Acupuncture, a procedure rooted in Chinese medicine, has been used in veterinary practice for thousands of years to treat many ailments. Acupuncture is the insertion of very fine needles into specific points on the body to control pain or cause a healing effect. Acupressure, on the other hand, is the application of manual pressure to these specific points. Our veterinarians may recommend acupuncture or acupressure for your pet if he or she has osteoarthritis, vertebral disc disease, gastrointestinal problems (including poor appetite, and chronic vomiting or diarrhea), respiratory problems (such as a chronic cough), skin problems, or cancer (to support the immune system and appetite). Acupuncture and acupressure can be used alone or in combination with conventional medicine.