Pet Acupuncture

Our Branchburg Animal Hospital Offers Pet Acupuncture

At Branchburg Animal Hospital, we take a holistic view of pet wellness by incorporating Traditional Veterinary Chinese Medicine practices including pet acupuncture. We are happy to be among the only providers of pet acupuncture in the Branchburg / Bridgewater / Bedminster area.

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What is Pet Acupuncture?

Acupuncture is a form of Chinese medicine that can be used to help not only people but also your pet. pet acupuncture is a proven, safe, effective way to treat many health conditions. 

Acupuncture for pets works like acupuncture for humans. Small needles push the life force energy (or qi) around your pet's body. The needles are able to dissolve qi blockages and move qi evenly around the body. As we move the qi so that it flows properly through your pet's body, health problems start to resolve naturally. With a condition like arthritis, acupuncture treatment can reduce inflammation of the joints that causes pain. 

Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine views diseases as developing the personality and body type of the particular patient. Thus, we may treat three dogs with arthritis who have different personalities and types. By taking the dog's personality into account, we may look for an underlying yin or yang unbalance or an excess or deficiency of one element (such as fire or water). By moving the qi to correct the imbalance, we can provide the right treatment for the right pet at the right time. This results in specific healing of the underlying root causes of each pet's health complaint. 

Because Chinese Medicine is natural, it can safely be used with a Western medication treatment without worry of interference. With all of our pet acupuncture treatments, we review the medical history and any new symptoms that have developed. Performing a TCVM exam, we are able to see where your pet's qi is blocked. We then insert thin needles, which most pets do not feel at all, that stimulate the qi. Our veterinarian, Dr. Derfuss, has been providing pet acupuncture for over 15 years.

Pet Acupuncture Treatment

Dr. Derfuss originally became interested in pet acupuncture for treatment of conditions that did not respond to conventional medication. Pet acupuncture has proved effective at treating many medical and behavioral problems in pets. We have successfully used acupuncture for: 

  • Arthritis
  • Joint issues
  • Gastrointestinal problems 
  • Seizures
  • Back pain 
  • Skin infections
  • Ear infections 
  • Behavioral problems 

If you are ready to try something different to treat your pet's health complaints, try Chinese Medicine at our Branchburg Animal Hospital!

Schedule an Appointment with our Branchburg Animal Hospital Acupuncture Team Today!

Would you like to learn more using acupuncture and other forms of Branchburg Chinese Medicine for your pet? 

Dr. Karin Derfuss is here to help. Complete the appointment request form or contact our Branchburg Animal Hospital today at 



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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!
    5 Stars"
    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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