Acupuncture for Pets: Not Placebo

Kristen Sparrow • October 13, 2018

Pet Talk: Acupuncture—to believe or not to believe?

This veterinarian is unapologetic about using acupuncture and describes the science behind it.

“My response to the non-believers: “Do you believe in Ibuprofen?”

I have great news for believers and non-believers alike. I can confidently say acupuncture is not a belief system. We don’t have to pray to it for it to be effective. It has a mechanism of action that can be described just as Ibuprofen has a mechanism of action. Neither is a panacea; neither is a cure-all, but each has its place in an arsenal of medical modalities.

Note: Ibuprofen is for humans only, and is toxic to pets