Veterinary Acupuncture



What is Veterinary Acupuncture?

Acupuncture for your pet is based on the same principles of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) practiced on people. It is an ancient scientific "art" that has been in existence since the Stone Age, when crude knives made of stone and other sharp edged tools were used. We have come a long way since then, and now acupuncture is being incorporated into mainstream human and veterinary medical practice worldwide.


How does it work?

The principles of TCM are based on the concept of balance. When the body and all its systems are "in balance" with the environment, there is good health. When the balance is off, disease ensues. Acupuncture points have individual characteristics which are selected based on the patient's pattern of imbalance. Needling appropriate points can restore the body's balance, and health. More scientifically, the mechanism of action of acupuncture is a complicated combination of stimulation of nerve pathways, release of neurotransmitters, improved blood flow and venous drainage, endorphin and other hormone release, as well as improved immune function.


What types of needles are used?

Acupuncture needles are extremely thin and flexible. They have a fine, tapered point, and penetrate the skin painlessly, and easily. These specially made needles are of varying lengths and diameter, and have a plastic or metal handle on one end. They are sterile and disposable.


Is is safe?

Acupuncture is extremely safe. It has been used for thousands of years on people and animals.


What problems can be treated?

A wide variety of problems can be improved with the help of acupuncture. Most people are familiar with using acupuncture to treat painful diseases like osteoarthritis, but many problems can benefit with the addition of acupuncture to their treatment plan. Some examples include: urinary and fecal incontinence, endocrine disorders, dermatologic problems, seizures, gastrointestinal diseases, intervertebral disk disease, post surgical pain, and more.


Will my pet like it?

Most pets enjoy their acupuncture treatments. They may become very relaxed or sleepy during or after the session. Acupuncture needling initiates the body's release of endorphins and other substances which may account for the relaxation and pain relief. Pets that are uncomfortable with being handled may be more anxious, and less responsive to treatments than animals that enjoy petting, a good massage, and belly rub.


How often does my pet need treatments?

The duration and frequency of treatments varies depending on the problem being treated and the length of time the body has been affected. Occasionally a single treatment is all that is required, but in most cases multiple sessions may be needed to start seeing results.



Dr. Leff has been practicing Veterinary Acupuncture since 2000. She is trained and certified by the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society (IVAS), and is a member of the American Academy of Veterinary Acupuncture (AAVA). She completed advanced training in Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine in : Acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine and TCM food therapy.



To schedule an Acupuncture consultation and session with Dr. Leff, call

Brookside Animal Hospital at (954) 755-5540.


Please allow 90 minutes for the initial visit to completely review your pet's medical history, current condition, treatment goals and plan.







Brookside Animal Hospital is conveniently located on the Northwest corner

of Coral Springs Drive and Wiles Road in the Publix Brookside Square Plaza.

10625 Wiles Road, Coral Springs, FL 33076