Pet Acupuncture FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions about Pet Acupuncture at Branchburg Animal Hospital 

If you're always looking for the most advanced forms of veterinary care for your pet, you might be surprised to learn that one of the most effective of these modalities is also one of the most ancient. Check out the answers to these frequently asked questions about pet acupuncture here at Branchburg Animal Hospital.

What Is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture is a technique of Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine in which needles are used to correct physical imbalances and ease pain or other symptoms. It is commonly prescribed alongside other forms of TCVM, such as herbal and food therapy. It can also complement Western forms of veterinary care.

How Does Acupuncture Work?

TCVM holds that acupuncture corrects disruptions in the body's flow of qi, or life energy, along established pathways known as meridians. Since these disruptions are associated with pain and disease, the restoration of qi flow allows for natural pain management and more efficient healing.

Does Acupuncture Work on Pets as Well as Humans?

Pets can respond just as well as humans to acupuncture when this healing modality is administered by a skilled veterinary acupuncturist. In fact, the practice of pet acupuncture appears to have been popular as far back as 3000 B.C. or earlier.

What Conditions Can Pet Acupuncture Treat?

Pet acupuncture can prove highly useful in the treatment of neurological, musculoskeletal, and chronic pain symptoms. It can also help treat many kinds of systemic disorders, from respiratory and digestive ailments to infections. It can even address behavioral disorders and enhance immune function to help a healthy pet remain well.

What Can I Expect When I Schedule Acupuncture for My Pet?

Your pet will first receive a detailed TCVM exam in which we identify the underlying disorder, and accompanying qi blockage related to his symptoms. We can then proceed with the first acupuncture session as long as your pet is a fit candidate for the procedure. Several acupuncture treatments may be necessary to achieve best results, with ongoing treatments being common for managing chronic conditions. 

Is Acupuncture Painful for Pets?

Acupuncture is not painful, despite the use of multiple needles. The needles are too thin, and inserted at too shallow a depth to cause any significant discomfort. In fact, many pets find acupuncture such a relaxing and comforting procedure that they actually fall asleep during treatment.

Get More Acupuncture Answers from Your Branchburg Veterinarian

Dr. Derfuss will be more than happy to answer your questions about pet acupuncture. If you feel that your beloved pet might benefit from this time-tested form of treatment, call 908-707-0045 today!


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  • "The office staff works very closely with the veterinarians to answer questions and help with concerns. They are always ready to help you. 5 Stars"
    Cathy & Greg B.
  • "#1... it's easy, the professionalism and value for money well spent, as well as kindness for both the owner and the animal!
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    Bonnie P.
  • "Been going there for 13 years now. Dr. Derfuss and her staff are the best. 5 Stars"
    Edward B.
  • "Great Vet... great staff... This group is like no other Vet I've been to. I tried 5 different Vets in the New Brunswick area... Branchburg is on a totally different leve. 5 Stars"
    Daniel F.
  • "We want to thank Dr. Derfuss and her entire staff at Branchburg Animal Hospital for all of the wonderful service and care we have received over the years. We've been with the practice since it opened many years ago. Whether we are coming to the office to pick up food or bring our pets in to be treated, we are given the best care. They are like family to us. We give them an A++ and have recommended them on many occasions."
    The Del Grosso Family
  • "Linda and I have been bringing our Labrador Retrievers (first Shiloh and now Cooper) to Dr. Derfuss and the Branchburg Animal Hospital for many years. We have always admired and embraced the leading edge, holistic healing practices that are employed there. This has included such applications as acupuncture, chiropractic and the utilization of natural supplements, all of which have appreciably augmented the overall quality of life for our beloved canines. At a time and in a country where the overuse of prescription medication has clearly run amok, it is great to have a facility in our area where numerous other alternatives are deployed and RX medication is applied on a far more discerning basis."
    Kevin B.
  • "My husband and I have been taking our German Shepherds to Dr. Derfuss for many years. She is extremely caring and compassionate. She not only practices traditional medicine but holistic too. Our "girls" actually loved when they went to the vet! We highly recommend Branchburg Animal Hospital!"
    Carla B.
  • "I’ve been bringing my cats here for 15 years and Dr. Derfuss and the staff have been caring and compassionate. Holistic treatments are available if you want them, depending on the animal’s condition, and I have gone this route a couple of times for ailing cats. I never felt pressured into accepting any particular treatment. I’ve always been given all the options and chose what I felt was best. There are a number of vets closer to where I live, but I continue to make a slightly longer drive to Branchburg Animal Hospital because I trust them."
    Loretta A.
  • "Great Vet, Professional Staff, Very Clean. We are fortunate to live close to this great Vet!!"
  • "For the past five years, the veterinarians at Branchburg Animal Hospital have taken great care of Stitch. I highly recommend this vet for your cat or dog."
    Jaime Hernandez / Branchburg, NJ

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