Acupuncture is a widely accepted holistic treatment option that is used to stimulate healing or provide pain relief for animals of all species. It is a virtually painless procedure that involves the insertion of needles into specific points on the body to activate the animal’s immune system and cause the release of serotonin and endorphins, the body’s natural pain killers. Originating in China thousands of years ago, acupuncture is used in veterinary medicine either alone or in conjunction with western medicine.

Acupuncture works well for musculoskeletal problems such as arthritis, back issues, ligament, joint, nerve and muscle injuries, and it can also be helpful for other chronic or acute conditions, gastro-intestinal problems, respiratory conditions, dermatology ailments, reproductive problems, and neurological disorders.

Acupuncture is nearly painless for small animals; most pets tolerate it and even enjoy it. Once the needles are gently inserted into the skin and are in place, most animals become very relaxed and even sleepy. The length and number of treatments will depend upon the condition of the patient. Some animals will need 4-6 visits before the owner can recognize any change in the pet, however, it is not uncommon for results to be noticed as soon as the first visit.

Dr. Poirrier has been certified by the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society in Veterinary Acupuncture since 1993. She is an active member of the American Academy of Veterinary Acupuncture. Dr. Poirrier will evaluate your pet’s condition to determine if acupuncture will be an effective treatment, and if so, will apply it along with western medications and techniques as necessary. We offer acupuncture as well as aquapuncture; the type of therapy used depends on your pet’s specific needs.

Acadiana Veterinary Clinic offers this alternative course of treatment combined with complementary therapy and conventional therapies to pets in Lafayette, Youngsville, Scott, and beyond.