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 Safe and Effective Alternative Treatments for Your Pet

Combine TCM and veterinary acupuncture with other treatments to relieve your pets of pain and other symptoms.

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and Veterinary Acupuncture in South Calgary

When conventional methods fail to treat or relieve your pet from pain, discomfort and illness, you could turn to holistic options such as acupuncture, Chinese herbs and other traditional Chinese medicine. The team at Silverado Veterinary Hospital in South Calgary is trained and qualified in veterinary acupuncture to help your pet stay healthy with safe and holistic therapies. These treatments can be used separately or with other methods to help speed up the healing process and bring harmony to the body. While treating pain is the primary goal of veterinary acupuncture, it can also address various other ailments. This includes anxiety, skin diseases, immunological disorders, neurological problems, and musculoskeletal concerns. So, if your pet is dealing with health issues, contact us to book your appointment at our clinic.


What Is TCM?


Traditional Chinese Medicine, or TCM, is an alternative medicine that can treat almost any imbalance in health except those requiring surgery. It utilizes a combination of Chinese herbs and other natural substances, acupuncture, food therapy, meditation and exercises to treat the issue. From inflammations, bowel disease, hormonal disorders, epilepsy, allergies, cancer, kidney and liver failure, behavioural problems and chronic pain, it can safely alleviate various health issues. TCM emphasizes improving the body’s resilience to disease to preserve general health while treating pain and illness.


How Does Acupuncture Work For Pets?


Acupuncture refers to treating conditions or symptoms by inserting very fine needles into specific points on the body to produce a response. The therapy was conceptualized by ancient Chinese scholars hundreds, if not thousands of years ago to connect various internal organs via meridians or channels. Acupuncture works by freeing blocked meridians, which are pathways that transmit Qi energy throughout the body. These meridians have been identified in both humans and animals. 


When Qi energy is slow or inadequate, it can affect your blood flow. This can cause discomfort and inflammation. Through improved Qi and blood flow, acupuncture lessens pain and inflammation all over the body.


Each acupuncture point is meant to have specific effects when stimulated. Combinations of points are often stimulated to activate synergistic reactions between them. Our team of experts knows exactly which acupuncture points are to be stimulated, the depth of needle insertion, the type of stimulation applied to the needles and the duration of each treatment session depending on your pet’s tolerance and the condition that needs to be treated.


Most animals can tolerate acupuncture treatments very well. It is most commonly used to help companion animals like horses, dogs and cats and has been proven effective on other species, including elephants, cattle, monkeys, and rabbits! Though your pet may need to be restrained gently during the first treatment to minimize discomfort, as a rule, animals should ideally relax and sit or lie quietly for subsequent treatments.

Please call us if you have any questions or concerns about acupuncture therapy. We are always happy to help your pet live a happy and healthy life.


What Conditions Can TCM and Veterinary Acupuncture Treat?

Disorders related to the reproductive, neurologic and dermatologic systems can be treated with our veterinary acupuncture services in South Calgary. It is most commonly used to treat the following conditions:

  • Traumatic nerve injuries

  • Intervertebral disk disease

  • Degenerative myelopathy

  • Epilepsy 

  • Asthma

  • Allergic dermatitis

  • Lick granulomas

  • Chronic pain

  • Symptoms of degenerative joint disease


Acupuncture can also be used along with general anesthesia and can be used to treat any condition your pet may be affected with potentially. Get in touch with us to know how we can help you and your loved one!

Benefits Of TCM, Acupuncture and Alternative Therapies For Your Pet

Acupuncture has shown promising results for effective pain relief, helping and improving various other conditions and symptoms. It could even eliminate the need for surgery for your pet in certain conditions. TCM and alternative therapies can also help your pet recover post-surgery. It can improve its comfort level, speed up post-operative recovery, and even reduce or eliminate the need for chronic medication.

To know more about veterinary acupuncture in South Calgary, feel free to reach out to us.

We Care For Our Furry Friends


Our veterinary team is committed to helping all our cute and cuddly patients across South Calgary live their best lives!


They took amazing care of my cat Ella

- Chantal R.

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