not be able to take some medications (such as non-steroidal anti-inflammatories) and you are looking for other ways to manage their discomfort. 
  • Your pet may not be recovering as expected after a trauma or surgery. 
  • You are looking for non-surgical ways to manage your pet’s discomfort.
  • Your pet’s cancer is causing pain and impacting their quality of life.

How do I know my pet is in pain?

Any major change in your pet’s behavior may indicate pain or discomfort, such as:

  • Reluctance to jump up or rest in a previous favorite spot
  • Resenting being handled or pet
  • Decreased appetite
  • Overgrooming or licking obsessively a certain area
  • Housetraining lapses or lack of using the litterbox

If medical conditions have been ruled out, your pet may be exhibiting signs consistent with chronic pain. Especially as our pets age they are more prone to developing arthritis and other conditions that lead to chronic pain. We cannot stop our pets from aging, but we can manage their pain to give them the best quality of life.

Acupuncture for Pets

How does acupuncture for pets work?

Acupuncture works by placing needles at specific locations on the exterior of the body to help with pain relief both by local effects and central effects.  Acupuncture arises from Traditional Chinese Medicine where acupuncture is a method to bring the body into balance and promote self-healing.  Acupuncture in scientific papers has been shown to be helpful with management of chronic pain, trigger points, nausea and acute pain.

What are the side effects of acupuncture for pets?

Side effects are minimal.  Most patients feel more sleepy than usual after a treatment, others may feel energized.

How many acupuncture appointments will my pet need?

Your pet may feel better after the first treatment but typically multiple treatments are needed to have a cumulative effect.  Acute conditions may only require three to five treatments in a short amount of time while more chronic management may require five or more treatments to find a maximal benefit and then maintenance treatments that vary on individual basis – potentially once a month, once every 3 months, once every 6 months.

Will my pet feel pain during acupuncture?

The needles used in treatment are hair thin and most pets have minimal reaction.  Occasionally if needling a particularly deficient or active point, an animal may express discomfort, but it typically is brief.  If a particular needle placement is persistently bothersome to your pet, it will be removed.

Can I be with my pet during their acupuncture appointment?

With social distancing protocols, we’re not able to have families in the treatment room.

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