An Introduction to Veterinary Acupuncture: An Interview with Dr. Gerald Buchoff,
Below, we continue our conversation on veterinary acupuncture with Dr. Gerald Buchoff,
a holistic veterinarian at his Holistic Pet Care animal hospital in Little Falls, NJ, and
President of Dr. B's Holistic Pet Products, LLC.
Question: What are some of the illnesses you commonly treat with veterinary
Dr. Gerald Buchoff: Veterinary acupuncture can be used to treat a number of ailments in
both large and small animals. It can help alleviate musculoskeletal problems, including
arthritis and sore backs; skin problems; and such gastrointestinal challenges as diarrhea
and nonsurgical colic.
Q: How long does an acupuncture treatment program usually last?
GB: I design a unique acupuncture treatment program for each veterinary patient I see.
Some ailments only require one to six treatments, while others call for several dozen.
Needle insertion takes from 10 seconds to 30 minutes and can incorporate a variety of
therapies, including gentle electric flows, heat, and massage. Often I will use a Sonotron
machine instead of needles to stimulate the acupoints with pulsating radio waves, sound
waves, and heat waves.
Q: How do the animals usually respond to this treatment?
GB: In the short term, many actually become extremely relaxed and drowsy. Over the
long term, results vary according to the nature of the ailment; I have seen numerous
animals respond positively to the treatment.
Q: Where can our readers learn more about your practice?
GB: Your readers can find me online at HPCNJ.com and DrBHolisticPetProducts.com.