Acupuncture usually involves the insertion of thin sterile needles into discrete and specific points on the body in order to cause a therapeutic effect. It may include electrical stimulation. This therapy has been practiced in both animals and humans for thousands of years in China. This is a safe, rarely uncomfortable treatment for your pet which takes about 20 - 45 minutes for each session. The first session usually takes longer than follow-up treatments. Results can be seen immediately but generally require 3 -5 treatments 1 - 2 weeks apart. The number of treatments required depends on the condition being treated and the patient's individual response to treatment. Acupuncture has shown benefits for pain relief, promotion of healing, gastrointestinal regulation, anti-inflammatory effects, controlling fever, as well as other benefits. Dr. Allison Newth is certified in veterinary acupuncture and would be glad to discuss this therapy with you if you would like to call us at 302-652-6587 or make an appointment for a holistic evaluation of your pet and a consultation about the therapy.