Acupuncture for pets

We’re proud to offer acupuncture as a form of treatment at our hospital. There are countless benefits to this type of treatment, but we’ve found that acupuncture can be particularly effective form of integrated healthcare for managing chronic diseases in a non-invasive way.

A Truly Integrated Approach

When our patients come to Sun Dog Cat Moon, we have one main goal: to help pets live a long and comfortable life. A major part of why we love holistic treatment methods is because we can provide treatment without tough side effects—while still accomplishing our goal.

While some patients will come to us for just acupuncture, we truly utilize acupuncture in an integrated way. From promoting healing post-surgery, to combining with herbal therapy, to managing chronic diseases in older pets, acupuncture is a flexible and effective treatment form that helps pets feel healthier.

Our Approach to Veterinary Acupuncture & Chinese Medicine

Our veterinarians have a deep understanding of optimal acupuncture treatment methods for pain relief and results. The process involves the strategic placement of ultra-thin needles into specific points of the pet’s body.

In Chinese Medicine theory, disease is recognized as an imbalance in the body’s energy and flow. The approach to diagnosis is to identify patterns of disharmony that lead to greater symptoms or disease. When analyzing your pet, our veterinarians consider how the signs relate to the individual patient, and we consider their entire diagnosis and treatment in a completely holistic way. We’d argue that it’s the most individualized form of treatment there is.

The Benefits of Acupuncture

Acupuncture has been proven to promote healing within pets and can also provide pain relief. Every pet is unique, but we’ve found that, when paired with herbal therapy and other forms of treatment, acupuncture can be an effective way to help your pet feel like their normal selves.

We use acupuncture to treat several conditions in our patients, including:

  • Arthritis
  • Disk disease
  • Hip dysplasia
  • Urinary tract disease
  • Cushing’s disease
  • Kidney failure
  • Respiratory problems
  • Skin conditions
  • Gastrointestinal disease
  • Neurological conditions
  • Seizures

In almost anybody’s case, acupuncture often requires more than one treatment. Patients are evaluated at each acupuncture session to look for their response at that very moment so we can tailor our treatments each and every time.

Types of Acupuncture


Focusing on trigger points, dry needling involves the placement of thin needles on specific areas for a short period of time to ease pain.


Particularly effective for treating pain and internal conditions, electroacupuncture is a type of acupuncture that uses a small electric current between pairs of acupuncture needles to address specific areas on the body.


This technique to acupuncture involves injections of Vitamin B12 on acupuncture points as an alternative way to address trigger points.



Part of why we advocate for an integrated approach to health is because we’re able to custom-tailor health treatments for our patients right while they’re in the room. For certain patients, we’ll conduct acupuncture and laser therapy treatments in the same day to maximize the benefits of the session.

We’re also strong advocates for massage therapy with pets. If you’re interested in this form of treatment for your pet, please call our hospital and we’ll make a recommendation.

Your pet is unique. The success of acupuncture is dependent on many factors, including health, age, personality, and strength. Generally we encourage clients to have pets try multiple appointments before dismissing the form of treatment. 



I love them!

My dog loved going to Sun Dog Cat Moon. He loved the outside spaces and ambiance. Inside, the doctor and assistant got down on the floor to treat him. They gave him healthy treats. When it came time to put him down, they did it with great gentleness and love. This will always be my vet of choice in Charleston.

- Allyson K.

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