VCA Avalon-Heart of Gwinnett Animal Hospital


Here at VCA Avalon Heart of Gwinnett we offer acupuncture for all pets!

What is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture is the procedure of inserting and manipulating needles into specific points on the body to initiate healing, control pain, and improve and maintain health.

How Does it Work?

Acupuncture works by a series of complex mechanisms modulating neuro and circulatory processes. A tiny solid needle is inserted into the skin in proximity to nerves, lymphatics and capillary beds. There can be a local effect and/or an effect on the internal organs. One mechanism is when the nerve area is stimulated, a signal is transferred to the spinal cord, travels to the brain, and then back to the organs, skin or muscle groups that have been stimulated. Acupuncture also modifies circulation by either increasing or decreasing blood flow which bolsters immunity and healing throughout organs and muscle groups.

What is Acupuncture Used For?

  • Musculoskeletal Problems
  • Analgesia (Pain Relief)
  • Skin Problems
  • Nervous Disorders
  • Respiratory Problems
  • Urogenital Problems
  • Cancer
  • Liver Problems
  • Gastrointestinal Problems

Who Will be Your Pet’s Acupuncturist?

Dr. Moon studied at the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine and received her degree in 2008. She also attained her Bachelor of Science in Biology from the University of Georgia in 2003. Her special interests include exotic animal medicine, surgery, and acupuncture. She has completed her course from the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society. She is a current member of both the AVMA (American Veterinary Medical Association) and the IVAS (the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society).


Specialty Care

Sometimes sick or injured pets need the care of a veterinary medical specialist. When that happens, VCA specialty hospitals work closely with the general practitioner veterinarians who refer cases to us in order to provide seamless veterinary care to your pet. When your pet is facing any kind of serious illness or injury, our specialty referral hospitals will provide the compassionate and expert care your beloved pet needs.

Our goal is to make sure that when you and your pet are in need that you have access to board certified specialists who are up to date on the very latest developments in their field. In our state of the art hospitals, our specialists also have access to the most sophisticated diagnostic and treatment tools and techniques from ultrasonography and endoscopy to CAT scans and even MRI.

As part of the VCA family, we have over 83 specialty hospitals across the US and Canada which provide referral specialty care, so there may be one near you. Our specialized services include: behavior, cardiology, critical care, dentistry, dermatology, integrative medicine, internal medicine, neurology, oncology, ophthalmology, radiology, rehabilitation, reproduction, and surgery.

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Emergency Care

In case of emergency during normal business hours, please call us immediately. If you have an emergency outside of our normal business hours, please contact a local emergency animal hospital.