Acupuncture for Pets

Acupuncture is a proven treatment for many different types of ailments that affect us humans. But did you know it can also be successfully applied in our furry family members? Also known as Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine (TCVM), this treatment option can be used alone or in conjunction with conventional Western medicine. To learn more about how we incorporate acupuncture into our treatment plans here at Edgemont Veterinary Clinic, please call us at 403.239.4657.

How will acupuncture help my pet?

TCVM therapies can sometimes lower the doses of pharmaceuticals required, control or prevent side effects, enhance quality of life, and occasionally eliminate the need for medicine altogether. In our furry family members, it can be used to treat several kinds of diagnoses such as arthritis, degenerative disc disease, paralysis, injuries, dermatological issues and more. It is also a good maintenance treatment for very active pets such as dogs who participate in sports, hunting or other activities that cause lots of stress on their joints and muscles.

Which pets are good candidates of acupuncture?

Before any kind of treatment commences, your veterinarian here at Edgemont Veterinary Clinic will consider your pet’s health history, personality, age, diet, sleeping, eating habits, and many other factors to develop a treatment plan and determine if they are a good candidate for acupuncture.

What are some common misconceptions about acupuncture?

Most people think that acupuncture involves needles exclusively to activate pressure points in the central nervous system, which thereby releases chemicals that reduce inflammation and other positive effects. But there are also other types of TCVM. For example, acupressure can be used to activate pressure points by using the fingers. Herbal and diet therapies can also prescribe in conjunction with acupuncture and acupressure.


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Last updated: February 28, 2022.

Dear valued clients,

We appreciate your patience and understanding while navigating these past 2 years together. We are pleased to announce our new appointment protocols effective Monday February 28, 2022.

We are now allowing ONE pet parent per appointment to accompany their pet into the clinic for their veterinary appointment. If you would prefer a curbside appointment, please just let us know.

For appointments with our technicians (i.e. injections, suture removal, anal glands, etc.), we ask that you please pay attention to the clinic capacity and if necessary step outside for a few minutes to accommodate the flow of the clinic with capacity restrictions.

We ask that you follow these guidelines to ensure your visit is safe for yourselves, your pet, other clients and our staff:

  • Masks are required while in the clinic
  • If you are unable to wear a mask, we will happily continue to provide you with curbside services
  • Please continue to follow the social distancing guidelines of two meters distance between yourself and other clients or staff
  • ONE pet parent will be allowed inside the clinic for the appointments. If you have children with you, we ask that your appointment remains curbside as this will go past our 3 person limit in the clinic
  • We will allow up to a maximum of 3 clients in the clinic lobby at any one time

    We will continue to watch the guidelines posted from the Alberta government and will update our clients as needed if these protocols are to change.

    Thank you for your continued trust in us. - Your dedicated team at Edgemont Veterinary Clinic