Dr. Hueston - Westminster Veterinary GroupDr. Hueston – Acupuncture

Who Benefits from Acupuncture?

Any Pet!

How Does Acupuncture Work?

Natural Chemicals are released:

  • Beta endorphin – sense of “well-being” and immune system regulation
  • Enkephalin – pain modulation and immune system regulation
  • Endomorphin – pain and stress
  • Dynorphin – pain

Overall these chemicals:

  • Reduce pain, inflammation, and sympathetic hyperactivity
  • Modulate immunity and support a healthy psychoneuroimmunological state

What can acupuncture help treat?

Orthopedic issues

  • Osteoarthritis (arthritis, hip dysplasia, old injuries)
  • Muscle (sprains, strains, muscle imbalances)
  • Ligament injuries
  • Lameness
Skin Disorders

  • Allergies
  • Immune system disorders
  • Endocrine disorders
  • Hot spots/lick granulomas
Tract Disorders
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Constipation
  • Poor appetite
Heart Disorders

  • Heart failure (as an adjunctive therapy)
  • Immune Disorders
Urinary Tract
  • Urinary Incontinence
  • Cystitis
  • Bladder and Kidney disease

  • Inflammatory bowel disease
  • Autoimmune disorders
  • Respiratory Disease
  • Sinusitis
  • Coughing
  • Bronchitis
  • Asthma
  • Pneumonia
  • Irregular heat cycles
  • Cystic Ovaries
  • False Pregnancies
  • Poor Sperm Count
  • Prostatitis/Epididymitis
  • Adjunct to chemo (nausea and other side effects)
  • Adjunct to pain treatment
  • Good paliative treatment
Ears and Eyes
  • Otitis
  • Conjunctivitis

Electroacupuncture vs. Dry Needling


Electroacupuncture (EA)


Allows for electric current to pass through tissues to allow for greater stimulation and thus greater response.


Generally tolerated well, but some patients will not tolerate it

Dry Needling


Still allows for much benefit and response from the patient

Generally tolerated by most patients


Not as much stimulation as generated by EA

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