We cherish your pets like family at Knox Pet Clinic.
What is acupuncture?

Acupuncture usually involves the insertion of thin sterile needles into discrete and specific points on the body in order to cause a therapeutic effect, but may also include other methods such as electrical stimulation and moxibustion. The point on the body is called “Shu-uxe” or acupuncture point (acupoint). The ancient Chinese discovered 361 acupoints in humans and 173 in animals.

FAQ for Veterinary Acupuncture

Is there scientific evidence on how acupuncture works?
Modern research shows that acupoints are located in the area where there is a high density of free nerve endings, mast cells, small arterioles, and lymphatic vessels. Most acupoints are motor points. A great number of studies indicate that the stimulation of acupoints induces the release of beta-endorphins, serotonin, and other neurotransmitters. The US National Institutes of Health’s Nation Library of Medicine (www.pubmed.gove) has a total of 25,7641 research papers regarding acupuncture and 404 animal specific articles as of February 2017.

Is acupuncture safe?
Yes! Acupuncture is a very safe medical procedure when administered by a qualified practitioner. Very few negative effects have been found in clinical cases.

How soon can we expect results?
Some results can be seen immediately but others will require several treatments. Generally a minimum of 3 to 5 treatments 1-2 weeks apart for chronic conditions are needed before on can expect notable improvement.

How many treatments are needed?
As in all medicine, this depends on the situation and treatments can be done daily, weekly, monthly, or even further apart depending on the severity and chronicity of the condition.

Does acupuncture hurt?
Rarely! Acupuncture is not painful because acupuncture points are stimulated using very fine needles, almost as thin as hair. Over 95% of patients are comfortable with acupuncture therapy. Due to the relaxation effect, some animals will fall asleep during acupuncture treatments. In general, sedation is not needed before an acupuncture treatment.

When is acupuncture recommended?
Clinical trials indicate that acupuncture therapy can be effective in the following conditions:

  • Musculoskeletal problems: muscle soreness, back pain, osteoarthritis, and degenerative joint disease
  • Neurological disorders: seizures, intervertebral disc disease (IVDD), laryngeal hemiplegia, and facial and radial nerve paralysis
  • Gastrointestinal disorders: diarrhea, gastric ulcers, colic, vomiting, constipation, and impactions
  • Other chronic conditions: skin problems, heaves, asthma, cough, uveitis, renal failure, chronic liver diseases, behavioral problems, infertility, Cushing’s disease, hypothyroidism, hyperthyroidism, geriatric weakness, and anhidrosis.
  • Quality of life, cancer and hospice care
  • Performance enhancement and the prevention of disease

What physiological effects are induced by acupuncture?

  • Pain relief
  • Promotion of tissue healing processes
  • Regulation of gastrointestinal motility
  • Anti-inflammatory effects
  • Immunoregulation
  • Hormone and reproductive regulation
  • Antifebrile effects

Why is acupuncture frequently combined with herbs?
Many acupuncturists choose to combine acupuncture with herbal medicine because the use of herbs enhances the effectiveness of acupuncture

Acupuncture should be used with caution in the following conditions: fractures, pregnancy, and open wounds and tumors.

For more information please visit The Chi Institute of Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine at

Dental Care and Cleaning
What is a professional veterinary dental cleaning?

At Knox Pet Clinic a dental cleaning will include scaling and scraping the teeth to remove plaque and tartar buildup, cleaning below the gum line, polishing the teeth, and possible extractions or damaged teeth.

How often does my pet need a dental cleaning?

The American Veterinary Dental College recommends that all cats and dogs have an annual dental cleaning starting at 2 years of age or sooner if the pet has identified problems.

Why does my pet need to be sedated for a dental cleaning?

Periodontal disease, which can go undetected until it starts to cause more damage and problems, is located below the gum line. Periodontal disease causes damage to bones and gum tissue and can cause pain, tooth loss, and bad breath. A proper cleaning below the gum line can only be done when a pet is under anesthesia which is why a full professional dental cannot be completed without sedation.

Hospice and Euthanasia
Knox Pet Clinic provides exceptional care to ensure that all animals are treated with dignity and respect and given a peaceful passing. Our staff understands the bond that is formed between a pet and its family is unique and strong and to be treasured. There is no honor higher than being trusted with such a difficult and emotional time of a beloved pet’s passing. If crematory services are requested Knox Pet Clinic partners with Endearing Pets to coordinate these services on your behalf.
In-House Pharmacy and Laboratory
Knox Pet Clinic can perform a multitude of tests right here at the clinic with our in-house laboratory. The benefit of an in-house laboratory is the ability to collect samples, run them immediately, and read them quickly having what might be critical information very quickly. We are also fortunate to have the University of Illinois Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory as a resource for lab work that we do not perform like pathology or immunization titers.

