Dr. Katie Chiles, DVM, is pleased to offer Acupuncture here at McClintock Animal Care Center. Veterinary acupuncture is the application of very small-gauge needles to various points on the body. The purpose is to elicit a physiological response in the body to treat almost any disease or condition.
Patients generally tolerate the needles very well, the very first treatment will be performed more slowly as they adjust to the needles. Inserting the needles to the proper depth and angle, manipulating them during the treatment and removing them all are techniques that can be achieved only through training and extensive practice. It may take three to five sessions to know if acupuncture therapy will be effective, although a response might be seen even after the first treatment. Improvements are often noticed after the third. Acupuncture treatments may last anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour and may be recommended once or twice weekly, monthly, or even once every several months depending on the illness.

Dr. Chiles has seen favorable acupuncture results in the treatment of many conditions including the following: cardiovascular disorders, chronic respiratory conditions, dermatological disorders, gastrointestinal disorders, immune-mediated disorders, musculoskeletal disorders, neurological disorders, thoracolumbar, cervical disc disease, and many other illnesses. Deciding if your pet should be treated with acupuncture therapy often depends on the animal itself and the condition afflicting it. Often times, Dr. Chiles will integrate Electro-acupuncture into the treatment, in which pairs of acupuncture needles are attached to a device that generates continuous electric pulses between them. Dr. Chiles may also perform Aqua-acupuncture, which is the injection of a liquid, typically Vitamin B-12, into acupuncture points. The purpose of the liquid is to put pressure on the acupuncture point, similar to the way an acupuncture needle is used. One of the main benefits to aquapuncture is the continuous stimulation or sedation of the point for several days.

All pets must have a current exam (within 60 days) before starting acupuncture. If you are interested in learning more or scheduling a consultation for acupuncture, please feel free to call or text us, at (480) 820-2822.

Contact Information

McClintock Animal Care Center
1836 East Elliot Road
Tempe, AZ 85284

Phone: (480) 820-2822
Email: [email protected]


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