Acupuncture originated from Ancient Chinese Medicine. For centuries, it has been successful in treating both humans and pets. Acupuncture is based on the belief that any illness in the body is caused by an imbalance of vital energies. This treatment can improve the body’s healing process, which is why we often use it to complement surgeries and other forms of medication. At Signal Hill Animal Clinic, the procedure is currently performed by Dr. Veronica Devall, a veterinarian specializing in pain management and integrative rehabilitation.

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What conditions can acupuncture treat?

Acupuncture can provide excellent results for pets suffering from the following health conditions:

  • Arthritis
  • Immune disorders
  • Chronic skin conditions
  • Organ dysfunction
  • Gastrointestinal disease
  • Epilepsy
  • Stroke
  • Sprains
  • Asthma

How does acupuncture work?

Acupuncture works the same in animals and humans. The veterinary acupuncturist will perform a comprehensive assessment of your pet’s condition and then create a customized treatment plan. Tiny needles will be inserted into specific points to promote blood circulation and stimulate the nervous system. The treatment will relax your pet’s muscles and stimulate the release of naturally occurring anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving substances. The needles don’t cause discomfort, so your pet won’t need any sedation or anesthesia. If your pet is sensitive to needles, acupressure can be used as an alternative treatment. Acupressure uses the fingers/hands to stimulate the treatment area, especially if they are hard to reach.

How many sessions will my pet need?

The acupuncturists will discuss how many sessions your loyal companion needs based on what they observed in the initial assessment. Your pet will likely have more frequent sessions in the beginning and then fewer sessions as their condition improves. To schedule an appointment, reach out to us at

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