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Canine acupuncture!

Updated on March 16, 2013

What is acupuncture?

Acupuncture is a deep, internal therapy that works by inserting tiny needles into various identified points on your dog’s body.

It originated over 3,000 years ago as part of a holistic healing system called Traditional Chinese Medicine. Chinese medicine holds that all animals (and humans) have a “life force” called qi that moves through the body through pathways called meridians. Specific points on these meridians that are located close to the surface of the body, then, can be accessed via small needles or lasers to re-establish balance in the movement of the qi.

Here we will bring you a wide variety of information and resources for dog acupuncture. So enjoy! And here's to your health!

Chart courtesy: West Boulevard Veterinary Clinic, Vancouver, BC.

About canine acupuncture!

The benefits and a guide to selecting a practitioner!

Acupuncture is primarily used for ailments such as paralysis, allergies, and pain, and can also aid in skin problems, musculoskeletal issues, gastrointestinal and respiratory issues, and breeding and hormonal problems.

When looking for a practitioner be sure they are a licensed veterinarian and that they have formal training and certification in acupuncture since these modalities are not addressed in veterinary schools.

Get your Canine Acupressure Meridian Chart from

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Color Light Therapy and Color Acupuncture

In December 2008, I got a slight muscle strain of my quadricep. Mum took me to a soft tissue specialist and she performed color light therapy on me, which some folks call color acupuncture.

This is a new and growing practice. Just as acupuncture is a very old system of medicine being rediscovered, so is light therapy, or phototherapy, a "new old" system, which promises to come further into the "limelight". Phototherapy was practiced in ancient Egypt, Greece, China, and India. The Egyptians utilized sunlight as well as color for healing. In the past 120 years, great strides have been made in research and development of colored light as well as full spectrum light therapy.

Here are a couple of articles on this practice:

Color Light Therapy and Acupuncture

New Developments in Color Therapy: Acupuncture Meridians Facilitate the Body's Absorption of Light

Great holistic books!

  • Four Paws, Five Directions: A Guide to Chinese Medicine for Cats and Dogs

    A "head to toe" guide to Chinese medicine for anyone with a companion animal. Practical procedures, understandable language, charts, photos. Encyclopedic and complete.

    Ships the next business day.

  • Canine Massage in Plain English

    Massage is much more than just a tool to help your dog relax and feel good. It has important health benefits.This do-it-yourself book is presented in a step-by-step format to give you the tools you need to massage your dog. And, you don't have to understand canine anatomy to be successful.

  • The Healthy Way to Stretch Your Dog

    Stretch your dog to a longer, healthier life! Research on human athletes is changing what we know about stretching. For example, it is now recognized that aggressive stretching should only take place after muscles are warmed up and shortened from exertion. Authors Sasha and Ashley Foster have applied this latest research to dogs-many of whom compete in vigorous canine sporting events-so that you can learn how to safely and effectively stretch your dog to prevent injuries, maintain joint integrity, and improve you dog's fitness whether he is an elite canine athlete or a lap dog.

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      Julia1000 5 years ago

      In the UK finding a canine acupuncturist can be difficult. You have to be both a qualified vet and acupuncturist to do it legally.

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      CanHealthInsure 5 years ago


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      JoshK47 6 years ago

      I'm glad we have alternative medicine for dogs now - I'm a big supporter! :)

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      tcmliving 6 years ago

      Great Lens....

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      ChrisDay LM 7 years ago

      Dogs get the point!

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      Johann The Dog 8 years ago from Northeast Georgia

      @anonymous: That's so great that acupuncture is helping Delen!!! Very glad for both of you :) And thanks for letting us share your great photo!

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      in the flickr pics, the B&W dog is Delen, my old grumpy dog.

      I just want to add that a monthly acupuncture treatment is helping her to walk again after suffering from a bad spinal problem.


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      realestatevanco 8 years ago

      interesting lens, really! Never thought of canine acupuncture before. I live in Vancouver west side (BC), I may visit your clinic since we are in the same city.

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      BasicCanine 9 years ago

      Really good lens. I've been using canine acupuncture and chiropratic for 10 years. In the beginning years I traveled over an hour to have this care, but now as these modalities have grown I only drive 20 minutes. I am continually amazed how they can heal or how they complement conventional veterinary medicine.


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      jeaniemarie 9 years ago

      Great lens! I am the acupuncturist featured on the video and appreciate that you have taken the time to help spread the word about canine acupuncture.I am new to Squidoo and when I can figure out how to link your lens to mine I will !

      I would suggest that you add that pople can also find a licensed acupuncturist in their area by visiting Depending on what state you are in, acupuncturists have more training in Traditional Chinese Medicine than vets.

      Thanks again

      jeanie marie kraft, L.Ac.

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      Interesting lens. The video is very interesting and i really enjoyed it. Protecting your pet series are nice.It has lots of information about acupuncture for dogs.

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      joebloggs lm 9 years ago

      I enjoyed this lens, it as lots of information about acupuncture for dogs, and to be honest it didn't know you could use acupuncture on animals