Pet Acupressure (manual): The stimulation of acupoints using finger pressure to maintain or improve the acupuncture treatment an animal receives.
Pet Acupuncture (needles): Sterile disposable filiform stainless steel needles are typically used. The length and gauge used is determined by the size of the animal, needling technique, and location of the acupoints being treated.
Aqu-apuncture (injection): Stimulation of acupoints by injection using various solutions. Solutions injected include vitamins (especially B12), sterile water, physiologic saline, electrolyte solutions, antibiotics, herbal and homeopathic extracts, analgesics, steroidal and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory agents.
Electro-acupuncture (EAP, electrical current): Electronic alternating current devices provide very strong stimulation to acupuncture points. Acupuncture needles are placed and then electrical leads that fit around the needles are attached. The strength of the stimulus is adjustable. EAP is typically used for acute and chronic pain, and is the technique of choice for intervertebral disc disease with paralysis and other cases where nervous tissue damage is present.
Laser Acupuncture (LAP): The use of Class IV lasers to stimulate acupuncture points. LAP can be done rapidly and is especially useful for acupoints that are in sensitive or dangerous areas of the body.