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: November 19, 2021

Dear valued clients,

We appreciate your patience and understanding while navigating these past 2 years together. Due to the high increase in positive COVID-19 cases we have returned to locked door/curbside policy effective January 4, 2022.

Only pets will be allowed in the clinic. Owners are asked to please stay in the parking lot while pets are being seen.

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

  • When you arrive in our parking lot for an appointment, please remain in your vehicle and call (403)239-4657. After speaking with the vet one of our team members will meet you on the sidewalk outside the hospital to bring your pet inside. Please wear a mask when engaging with staff.
  • You must remain in the parking lot while we treat your pet. Doctors may be calling from an unknown number to discuss findings, please make sure you can receive such calls.
  • Please continue to follow the social distancing guidelines of two meters distance between yourself and other clients or staff
  • For food and mediation pick up please call the clinic when you have arrived and one of our staff members will let you know when to meet them outside the door for pick up. Please call ahead to place your orders.
  • Please give us a minimum of 2 business days for orders of food and medication to arrive.
  • Payment over the phone with credit/debit is preferred.
  • If you are experiencing any symptoms or have been out of the country in the last 10 days, please reschedule your appointment or send someone else to bring in your pet. Please ensure that the designated person is registered in our files.
  • 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