Preventative Care

Acupuncture and rehabilitation are not only beneficial to treat disease, they can also be used as part of a preventative healthcare regime. Just like in humans, the old saying 'Prevention is better than cure' holds true for animals as well. Regular health evaluations and appropriate acupuncture treatments, dietary modification or rehabilitation therapies can help to optimize health and reduce the chance that your pet will develop disease later.

It is likely that almost every apparently healthy animal will have some kind of imbalance when examined from a Chinese perspective, which can be treated to prevent disease developing. A thorough musculoskeletal evaluation may also uncover slight weight-bearing abnormalities or joint or muscle issues. Canine rehabilitation techniques can be used to address these, while also keeping your dog at a healthy weight, with good cardiovascular fitness, helping to prevent early development of conditions such as arthritis.

Acupuncture and Chinese medicine for preventative care

In China, Chinese medicine is very commonly used to prevent illness. People practice Tai-chi, have massages (Tui-na) and modify their diet (food therapy) to prevent illness. These practices ensure good flow and balance of Qi in the body, helping to prevent illness. Although animals obviously cannot practice Tai-chi, Tui-na, food therapy and acupuncture can be used in the same way to ensure balance in the body and therefore help prevent future health problems.

By treating an imbalance early, the chance that it will progress and become more severe, causing disease, can be reduced. It is always easier to successfully treat a disease when it is mild and short-standing, than when it becomes more chronic and severe. This also prevents your animal from potentially suffering and more good news is that it's also cheaper than waiting until a problem becomes severe!

Modern scientific research is also showing the importance of acupuncture in preventative care. We now know that many serious diseases, including cancer and diabetes, are rooted in chronic inflammation. Acupuncture has been shown to have anti-inflammatory effects and also modulates the endocrine (hormonal), cardiovascular, gastrointestinal and other body systems in order to restore balance and maintain health. Preventative acupuncture treatment is therefore very useful to help keep your animal healthy.

For healthy adult animals, preventative acupuncture treatments can be given at approximately 6 month intervals. For older animals (that are more likely to become ill due to their age), or those that are predisposed to certain diseases, it may be better to give acupuncture treatments more often, for example at 3-4 month intervals. Tui-na can also be performed at these consultations, together with advise on the most suitable diet for your animal using the principles of Chinese food therapy combined with modern knowledge about animal nutrition. If appropriate, you can be taught a short Tui-na massage routine to perform at home on your animal for wellness.

The Importance of Prevention in Chinese Medicine

The Huang Di Nei Jing, an important Chinese medical textbook written several thousand years ago, states:

"Superior doctors prevent the disease.
Mediocre doctors treat the disease before it is evident.
Inferior doctors treat the full-blown disease."

This shows just how important prevention of disease is in Chinese medicine. In China, use of traditional Chinese medicine to prevent illness is common-place. Since our dogs age faster than we do, it is even more important to maximize their health and prevent disease if possible.


New York Veterinary Acupuncture Service provides acupuncture, herbal medicine, Tui-na and Chinese food therapy on either a house call basis or at several area clinics. House calls are offered in New York's Orange County (Newburgh, Middletown, Beacon, Warwick, Goshen, Washingtonville, Florida, Chester, Monroe, Harriman, Tuxedo and surrounding areas). Thursday house calls are available in Manhattan. Fees vary by location; for more information, please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Office visits are available as follows:

High Point K9 Center
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Compassion Veterinary Health Center
235 South Ave., Poughkeepsie, NY
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