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Pet Acupuncture with Our Veterinarian in Mifflintown & Lewistown

At Juniata Veterinary Clinic and Pleasant View Veterinary Clinic, home to your veterinarian in Mifflintown & Lewistown, we're proud to offer pet acupuncture as one of our many unique and comprehensive pet care options. Our veterinary clinic's very own Dr. Russ LaPierre is certified and licensed in pet acupuncture, and he brings his professional experience and clinical skills to every aspect of his pet care services. 

A dog receiving acupuncture from their veterinarian.

What Is Pet Acupuncture? Our Veterinarian in Lewistown & Mifflintown Explains

Acupuncture is an ancient healing technique that has been used all over the world for centuries to treat a number of conditions in both large and small animals. Just like human acupuncture, acupuncture for pets involves the insertion of thin sterile needles into specific points on the body, often along certain "trigger points" that are known to stimulate a wave of biological and neurochemical responses that promote healing. Our veterinarian in Lewistown & Mifflintown, Dr. Russ LaPierre, is one of the only area veterinarians licensed and certified in this alternative and drug-free modality. 

What Are The Benefits Of Acupuncture For Pets?

Acupuncture has been shown to increase blood circulation, release endorphins, and other hormones, and relax muscles, which is why it can be used to treat a number of health problems for cats, dogs, horses, and other animal species. At our clinics, our Lewistown and Mifflintown veterinarian team utilizes acupuncture for pets to help manage a variety of acute and chronic health conditions, including:

  • Arthritis and other musculoskeletal problems
  • Skin problems
  • Breathing problems/asthma
  • Neurological problems
  • Minor sports injuries
  • Gastrointestinal problems
  • Certain reproductive problems

Both large and small mammals can safely benefit from this alternative medicine practice, especially those suffering from signs and symptoms related to pain, paralysis, and allergies.

Does Pet Acupuncture Really Work?

Pet acupuncture absolutely does work, and we've used it at our veterinary clinic to help hundreds of dogs, cats, and horses achieve true healing and pain relief. It's important to keep in mind that the success rate of acupuncture treatment is dependent on a number of factors, including the health of the animal, the condition being treated, and the number of treatments. Some conditions only require one treatment while others require several. Each treatment session can last anywhere from 15 to 60 minutes. Regardless of the length or number of treatments, most animals experience at least some level of relief after their first treatment.

Is Pet Acupuncture Safe?

Yes! When administered by a licensed veterinary professional, like Dr. LaPierre, acupuncture is actually one of the safest treatment methods for animals. Because acupuncture is a holistic form of treatment, it lacks potential adverse side effects to an animal’s internal organs. In our experience, the insertion of the acupuncture needles in small animals is virtually painless. For large animals, there may be some discomfort as the needles penetrate the skin. However, once all the needles are in their designated places, any pain or discomfort typically subsides and is followed by a relaxing sensation.

Are You Curious To See How Alternative Medicine Can Help Your Pet's Health? Call Our Veterinarian in Lewistown & Mifflintown for Information

In the face of modern medicine, both humans and pets alike have been inundated with therapeutic treatments and procedures that are often costly, invasive, and riddled with side effects. While our Mifflintown and Lewistown veterinarian team understand that recent advances in veterinary care have made a big positive impact on the health of our animals, we also recognize the value of utilizing more traditional alternative medicine practices to help maximize our animals' well-beings. If you'd like to learn about pet acupuncture, or if you'd like to learn about our other veterinary services, then call our vet team today, offering their services in two convenient PA locations. Call us at 717-248-4703 today.