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Veterinary Acupuncture Northridge | Acupuncture for Pets
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Acupuncture has been around for centuries. At Northridge Animal Medical Center, we integrate this age-old practice with modern treatment approaches to keep our patients happy, healthy and feeling their best.

Acupuncture + Western Medicine Treat. Prevent. Support.

In addition to western medicine, our vets harness the healing power of our veterinary acupuncture in Northridge procedure to treat and prevent a wide range of conditions including:

  • Orthopedic pain
  • Arthritis
  • Cardiovascular disorders
  • Surgical pain
  • Gastrointestinal problems
  • Chronic respiratory issues
  • Inflammation
  • Allergies
  • Skin diesease
  • Incontinence
  • Musculoskeletal disorders
  • Neurological problems

A holistic, whole-body approach.Results you can count on.

At Northridge Animal Medical Center, we believe in a holistic, whole-body approach. We don’t exclusively practice eastern or western medicine. Rather, we look at the whole patient and decide what combination of approaches and therapies is in his best interest based on his age, breed, ailment, and quality of life.

Our goal is to blend veterinary acupuncture in Northridge treatments in a way that gets your pet feeling his best as quickly as possible. We have found that combining veterinary acupuncture with traditional western medicine is a terrific way to accomplish this.

The basics: How does acupuncture work?

Chinese medicine teaches that illness is the direct result of imbalances in the body’s vital energies. By correcting these imbalances, acupuncture enhances circulation, nervous system stimulation and natural pain relief – and enables the body to heal itself.

The benefits of pet acupuncture

Our cat and dog acupuncture in Northridge is helpful for pets of all ages and life stages. The primary benefits of the practice include:

  • Release pain + inflammation
  • Improve blood flow
  • Stimulate the body’s natural healing process
  • No adverse side effects (unlike medication)
  • Safely treat a variety of illnesses
  • Promote the removal of waste + toxins

What to expect at your appointment

Once your pet is cleared for treatment, we will insert tiny needles into his body where certain acupuncture points exist, depending on the condition being addressed. Acupuncture points are areas of body tissue where nerve bundles and blood vessels join. The needles used are soft, flexible and sterile and will be discarded once your pet’s session is complete.

Our cat and dog acupuncture in Northridge treatment is not painful. In fact, most animals become very relaxed and sleepy during treatment. An acupuncture session can last up to 30 minutes, and some animals may experience a worsening in their symptoms before a marked improvement in a day or so.

Your pet’s first acupuncture session will begin with a normal vet visit and complete physical examination. During that appointment, our vet will look for signs of illness and collect your animal’s medical history.

FAQ: How many sessions will my pet need?

It is fairly rare for a pet’s condition to completely resolve after just one acupuncture session. In general, we tell pet owners to expect a gradual improvement over four to eight weekly sessions for optimal effects.

Is veterinary acupuncture safe?

As long as it’s performed by an experienced veterinarian specially trained to perform cat and dog acupuncture, the treatment approach is extremely safe. There are no significant risks, though there are some side effects. Fortunately, they are mild and at the very most will include:

  • Increased relaxation
  • Minial discomfort
  • Numbness
  • Sleepiness
  • Tingling

Make an appointment today

Veterinary acupuncture can be a powerful addition to your pet’s healthcare regimen. Contact our Northridge clinic today to schedule an appointment and discover if this treatment approach is right for your best friend.


  • Monday 9:00am 6:00pm
  • Tuesday 9:00am 6:00pm
  • Wednesday 9:00am 6:00pm
  • Thursday 9:00am 6:00pm
  • Friday 9:00am 6:00pm
  • Saturday & Sunday Closed

Dear NAMC Family:

With COVID-19 in the forefront of everyone's minds, we would like to update you on measures that we are taking to help keep us all (two-legged and four-legged) healthy and cared for.

As safety is our top priority, Northridge Animal Medical Center is strongly recommending that clients not attend their pets' appointments and adhere to our new Drop-Off Policy.

For drop-off, please call us as you are arriving in our rear parking lot and an attendant will take your pet in for you. For pick-up, please arrive five minutes prior to the end of your pet's appointment or at the time specified by our team, pick up at our rear entrance and an attendant will bring your pet to your car. Of course you may also wait for us to finish our evaluation and call you with our findings and treatment plans.

Our phone number is (818) 886-1216.

Please specify your concerns and share updates about your pet on the Drop-Off Form provided. You can also email us with your pet’s concerns. Updates following treatment will be emailed to you or shared over the phone. We also may email you images or videos as a visual aid when needed or required.

In addition to the above logistical changes, we have already implemented enhanced sanitation measures within the building, including:

  • Additional hand sanitizing stations throughout facility
  • Disinfection of facility several times daily
  • Educating employees on best practices to avoid spread of pathogens


We appreciate you so much. Thank you for bearing with us as we move forward.

Lots of well wishes,

Dr. Frank Marco and the Northridge Animal Medical Center Team