When you think of veterinary medicine, acupuncture may not be on the top of your list. But it should be, as veterinary acupuncture is a wonderful alternative or complement to veterinary treatment. As pets age, they often become prone to arthritis and hip problems, which can lead to pain and suffering in both the pet and the owner.
Acupuncture is a drug-free alternative to animals who may not be able to handle all of the prescriptions, and to the pet owners who may not be able to afford it the expensive medications or surgeries. For animals, acupuncture is used as a preventative remedy as well as a healing medicine, just as it is for humans.
Check out this video to see veterinary acupuncture in action.
There are several veterinarians in Portland who will treat animals with acupuncture. Laurelhurst Veterinary Hospital, Powell Boulevard Veterinary, and Hawthorne Veterinary Clinic have all been recommended to me by animal-loving classmates.
Search acufinder.com (yet another great search site!) to find more acupuncturists and to see if they treat animals. Or check the American Academy of Veterinary Acupuncture to see if there are any vets in your area who will treat animals with acupuncture.