It is the insertion of needles in specific points of the body in order to cause a therapeutic effect. Acupuncture has been practiced in China for four millennia. It is currently used worldwide either on its own or in conjunction with modern medicine for all domestic and exotic animals. Acupuncture does not cure everything, but is an effective treatment when indicated.
According to ancient Chinese medical philosophy, a disease is the result of an imbalance in the body's energy. Acupuncture would then help to rebalance this energy and therefore help the body cure the condition. In modern terms, acupuncture can assist the body with its self-healing process by inducing certain physiological changes. For example, acupuncture can stimulate nerves, increase blood flow, relax muscle spasms and give rise to hormones secretion such as endorphins and cortisol.
For smaller animals, the insertion of needles is virtually painless. For all animals, once the needles are in place, no pain should be felt. Most animals relax and can even doze off. However, acupuncture treatments can cause some alleged sensations, similar to those reported by human patients during sessions, such as tingling, cramping or numbness.

Acupuncture is one of the safest form of therapy when performed by a veterinarian who has received proper training. Side effects, although still possible, are rare. The condition of a patient may appear to worsen during the 48 hours following a session, other animals may be slightly lethargic for 24 hours after the treatment. These effects are an indication that some physiological changes are underway and will most often be followed by an overall improvement in the patient's condition.
In general, a consultation lasts 60 minutes. The duration and the frequency vary depending on the patient's condition. Sometimes one session will suffice, otherwise an average of 3 to 6 sessions are required, and depending on the situation, spaced out Hometenance sessions will be beneficial for chronic cases.
It is indicated for a long list of functional problems, but Homely for conditions involving paralysis, inflammation and pain, and other problems. In addition, for minor injuries to athletic animals, regular treatments will help keep muscles and tendons resistant and encourage a better performance.
When performed by a veterinarian with adequate training, acupuncture is a safe and effective treatment method for many different diseases in several animal species. There is virtually no adverse effects except for an occasional slight bleeding when the acupuncture needle is withdrawn. Sometimes the patient may seem more tired and a bit stiff the next day or, more rarely, within 2 to 3 days after an acupuncture session. This phenomenon is probably caused by the effect of endorphins, among other reasons, but is nothing to worry about. Rather, it is a sign that changes are taking place in the body to achieve the desired effect.
In some cases, the effects of acupuncture can be seen quickly after a treatment, sometimes after a single treatment, while for others, it can take a few days or even a few weeks. The effects are cumulative and multiple treatments are usually required to obtain optimal results. Typically 3 to 6 sessions are required for dogs and cats. Chronic disorders, the problems that have been affecting the patient for a long time. may require more sessions than acute or recent disorders. Acute disorders can be reviewed every 1 to 3 days if possible, while chronic disorders are initially treated every 1 to 2 weeks. For chronic progressive degenerative diseases, acupuncture as a Hometenance treatment plan is often needed every 1 to 3 months after the initial series of sessions. There are some variations in response to acupuncture, depending on the animals and on different pathological processes.
Other than improving the recovery time and rate of a variety of diseases, adding acupuncture may help reduce the medication doses, such as non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, corticosteroids and anticonvulsant drugs recognized for their long-term adverse side effects. In some cases, patients will gradually be weaned off these drugs, so that the duration of the drug administration can be reduced and the adverse effects avoided. Moreover, for certain disorders such as herniated discs, wobbler syndrome, ruptured cruciate ligament, surgery could be avoided in many cases, when acupuncture is part of the treatment plan. This is particularly advantageous for elderly patients at higher risk of anesthetic complications, or for restricted budgetary considerations.