I’ve heard acupuncture can treat many different conditions in both people and animals. My dog has a number of age-related issues—she’s less mobile, has less energy, and has less of an appetite. Should I consider acupuncture? A: Acupuncture is one of several complementary therapies that I use to help my patients. It is one of the most field tested techniques available in complementary medicine, with a 2,500-year history of safe use and a significant amount of modern empirical and experimental evidence supporting its effectiveness. I mainly use acupuncture and related therapies to treat pets with musculoskeletal problems (like arthritis) or back problems (like disk disease), but pets with a number of ailments, including allergies and other conditions, also respond quite well.