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Metropolitan Animal Specialty Hospital


MASH is proud to offer acupuncture every Thursday and Friday with Dr. Shyvonne Mathias.


What is acupuncture?

Acupuncture is a form of medicine that encourages the body to heal itself, using fine, sterile needles inserted into the skin and underlying tissues at specific locations. This process stimulates the body to promote the body's natural healing process and pain control. The goal is to push the body back to homeostasis or a "normal state". 

How is acupuncture used?

In traditional Chinese medicine, the practice helps open channels and allow for balance. In veterinary medicine, the practice is used as an adjunctive for pain control, anti-inflammatories, and/or anti-anxiety. We use the same sterile thin needles to help stimulate certain areas depending on our goals for the patient.

Will acupuncture hurt?

Every patient is different. Some patients are sensitive to the placement of needles but this could be dependent on how uncomfortable the patient is. Typically, most patients tolerate placement but we start with a low dose to see how our friend feels. Our goal over our time together is to see if we can increase our dose but also make sure our patient is improving.

How often does my pet need acupuncture?

Depending on your pet’s initial consult, we will discuss our goals and how often our patient will need to come in. While no medical therapy is 100%, it is recommended to commit to at least 4 weeks of treatment as a trial. At the end of 4 weeks, we can reassess.

What other therapies are available with acupuncture?

Depending on the patient and the disease process, we can implement electro-stimulation, laser, and pulse electromagnetic field therapy.