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Acupuncture is a therapy in which thin, filiform needles are inserted into specific points on the body to relieve pain and treat other neurologic conditions.  Acupuncture needles stimulate the nervous system, which is the control center of the entire body.  Through these minute stimuli, chronic and acute pain, neurologic damage, and other disease processes in the body can be corrected and encouraged to return to normal.

Some conditions that are recommended for Acupuncture are:  

  • Respiratory Disorders (sinusitis, rhinitis, common cold)
  • Bronchopulmonary Disease (bronchitis, asthma)
  • Eye Disorders (conjunctivitis, cataracts, myopia, retinitis)
  • Oral Disorders (toothache, pain after extraction, gingivitis) 
  • Orthopedic Disorders (arthritis, back pain, muscular injuries)
  • Gastrointestinal Disorders (spasms of the esophagus, gastroenteritis, gastritis, gastric hyperacidity, ulcers, colitis, bacterial dysentery, constipation, diarrhea, ileus)
  • Neurologic Disorders (headache, migraine, trigeminal neuralgia, gacial paralysis, paralysis, peripheral neuropathy, neurogenic bladder dysfunction)
  • Painful Conditions

Dr. Alex Dahlgren

Dr. Alex Dahlgren graduated from University of Georgia in 2006. She practiced emergency veterinary medicine for two years before joining Cary Street Veterinary Hospital in June of 2008.

Dr. Dahlgren became certified in veterinary acupuncture through Colorado State University’s program. She has special interests in older dogs and cats, working dogs and sports medicine, and pain control and rehabilitation medicine.


Acupuncture is one of the safest veterinary treatments available. It requires no pharmaceutical assistance, removing the possibility of overdose and adverse reaction and can be used in conjunction with most other traditional and alternative treatments.

Please call our office to set an appointment with Dr. Dahlgren (804) 386-0196.

The health and safety of our patients, clients and team members are top priority at Cary Street Vet. We are closely following the Virginia Department of Health and the Centers For Disease Control CDC for guidelines and have implemented a more rigorous cleaning protocol and for now, ask that clients who are experiencing flu-like symptoms or exposure to the COVID-19 infection to please reschedule their pet’s appointment. For questions on the virus and your pet, the AVMA has released the following FAQ: