Pet Owners Turning To Acupuncture And Herbs For Treatment Of Older Pets And Those With Cancer

A cat undergoes electroacupuncture treatment


Acupuncture, herbal medicine and other non-traditional options are growing in popularity for treating pets with cancer, chronic renal failure, severe pain associated with chronic arthritis and other ailments, even extending life for geriatric patients and improving quality of life.

With acupuncture, the animal maintains a high quality of life and we can often extend life another three to five years.


Acupuncture for geriatric patients, cancer treatments that start with herbs and nutrition, and alternative treatments for common neurologic conditions are among the topics veterinarians from around the world will learn about from veterinary experts during the Level Up: Integrative Medicine” virtual summit, presented by the North American Veterinary Community (NAVC), on Tuesday and Wednesday, April 19 and 21.

“As many people are open to integrative medicine to treat illness in humans, the same approaches are now being applied to help our pets live longer and enjoy a better quality of life,” said Dana Varble, DVM, CAE, NAVC’s Chief Veterinary Officer. “The Level Up virtual summits are another example of how the NAVC is opening the door for veterinary professionals everywhere to learn about advances in animal healthcare that can be used immediately in their practices.”

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