Acupuncture is a respected and time-honored form of medicine that has been practiced by both physicians and veterinarians for thousands of years. Cultures across the globe have used acupuncture for preventative treatment and ongoing care. The wonderful thing about acupuncture is that it can be used alongside Western Medicine to provide quality care to patients.

Our acupuncture service at Newtown Veterinary Specialists is led by Dr. Jennifer Tucci. Dr. Tucci is Certified by the Chi Institute in Veterinary Acupuncture.

Research studies have been conducted showing positive results in the treatment of both animals and humans, and although acupuncture will not cure every condition, it can work very well when it is indicated.

Functional problems that can be helped with acupuncture include paralysis, non-infectious inflammation (such as allergies), and pain. For small animals, the following are some of the general conditions which may be treated with acupuncture:

  • Musculoskeletal problems, such as arthritis, intervertebral disk disease, or traumatic nerve injury
  • Respiratory problems, such as feline asthma
  • Skin problems such as lick granulomas and allergic dermatitis
  • Gastrointestinal problems such as diarrhea
  • Selected reproductive problems

Some Large Animal general conditions where acupuncture treatments might be applied are the following:

  • Musculoskeletal problems such as sore backs or downer cow syndrome
  • Neurological problems such as facial paralysis
  • Skin problems such as allergic dermatitis
  • Respiratory problems such as heaves and “bleeders”
  • Gastrointestinal problems such as nonsurgical colic
  • Selected reproductive problems

If your family companions are involved in any athletic endeavor, such as racing, jumping, or showing, acupuncture can help them keep in top physical condition.