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Happy Pets Veterinary Center

27550 Newhall Ranch Rd.
Valencia, CA 91355
(661) 295-9972
(888) 769-1013 Fax

On the corner of Newhall Ranch Rd. and Dickason Dr./Ave. Tibbits,
just across from Eggs n' Things


Monday 9am - 6pm
Tuesday 9am - 6pm
Wednesday 9pm - 8 pm
Thursday 9am - 6pm
Friday 9am - 6pm
Saturday CLOSED

Se Habla Español


It has been speculated that acupuncture may have started in early primitive times. In 10,000 to 4000 BCE in Inner Mongolia they have found instruments made of stone that could have been used as early acupuncture needles. It was not until 1500- 1027 BCE during the Shang dynasty that metallic needles were developed and TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine) concepts were introduced.

The basic theory behind TCM is that the fundamental energy (Chi) that comprise the body manifest as two poles, Yin and Yang. When these two are balanced, the body is in harmony and all is well. When they are not balanced, that is when we see disease. Acupuncture tries to manipulate this Chi energy by using specific points on the body to bring Yin and Yang back to a balanced state.

Dr. Vega learned acupuncture in 2002-2003 When she took classes through IVAS (international Veterinary Acupuncture Society) and has been practicing and slowly gaining more knowledge in TCM since then. The majority of cases seen have been for musculoskeletal problems such as arthritis, intervertebral disc disease, knee injuries and hip dysplasia. However, acupuncture can also be used to treat various conditions as well such as skin diseases, gastrointestinal issues, organ problems (liver, kidney, heart) and even some behavior issues.

When you set up your appointment, the first visit will entail an exam to discuss your pet’s condition and relevant history. Bringing in previous medical history, blood work and x-rays will help Dr. Vega asses your pet and come up with an acupuncture treatment plan. Like other alternative healing methods, it may take time and repetition to see results. New clients are asked to commit themselves to at least 6 sessions before deciding to stop with acupuncture treatments.

Most people are concerned with how their pet will physically tolerate the acupuncture needles. On average about 90% of the pets receiving acupuncture don’t mind the needles or even seem bothered by them. During the 10 to 15 minutes we leave the needles in, most pets relax, some even fall asleep! No sedation or anesthesia is needed, just a loving owner to sit with their pet and provide verbal comfort during the treatment.

The best way to decide if your pet will benefit from an acupuncture treatment is to call and set up an appointment to discuss your pet’s condition with Dr. Vega. At that point we can do a treatment then or set it up an appointment for a later date.

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