Animal Acupuncture

Did you know animals can get acupuncture? And that they love it? Based on the same principles, theories and diagnostics as acupuncture for humans it can be applied specifically for the animal kingdom.

This is exciting news for our furry friends. As beneficial as modern medicine is, animals encounter the same limitations of western medicine as do us humans, and it’s wonderful to know there are complementary therapies available to help improve quality of life with less invasive treatment (that is also enjoyable!).

We are lucky enough in the region to have an animal acupuncturist servicing the area:

Townsend Veterinary Clinic

Performed by registered veterinary surgeon:
Dr. Emma Pilkington BVSc (Merit) BSc CVA (IVAS) – IVAS Certification in Veterinary Acupuncture.

Acupuncture can be an effective tool in reducing pain from conditions such as arthritis, hip dysplasia, elbow dysplasia, intervertebral disc disease, muscle strains as well as post-operatively for surgeries involving cruciates, patellas, hips or fracture repair to help reduce the need for pain relief medications.

Acupuncture can also improve the vitality and cognitive function in older animals, aid the management of feline asthma, urinary incontinence, as well as lick granulomas.

How does it work? Simply put, by stimulating certain acupoints, we can trigger physiological changes in the body. These include the release of chemicals within the body which reduce pain, increasing the number of specific white blood cells to boost our immune system, as well as regulating blood pressure (this is all dependent on which points are stimulated during the treatment).

Please contact the clinic for costing and availability.

Robs Veterinary Alternatives

Rob is a fully qualified Veterinarian having graduated from the University of Melbourne with honours in 2004. After 6 years of private Veterinary practice both in Australia and the UK, Rob started his own practice in January 2011 (Rob’s Veterinary Alternatives) focusing on complementary animal health therapies based in the Albury-Wodonga area.

Love for the Animals

Indigo Chinese Medicine proudly supports Albury Wodonga Animal Rescue (AWAR) and Animals Australia. We would love to see a world where animals are protected, and domesticated animals all have a loving and caring home for life. Visit their websites:

Albury Wodonga Animal Rescue

Animals Australia