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Acupuncture has been around for thousands of years. It has been used extensively on humans which has lead to the introduction of acupuncture for pets. Acupuncture, an alternative form of medicine of Eastern origin, works by restoring the body's natural balance. Acupuncture for pets or "veterinary acupuncture" as it is sometimes called is used to maintain the balance of body, mind, heart and spirit of your pet. Fine needles are placed in acupuncture points on your pet's body. A dog has one hundred fifty of these spots, although only fifty to one hundred of them are commonly used. Acupuncture for pets is commonly used to treat liver, kidney and skin diseases. It can also be used as an alternative treatment for some forms of cancer, both on pets and people. Acupuncture can be used in conjunction with traditional Western medicine such as prescription medications and physical therapy. Acupuncture for pets does have some risk associated with it that you should be aware of before choosing acupuncture to treat your pet's symptoms, one of which is a risk of infection. Because needles are used to pierce the body in numerous spots, there is a very slight chance that infection can occur. Acupuncture for pets is one of the most exciting new advancements in veterinary medicine and has been shown to provide relief to pets.