Since ancient times, acupuncture has been a mainstay in Chinese medicine to boost wellness and treat a wide variety of illnesses in people. In recent years, it has also been a go-to treatment in veterinary medicine to help our loyal companions. This service is available for all eligible dogs, cats and other patients here at South Shore Veterinary Services. Please don’t hesitate to give us a call at 902.543.5602 if you would like to learn more.

What is acupuncture used for in pets?

Your veterinarian may suggest or prescribe acupuncture if your pet has been diagnosed with arthritis, inflammation of the joints or other body parts, hip dysplasia, nerve damage, digestion problems, respiratory disease, chronic pain and more. It may also be effective as part of your pet’s post-operative care or to help them heal faster from injuries.

Can acupuncture help with pets with behavioural problems?

Every pet is unique and may respond differently to the treatment. That being said, one of the possible benefits of acupuncture is helping to reduce anxiety, aggression and other behavioural issues. We find that it has a soothing effect on many of our patients and it is common for them to fall asleep during treatment.

How much does pet acupuncture cost?

Cost will vary depending on the size of the treatment area, number of sessions needed and your pet’s specific situation. Please feel free to give us a call and schedule a consultation for the most accurate estimate.


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Last updated: May 5, 2022.

Dear Clients,

We are happy to welcome all clients back inside our hospital! Here is what to expect when you visit our hospital:

1. Face masks are now only required in the exam rooms.

2. Please email your order request to prescriptions@southshorevetservices.ca as our phone lines are very busy. Please include your pet’s name, the client name on file and the phone number on file as well as specific medications/food needed. We require 24 business hours for processing prescription refills.

3. We are now allowing clients to come in to the hospital to pick up orders that require payment.

Thank you for your patience and understanding. We are looking forward to seeing you all again.

- The team at South Shore Veterinary Hospital