What is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture is part of an ancient Chinese method of diagnosis and treatment called Traditional Chinese Medicine. Traditional Chinese Medicine uses acupuncture and herbs along with some other techniques to correct imbalances in the body and allow a patient to heal.

Traditional Chinese Medicine is a holistic approach to health which views the patient as an organism with interrelated energetic parts rather than breaking the patient down into separate systems and symptoms. The goal of the holistic approach is to do what is best for the total health and welfare of the pet. Keeping this in mind, acupuncture and, if necessary, conventional medical procedures are used to restore a pet’s health.

Frequently Asked Questions

How can acupuncture benefit my pet?

Veterinary acupuncture is used to stimulate and strengthen the animal’s own healing/homeostatic mechanisms. Acupuncture can affect all major


physiological systems and has good therapeutic value in a wide variety of human and animal diseases. The application of acupuncture is appropriate in all functional and some structural disorders. In small animals acupuncture is commonly used for:

Musculoskeletal problems:

  • Hip dysplasia
  • Arthritis
  • Intervertebral disc disease
  • Long term injuries
  • Skin problems

  • Lick Granulomas
  • Skin Allergies
  •  Nervous Disorders

  • Traumatic Nerve Injury
  • Certain Types of Paralysis
  • Diabetic Neuropathy
  • Degenerative Myelopathy
  • Idiopathic Epilepsy
  • Respiratory Problems

  • Feline Asthma
  • Gastrointestinal Problems

  • Constipation
  • Megacolon
  • Nausea /Vomiting
  • Pancreatitis
  • Urogenital Problems

  • Chronic Kidney Disease
  • Urinary Incontinence
  • Behavioral Problems

    Numerous other conditions have responded to acupuncture as well. If you have any questions about the effectiveness or safety of acupuncture in your animal’s condition, Dr. Julia Chant will be more than happy to speak with you in more detail.

    What Is Integrative Medicine?

    Integrative Medicine combines mainstream medical therapies (such as vaccinations, medication, surgery, and laboratory testing) with complementary and alternative therapies (such as nutriceuticals, western herbs, traditional Chinese herbs, and acupuncture). By combining the strengths of many forms of medicine, we can maximize the health of the patient while minimizing side effects related to the treatment.

    Dr. Julia Chant DVM

    Dr. Chant graduated from the University of Connecticut in 1998 with a Bachelor of Science in Animal Science and Pathobiology. She graduated from Ross University after completing a year of clinical study at Cornell University in 2003. She spent four years working in Middletown NY, during which time she completed coursework with the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society, before returning to her home town of Meriden, CT. Dr. Chant joined the Connecticut Valley Veterinary Associates in March 2008 as a general practitioner at both Essex Veterinary Hospital and Pieper-Olson Veterinary Hospital. She recently started practicing Integrative Medicine at Pieper Memorial.
    During her time off Dr. Chant enjoys spending time with her husband, two children and multiple pets. Her hobbies include running and gardening.