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  • Chuckanut Valley Veterinary Clinic

    896 N. Burlington Boulevard, Burlington, WA 98233 US


  • The Chuckanut Valley Feline Center

    1214 Dupont Street, Bellingham, WA 98225 US


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Veterinary Acupuncture

At Chuckanut Valley Vet Clinic and Chuckanut Feline Center, our veterinarians provide acupuncture treatments for dogs and cats to relieve their pain and supplement the rehabilitation process while recovering from a serious operation or injury. 

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Vet Acupuncture for Healing & Recovery Support

In traditional Chinese medicine, acupuncture is a method of promoting healing in our pets by renewing the balance of energy in their body. 

This ancient form of medicine is based on the philosophy that illness is caused by an imbalance of vital energies in the body. In modern terms, acupuncture can help by improving blood flow, which boosts oxygenation in tissues.

Our veterinarians feel that we can obtain the best results by using vet acupuncture as a supplement to medical therapy to help restore your pet's health and vitality. 

Happy brown dog after vet acupuncture

The Acupuncture Technique

The acupuncture treatment process involves the insertion of small needles into an animal's body at specific points, called meridians. This is where the blood vessels converge with the nerves. Your pet's circulation is stimulated as vital energy is guided along these meridians, supporting your companion's nervous system. 

Common Veterinary Acupuncture Uses

Our veterinarians will often use pet acupuncture among other treatments to address several issues, including:

  • Pain Management

    Medical treatments such as chemotherapy can feel very uncomfortable for your pet. They will often be combined with acupuncture to relieve some discomfort, helping your cat or dog to fight their illness. 

  • Musculoskeletal Issues

    Acupuncture can often be used for injury rehabilitation. Conditions such as arthritis, nerve injuries, and hip dysplasia also tend to respond well to acupuncture. 

  • Dermatology & Skin Issues

    Treatment with veterinary acupuncture can help to encourage and increase your pet's circulation. This can help with hot spots, allergic dermatitis, granulomas, and more. It may also improve healing and alleviate pain, reducing itching and associated over-grooming. 

  • Gastrointestinal Issues

    Acupuncture may stimulate digestive secretions, which helps to promote healthy digestive activity. Conditions such as diarrhea or nausea may benefit from increased blood flow. 

  • Respiratory Issues

    The immune-calming and anti-inflammatory capabilities of acupuncture treatment can improve asthma, allergies, and other conditions.

The Benefits of Acupuncture for Pets

Acupuncture for pets provides several benefits, including:

  • Helps relax muscles and relieve pain
  • Improves metabolic waste removal from the body 
  • Lowers the number of waste products produced
  • Promotes an increased blood flow which boosts oxygen in tissues 
  • Pets in poor health will benefit from the lack of systemic side effects

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New Patients Welcome

Chuckanut Valley Vet Clinic and Chuckanut Feline Center is accepting new patients! Our experienced vets are passionate about the health of Burlington and Bellingham companion animals. Get in touch today to book your pet's first appointment.

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