Why Advanced Acupuncture May Help Enhance Effects in Your Pet

As a Certified Veterinary Acupuncturist (CVA), Dr. G uses advanced acupuncture practices to enhance the effects of stimulated acupoints or, in some cases, replace acupuncture techniques if your pet is less inclined to accept dry needle insertion.

Types of Advanced Acupuncture

Acupressure Acupressure is useful for hard to reach locations, behaviorally challenged pets, and for circumstances when needle treatment is not available. By administering pressure to acupoints, Dr. G simulates an effect comparable to needle insertion.


To stimulate acupoints for a longer duration, Dr. G may inject liquids such as homeopathics, diluted vitamin B12, chondroprotectant medications (Polysulfated Glycosaminoglycans = PSGAG), etc. This practice is referred to as Aquapuncture. The liquid exerts an energetic change by pushing tissue out of the way.


Heat is very beneficial to older pets and pets suffering from conditions involving joint stiffness and muscular soreness or pain. The application of a heated Chinese herbal compound to needles or directly above areas of stagnation/inflammation is called Moxibustion.

Electrosimulation (E-stim)

E-Stim is used to push an electrical current into the body between needle insertions into acupoints. E-stim relaxes spasming muscles and can aid the body in reestablishing nervous impulses when nerve damage has occurred (nerve root or spinal cord damage from a ruptured inverterbral disc, etc).


Laser energy can be used to stimulate acupoints. Lasers are cool and don’t generate enough significant heat to burn hair or skin. Dr. G may also use lasers to perform “needle-less” acupuncture treatments, especially on patients that don’t readily tolerate needle insertion. They can also be used as a post-needling add-on to enhance the effects of the chosen points.

For more information, visit our website at www.vetnaturally.com to book an appointment. You can receive 50% off your initial consultation if you book for September.

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.