Pet owners living in China are turning to acupuncture to help soothe the aches and pains of their beloved cats and dogs.
Traditional practitioners believe acupuncture, which involves inserting long, fine needles at specific places of the body, can stimulate blood circulation.
They believe the process, which is famous in China, can relieve aches and pains of a patient.
And now it seems more and more people living in China are taking their pets to get treated.
Fascinating photographs show cats and dogs receiving treatment at clinics in the country after their owners decided to see if it would help them.
Wang Xijuan, 74, took her cat to a session at a Shanghai clinic and said: ‘China is famous for acupuncture. I took the cat here immediately to have a try.’
After four treatments, Wang said her cat can ‘walk now, jump and even fight with other cats’.
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’.
Jin Rishan, a specialist at the Shanghai TCM Neurology and Acupuncture Animal Health Center, said they have treated more than 2,000 cats and dogs since the clinic opened four years ago.
A single session costs 260 yuan and last for about 45 minutes.
Jin said about 80 percent of their patients have shown some improvement after treatment and added: ‘Making a paralysed and dependent dog stand up is our ultimate goal.’