Acupuncture works by balancing the nervous system as it can tip towards the sympathetic/stress part of the nervous system due to a variety of reasons. The calm (parasympathetic) part of our nervous system is responsible for reducing anxiety and creating a sense of well-being. We will improve the immune system through increased blood flow to the intestines and parts of the body that control the immune system. The acupuncture will access the fascia layer under the skin and nerve rich locations along the body. This will improve pain associated with specific conditions while releasing endorphins from the nervous system. Acupuncture is well tolerated by pets as the needles are tiny and they start to learn that they feel better after their treatments. We often use a food reward to distract the pets that are aware of the needle placement and ensure that they are relaxed with the use of a lavender massage oil. By starting with a small number of needles, we can allow them to adapt to the visit and then increase our point selection as needed. Conditions we treat are many but often include arthritis, pain, nausea, degenerative myelopathy, laryngeal paralysis, intervertebral disk disease.