Pet owners in China are turning to acupuncture to help soothe the aches and pain of their beloved cats and dogs. Traditional Chinese practitioners believe acupuncture which involves inserting long fine needles at specific places known as meridians of the body can stimulate blood circulation to promote healing and relieve aches and pain.

The Chinese pet owners are now spending a good amount of money to get their ailing pets treated with the help of acupuncture.

Here are pictures of some of the pets getting various sort of acupuncture treatment.

1. A dog and a cat receive treatment at Shanghai TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine).

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Neurology and Acupuncture Animal Health Center, which specialises in acupuncture and moxibustion treatment for animals, in Shanghai, China.

2. A cat owner her meow during treatment

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3. Traditional practitioners believe acupuncture which involves inserting long fine needles at specific places known as meridians of the body.

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4. On its website, the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society said acupuncture has been used in veterinary practice in China “for thousands of years to treat many ailments”.

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5. Jin Rishan, a specialist at the Shanghai TCM Neurology and Acupuncture Animal Health Center, claims have treated more than 2,000 cats and dogs

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6. It’s quite costly, single session of 45 minutes treatment costs 260 yuan ($39)

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7. A wheelchair bound dog, doctors say 80 percent of their patients have shown some improvement after treatment.

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8. Acupuncture needles at specific places stimulate blood circulation.

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9. A dog sitting inside a glass kennel.

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