When your pet’s life force energy Qi (chee) is blocked, pain and other symptoms may occur. Acupuncture is used to resolve this blockage by methodically inserting small, stainless steel needles into predetermined points (acupoints). Acupuncture balances the body, and a balanced body will naturally heal itself.

The Science

Acupoints are areas where there is a high density of free nerve endings, mast cells, small arterioles, and lymphatic vessels. Most acupoints are motor points — where a nerve enters a muscle. There are 361 acupoints in dogs plus classical points.

Stimulating acupoints relieves any blockage, restores the flow of Qi, and facilitates self-healing. Homeostasis is restored when Yin and Yang are in balance. Modern medical research has shown that stimulating acupoints induces the release of beta-endorphins, serotonin, and other neurotransmitters. These leads to natural pain relief and inner balance.

Safety & Procedure

As a Certified Veterinary Acupuncturist (CVA), I administer the safest acupuncture procedures. Most pets don’t even realize the needles are being placed and often fall asleep during treatment. Each session lasts about 40 to 60 minutes. During the first 15 minutes, your pet’s health is assessed along with a history and physical exam. The following 30 minutes is dedicated to needle placement and treatment time. The amount of acupuncture treatments needed depends on the nature, severity, and duration of a disease. A single treatment may be enough for an acute condition. A series of three to ten treatments can resolve many chronic problems; however, some chronic conditions may need monthly treatments spread over time. A pet will typically be mildly lethargic or drowsy for 24-48 hours after an acupuncture session. For more information or to schedule an initial consultation, visit our website at We are currently offering 50% off your initial consultation if you book a September appointment!

Dr. Ashley Geoghegan

Dr. Ashley Geoghegan, known affectionately as Dr. G, has spent a lifetime devoted to animal care. Dr. G graduated from the LSU School of Veterinary Medicine and served in the U.S. Army as a veterinary officer. At VetNaturally™, she practices Integrative Medicine, which is a combination of Traditional Chinese Veterinary medicine (TCVM) , canine rehabilitation and conventional Western medicine.