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The faithful dog suffers a large number of diseases that are similar to those in mankind. Dogs are very willing and cooperative patients, who generally respond positively to veterinary acupuncture treatment. Most dogs actively enjoy their needling. Some simply tolerate it and extremely few appear to be too sensitive to needles to permit a relaxed treatment. AVMC policy is that we do not sedate dogs for acupuncture. Sedation is toxic and can alter the body's perception, interpretation and processing of the treatment. It will also mask any responses, observation of which feedback from the patient is vital to ongoing treatment programmes. If a dog objects to what is offered, we take it that there should be another way to treat the patient or that the point selection is not suitable for that individual. Other points can be chosen and there are other methods of point stimulation. Dogs appear to be very aware of their needs and there is usually a reason for them objecting to a particular needle. We trust the patient's judgement and we allow the patient a say in treatment. Nonetheless, objection is extremely rare and even some so-called 'difficult' dogs respond cooperatively to what's offered, while most dogs appear frankly to enjoy it.

We perform a full chiropractic check on each patient, correcting any problems discovered, so that skeletal alignment and muscle tone are optimised, prior to acupuncture treatment.

At the AVMC, the Acupuncture Vet uses LASER stimulation for some patients, in preference to needling. Dogs are well able to demonstrate which suits them best. In many cases, we use both.

We also use Moxibustion or Electroacupuncture, as needed.

Below are approx. diagrammatic representations of the 12 paired and 2 unpaired meridians in the dog (acc. Chris Day).

Acupuncture vet at work: a sample of the dog diseases and conditions that we are called upon to treat with canine acupuncture are (in alphabetical order):


Back Problems

Behavioural Problems

Canine Epilepsy

Canine Stroke

Canine Wobbler Syndrome




Craniomandibular Osteopathy

Cruciate Ligament

Degenerative Disc Disease

Degenerative Joint Disease

Disc Disease

Disc Prolapse


Dry Eye

Elbow Dysplasia


Eosinophilic Myositis


Fibrous Dysplasia


Hip Dysplasia

Horners Syndrome





Keratoconjunctivitis Sicca

Laryngeal Paralysis

Ligament Injury



Non-Union Fracture



Osteochondritis Dissecans




Shaker Syndrome

Spinal Problems

Spondylitis - Spondylosis - Spondylopathy




Travel Sickness

Ununited anconeal process

Vestibular Syndrome

Wobbler Syndrome


Veterinary Acupuncture, when delivered in a holistic package, stimulates a return to more normal energy balance within the body, thereby enhancing endogenous healing capability.


There is evidence* that acupuncture treatment, especially in the case of intervertebral disc disease (IVDD), may stimulate stem cell activity to improve and hasten healing. There may be a cross-over here, between Acupuncture and Stem Cell Therapy, possibly making the invasive intervention of Stem Cell Therapy more of a distant option. See also: LASER Therapy.

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 1. Moldenhauer S, Burgauner M, Hellweg R, et al. Mobilization of CD133(+)CD34(-) cells in healthy individuals following whole-body acupuncture for spinal cord injuries. J Neurosci Res. 2009 Dec 22 [Epub ahead of print].

2. Yan Q, Ruan JW, Ding Y, et al. Electro-acupuncture promotes differentiation of mesenchymal stem cells, regeneration of nerve fibers and partial recovery after spinal cord injury. Exp Toxicol Pathol. [Epub ahead of print].

3. Sun Z, Li X, Su Z, et al. Electroacupuncture-enhanced differentiation of bone marrow stromal cells in to neuronal cells. J Sports Rehabil. 2009;18(3):398-406.

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