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acupuncture for pets

Acupuncture Services for Pets

Many modern procedures have been developed to improve the quality of life in pets. The ancient practice of acupuncture has resurfaced as a form of medicine that can further help your fur family members. Acupuncture is a form of Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine that has keen emphasis on repairing energy imbalance in the body, which in turn promotes healing. The technique is completely safe for your fur family, though some pets may experience soreness that goes away within days.



To find out if acupuncture is right for your pet contact us at 604.858.656 or via email reception@valleyvetservices.com to schedule an appointment.

How does acupuncture work in pets?

First, our veterinarians will decide if acupuncture is right for your pet. Based on initial assessments the doctor will decide how many treatments are needed for your pet to improve. The method involves inserting needles at specific points in the body where blood vessels and nerves meet. The process is painless and most pets become relaxed after the insertion of the first needle. Each session lasts up to approximately 30 minutes.

What conditions can acupuncture treat in pets?

Acupuncture encourages blood circulation which improves healing ability, stimulates the nervous system and releases substances that are anti-inflammatory. It also reduces pain and discomfort in your pets. If your pet has arthritis, dysplasia, joint inflammation, allergies, digestive issues and/or chronic back pain acupuncture can definitely be of help. Acupuncture can also treat irritated wounds with exposed nerve endings.

How long will it take to see results from acupuncture in pets?

The veterinarian will inform you of how many treatments they need based on medical assessments. It generally takes three to four sessions to notice improvement in pets.

Last updated: July 13, 2021

Dear Clients,

Our first and foremost priority remains the health and safety of our clients and staff, while maintaining our high standard of quality veterinary patient care. We have all experienced the unpredictability of this pandemic and feel strongly that adopting a cautious strategy is in the best interest of keeping everyone as safe as possible.

Our plan going forward will be to start slowly.  

1. The following changes are effective as of Thursday, July 15, 2021:

2. We are continuing to accept appointments for urgent or sick pets, as well as time-sensitive puppy/kitten vaccinations. All other services will be scheduled for a later time. However, if you’re unsure whether your pet needs medical attention, please call us to discuss your situation.

3. We are still OPEN with the following hours:
Monday to Friday: 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Saturday: 9:00 am – 2:00 pm
Sunday: Closed

4. Online consultations are now available! If you wish to connect with a veterinarian via message, phone or video, visit our website and follow the “Online Consultation” link.

We will continue to keep you advised of each step of our process as we move forward to a tentative full reopening in a few short weeks. We are so excited to start this reopening plan and can't wait to welcome ALL of you back into the clinic.

– Your dedicated team at Valley Veterinary Services