Rationale: Acupuncture can be used on animals to help balance the immune system, stimulate healing, and treat internal problems such as cancer and heart disease.

Notes: According to acupuncture philosophy, illness is the result of imbalance in the body's energy. Acupuncture points on the body's meridians—pathways along which energy flows—can be used to influence your pet's energy. For more information, contact the American Academy of Veterinary Acupuncture at 303.772.6726 or visit

Rationale: Because chiropractors generally don't work with veterinary supervision, their work on pets remains a controversial topic. Adherents believe adjustments to your pet's skeletal system can help manage disk problems, hip dysplasia and any disease that puts stress on the bones.

Notes: To find an animal chiropractor in your area, contact the American Veterinary Chiropractic Association at 309.658.2958 or visit

Rationale: Certified massage therapists will treat your pet's muscle strains, musculoskeletal injuries, and arthritis, and help your pet recover from surgery. Massage therapy is also beneficial for the general health of your dog or cat, according to Rhonda Reich, animal massage program coordinator for the Boulder (Colorado) College of Massage Therapy.

Notes: To find a certified massage therapist in your area, call BCMT at 303.530.2100. Try your own hand at massaging your pet with information from The Healing Touch: The Proven Massage Program for Cats and Dogs by Michael W. Fox (NewMarket Press, 1990).