Acupuncture for pets?
A centuries-old therapy, modern acupuncture includes massage, electrical stimulation, and low-power lacer stimulation in addition to traditional needle therapy.   Acupuncture provides many of the same benefits to our pets as it does to humans.
At the Veterinary Medical Center, we are dedicated to wellness and healing in small animals. Acupuncture is available as a therapeutic option and is administered by a Veterinarian and Certified Veterinary Acupuncturist.  Dr. Polly Fleckenstein became certified in veterinary acupuncture in 2000, and continues to train in Chinese herbal therapy.
What are the benefits of acupuncture?
Acupuncture speeds the healing process by stimulating nerves, relieving muscle spasm, increasing blood circulation and causing the release of endorphins (a hormone involved in controlling pain) and cortisol (a natural anti-inflammatory). 
What kind of patients benefit from Acupuncture?
Acupuncture, herbal & other holistic treatment modalities can be used to treat many types of medical conditions. 
  • Emergency & acute illness such as vomiting, diarrhea, urinary obstruction, and CPR. 
  • Post-operative rehabilitation: Acupuncture is ideal for patients who have undergone spinal, hip, stifle, and other orthopedic or neurosurgical procedures, or for patients recovering from a major illness or undergoing cancer treatment. 
  • Chronic medical conditions that respond poorly to available "Western" treatments or patients suffering unwanted side effects from diseases, drugs or other forms of therapy (ie. radiation). 
  • Acupuncture is especially effective for treating severe arthritis and chronic pain syndromes.


Polly Fleckenstein, DVM, MS, CVA
"Dr. Fleckenstein --
Your hospital is a wonderful place and we want to thank you and all your staff for Rexford's outstanding care.  He is still with us because of you."
The Hunter Family
Parish, NY
Michelle Burnett, DVM, CVA