Do Animals Get Acupuncture?

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Yes, animals can benefit from acupuncture (not just human animals). The principles are basically the same as acupuncture for humans, and we know that the placebo effect is probably out the window for these animals (especially when performed under anesthesia, as may be necessary). For more information, see the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society.

And here is my growing link library for animals receiving veterinary acupuncture in popular media!

Video of two endangered sea turtles receiving acupuncture at Cape Cod (via AP)

Video of Discovery Channel’s Dirty Jobs host Mike Rowe helping Lily the Goat receive acupuncture

Animal Acupuncture article from CBS Los Angeles[Video] More Owners Turning To Holistic Medicine For Their Pets

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Dog Acupuncture: Great article about animal acupuncture in general from Natural Awakenings Magazine: Animal Acupuncture: TCM Is Not Just for Humans Anymore, by DR. JENNY TAYLOR

Sea Turtles treated successfully by Dr. Tracy Lord, D.V.M., at the Marine Stranding and Rescue Center in Virginia Beach, VA

Teddy the Rockhopper Penguin receives acupuncture at the Two Oceans Aquarium in Cape Town: Arthritic Penguin’s Acupuncture Relief

Pedang the Sumatran Tiger gets acupuncture at Ramat Gan Safari, an open-air zoo near Tel Aviv: Huffington Post article

Jaffa the Horse receiving acupuncture for excess eye watering: Western Veterinary Acupuncture Group

Camel receives acupuncture from Dr Barbara Royal in Chicago, IL: Wild About Pets Radio Show and NY Times

Elephant receives acupuncture at Singapore Zoo: Reuters

Tirto the Komodo Dragon receives acupuncture from Senior veterinarian Oh Soon Hock at Singapore Zoo

Kiki, the Acupuncture Kitty, from Daily Mail Reporter

Moki the Cat featured getting acupuncture on Dogster’s 8 Holistic Health Treatments for Dogs

Kishi Haru the Cat recovered from paralysis with acupuncture: Needle Work Has This Cat Purring

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