We are now offering integrative practice with acupuncture at our South Lamar location!

Pet Acupuncture in Austin, TX

Acupuncture is a form of Eastern Chinese Medicine that involves the insertion of very thin needles into specific points throughout the body to stimulate a therapeutic effect; this process is called dry needling.

There are 3 other other acupuncture modalities in addition to dry needling that are beneficial including aqua-acupuncture, electro-acupuncture and moxibustion.


Aqua-acupuncuture is the process where you inject a solution (vitamin B12, pain medication, saline, etc..) to stimulate and amplify a therapeutic effect at a specific acupoint.


Electro-acupuncture is when we attach leads to dry needles and use high and low frequencies to amplify a response. It is most often used for paralysis or very severe conditions.


Moxibustion involves burning mugwort leaves. The smoke created by this burning is used to heat certain areas of the body and help heal and relieve pain.

Acupuncture points are located all throughout the body along “meridians or channels”. These meridians make up a map for the body, they are associated with certain organ systems, and are responsible for moving the Qi in the body.

What is “Qi?”

Qi is considered the life force energy or vital energy.

Qi energy flows through the body, and when in balance with Yin and Yang energy is the essence of good health. When there is disruption/blockage of Qi energy and/or imbalance of Yin/Yang energies there is potential for disease to occur. Pain is typically associated with blockage of Qi or blood flow. Acupuncture/dry-needling is intended to stimulate the channels to relieve blockages and allow for Qi energy to flow through the body better and create balance within the system.

How soon can you expect results?

Most patients will respond to treatment, but there are some patients who do not respond to acupuncture and depending on the patient temperament, some patients do not make great candidates.

Typically, it takes several (3-5) treatments for a response, some patients will respond quicker. For chronic conditions, treatments are scheduled closer together (every 1-2 weeks) before notable improvement can be expected.

Acupuncture can be used for a variety of conditions in our companion animal patients. Below are just some of the conditions that we see and manage at our practice.

  • Chronic pain/arthritis
  • Intervertebral disc disease
  • Anxiety
  • Quality of life

Acupuncture can also work preventively. Below are some prophylactic treatments that we offer to help promote balanced and healthy Qi energy.

  • Happy Hour Energy Tonic – Boost Qi flow through the body, increasing energy and endurance.
  • Immune Tonic – Intended to help boost immune response and maintain balance for the body

If you are wondering how acupuncture can benefit your animal, contact us for information and scheduling so we can discuss whether this is right for your animal!

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