Animal Acupuncture

My name is Dr. Erika Sullivan, I graduated from the Ontario Veterinary College (OVC) in Ontario, Canada in 2005, with distinction and I am a Certified Veterinary Acupuncturist. I earned my certification from the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society in 2013, while still living in Canada, and am excited to be bringing Acupuncture to the services we can offer you at AdelaideVet.

Acupuncture is a treatment modality involving a Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medical (TCVM) assessment of a patient, and the placement of fine, sterile needles in specific points along energy channels in the body, to aid in recovery of the affected animals’ symptoms (or TCVM Diagnosis).

Acupuncture is effective in animals for conditions of pain including musculoskeletal disorders, osteoarthritis, spinal or neurologic dysfunction, gastrointestinal disease, and immunological support (including oncology and immune-mediated diseases). It can be used as a very SAFE addendum to animals that are already currently taking certain medicine. And, it is especially useful as a treatment modality in patients with known drug reactions, where the unwanted side-effects of drugs can be avoided while still achieving the same treatment goals.


How does Veterinary Acupuncture work?
The main therapeutic effect starts with the activation of nerve fibres near a point. These stimuli then bring about changes that help to balance nerve-signalling and neurotransmitter activity from the "periphery" (i.e. the acupuncture point) to the central nervous system (the brain and spinal cord) and autonomic nervous system centres (which govern processes like glandular activity, immune status, digestion, mood, and more). It releases tension in muscles and is calming for the patient by releasing endorphins.

How do I know if my pet would be a good candidate for acupuncture?
Pets need to be calm and relaxed as they need to be able to remain still for up to 30 minutes. To encourage this, acupuncture is performed in the patient’s own bedding, which we ask you to bring in. We also request the presence of his or her owner during the whole treatment. Cats can have the bedding in their carrier cage which should have a detachable top. The top can be placed back covering the cat during the treatment. Aggressive pets or pets that fail to relax may not be good candidates for acupuncture.

Not sure if acupuncture could help your pet? Want a non-traditional approach that does not have any side effects? Book a consultation with Erika, she will discuss your pet’s full medical history, and see if acupuncture could be the right fit!

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