The WCVM Veterinary Medical Centre offers acupuncture to small animal patients as a complementary treatment for: 

  • arthritis
  • chronic pain
  • recovery from back surgery

As a complementary therapy, acupuncture treatments may help to reduce or eliminate the use of medications such as anti-inflammatory drugs for chronic conditions such as arthritis. 

What to Expect

The initial acupuncture session takes about an hour. To help make a diagnosis, you will asked questions about your pet's health and behavour. For example, to establish whether the animal is heat-seeking or cool-seeking by asking if your pet prefers the cold floor to a warm bed. You will also asked your pet's medications and medical history.

There are charts of known acupunture points available, but needle placement changes based on the specific animal and on the condition being treated.

The length of the actual treatment varies. Dogs generally take 20 to 30 minutes, but the time differs with every patient. Species such as cats and rabbits generally require less time. At your next visit, you will be asked to describe the animal's behaviour after the session to help determine the correct treatment length.

Typically, animals may act quieter and be more "mellow" on the day after a treatment, but they will be back to normal by the next day.

The number and frequency of treatments also varies. For example, we may treat a patient with arthritis twice in the first week and then once a week after that. If there is improvement after the first four to six weeks, we will continue treatment but start decreasing the frequency. For example, some patients that receive ongoing acupuncture therapy only come in every five to six weeks.

Our Team

The WCVM Veterinary Medical Centre's clinical team members are dedicated, compassionate people with specialized training and a diverse range of experiences. In addition to providing our patients with high-quality care and support, we are helping to train Western Canada's next generation of veterinary professionals.

Appointments and Referrals

Animal Owners

Contact us to make an appointment. If you are a new client, please click below to find information about our location, parking and what to expect during your animal's appointment.

Referring Veterinarians

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 Emergency services available 24/7

Emergency services are available for acutely ill or seriously injured animals.