Acupuncture is a system of complementary medicine that involves pricking the skin or tissues with needles and is used to alleviate pain and to treat various physical, mental, and emotional conditions.

Here at Ft. Washington Vet, Dr. Berman performs all acupuncture services as our certified veterinary acupuncturist.  We accept referrals from other animal hospitals for acupuncture, so you do not need to be a full-time client for your pet to receive treatment.

During your pet’s acupuncture appointment, sterile acupuncture needles are inserted in different points around the body to treat the pet.  Most pets readily accept the needles while others may appear restless as their body becomes aware of new sensations caused by the energy flowing through your pet. However, eventually all pets settle down and relax; some even nap.

We play soft music to relax your pet and provide a blanket to lay upon. Owners may wish to bring a favorite toy or stuffed Kong to distract and entertain their pet while treatment is performed.  Each session lasts approximately 30 minutes and some owners even choose to bring a pillow and take a nap while their pet relaxes.

Typically owners will see an immediate effect in their pet right after acupuncture that wears off over time. Usually multiple sessions are needed to achieve the desired effect although some owners bring in their pet for maintenance visits.


Recommended reading: The American Academy of Veterinary Acupuncture