Pet Acupuncture in The Woodlands

Acupuncture was developed thousands of years ago in ancient China. Today, holistic veterinarians recognize acupuncture as a safe and effective form of medicine. At HousePaws, we are able to provide this unique type of treatment for a variety of disorders in both dogs and cats. Some of the medical issues that may benefit from acupuncture include:

  • acute musculoskeletal pain
  • acute or chronic back pain
  • arthritis
  • hip dysplasia
  • GI upset
  • allergies

and more!

How Does It Work?

Acupuncture takes advantage of points on body tissue where nerve bundles and blood vessels come together. When we use the needles to stimulate these areas, the nerve endings respond by jump-starting production of endorphins (which acts as a type of natural painkiller) and hormones such as cortisol to balance your pet’s health.

Vet treating dog with acupuncture
These naturally occurring chemicals play an important role in the body’s defense against pain and inflammation. Understanding the relationship between the points and the various disease processes requires specialized training. The ultimate goal of treatment is to balance your pet’s body. Acupuncture prescriptions are individualized to your pet’s particular needs and aim to bring balance and alleviate their pain.

Most pets will accept acupuncture readily. The needles are very small and stay in place for 10 to 30 minutes, depending on the prescribed treatment. Any tender points or spots not tolerated by your pet can be stimulated using the mobile laser therapy unit.

If you’re interested in Laser Therapy as a treatment, visit this page where we go over the benefits and process of bringing this service to your home!

Acupuncture treatments are generally scheduled every 3 to 4 days for the first several weeks.  As a response is monitored, the frequency of your cat or dog’s treatment may be reduced.  The end goal of acupuncture is to achieve a customized treatment plan to maintain your pet’s health once the original condition has improved or been resolved.

We are very excited for the opportunity to bring both traditional western treatments with this ancient form of medicine.