Knox Pet Clinic also has an in-house pharmacy providing critical medications at our fingertips. Our pharmacy includes:

  • Antibiotics
  • Ear medications
  • Eye ointments and drops
  • Medications for specific medical conditions i.e. heart disease
  • Anti-inflammatory and pain relief
  • Prevention products for fleas, ticks, heartworms, and other parasites
  • Standard Process supplements, high-quality supplements made from whole foods
Parasite Testing and Control
No owner wants their pet to suffer from hookworms, whipworms, tapeworms or roundworms (oh my)! With our in-house laboratory checking for intestinal parasites is quick and easy, just bring in your pet’s fecal sample and in about 15 minutes the results will be ready. If your pet does have a parasite Knox Pet Clinic offers deworming products to help eliminate and protect your pet from future parasites.

Another large concern is tick-borne diseases and heartworm. Your pet should be tested yearly for heartworms, we refer to this as a 4dx test. A 4dx only requires 3 drops of blood and not only does it test for heartworms but also for Lyme and other tick-borne diseases. Always keep your pet on year round prevention for ticks and heartworms. Our staff will help you find the right prevention for your pet based on their breed, age, size, and lifestyle.

Fleas are no fun! Not only will fleas make your pet miserable but they are a pain to get rid of once you’re dealing with an infestation. Year-round prevention is key! (Fleas are active at 40 degrees, so mild winters won’t keep them away). Again, our staff will help you find the right prevention for your pet based on their breed, age, size, and lifestyle.

AVID Microchips
Knox Pet Clinic uses AVID microchips. A microchip is the size of a grain of rice and is quick and easy to implant in your cat or dog. Each microchip has a unique number that is registered to the pet and owner. If your pet gets separated from you, whoever finds them will be able to take them to a local veterinary clinic or shelter and with a quick scan they can identify your pet and reunite them with their family.

Visit to learn more and update your contact information for your pet’s microchip.


Knox Pet Clinic has a Certified Groomer on staff to meet all your pet’s grooming needs.

Why is grooming important for my pet’s health

Regular grooming is an important part of your pet’s health routine. Regular grooming keeps their coats shiny and healthy and it distributes natural oils when you simulate their circulation during grooming. Grooming also removes dead fur and dirt and helps to detect skin issues, fleas, and ticks.

For dogs, it’s recommended to have them groomed at least every 8 – 10 weeks and bathed every 2 weeks. Cats tend to not like water and usually do a good job bathing themselves but can be bathed as needed. A longhair cat should be brushed daily, shorthair cats should be brushed a couple of times a week.

What grooming services does Knox Pet Clinic offer?

  • Baths: a bath includes a shampoo, scrub, and rinse, as well as an ear cleaning and basic brushing.
  • 3 F’s: The three “f”s are the face, feet, and fanny and include a trimming or shaving to these three areas.
  • Sanitary trim: this is when the hair is shaved in the area of the rectum and penis or vulva area.
  • Haircuts: cut to the owner’s preference.
  • Shearing: a shearing is an all over full body shave with clippers on one of two settings, short or shorter.
  • Lion cut: This is when the whole body is sheared but the face, feet, and tail are left alone. There is also the option for having the tail shaved but a “puffball” on the end of it.
  • A complimentary nail trim is included in all grooming service.

Additional services: a flea bath (we use Dawn dish soap for a prolonged time to help rid the fleas); a medicated bath with a specific shampoo recommended by the veterinarian; Epi soothe crème rinse (used for dry skin); expressing of anal glands, ear cleaning, and a brush out.

Sometimes pets have an injury or illness that will require more than what can be done at home or with outpatient care and will need hospitalization. What care can Knox Pet Clinic provide to your hospitalized pet?

  • Fluids: delivered intravenous (IV) or subcutaneous
  • Medication: given intravenous, by injection, or pilling
  • Oxygen therapy: short or intermediate term
  • Ongoing diagnostics: it may be necessary to run multiple tests on your pet, including blood work in our in-house lab, x-ray, or ultrasound
  • Nursing care: this may include monitoring your pet’s vitals, bandage changes, feeding, administering fluids and medications
  • Observation: your pet’s doctor may want to observe your pet and watch for response to treatment, and alter treatment as directed by the pet’s response
  • Isolation: some illnesses and disease are very contagious therefore requiring isolation
Laser Therapy
Knox Pet Clinic is proud to offer Laser Therapy for our patients!

Laser Therapy can be beneficial for:

  • Pain Management
  • Nerve Regeneration
  • Wound Health
  • Inflammatory Diseases
  • Post Surgical Healing
  • Acute Musculoskeletal Trauma
  • Rehabilitation
Wellness Exams
What is a Wellness Examination?
A wellness examination is a routine assessment of a healthy pet to ensure they are maintaining good health.

How often should my dog or cat have a wellness examination?
As a puppy or kitten your pet will need to be seen monthly starting at 6-8 weeks of age, this monthly visit will include vaccinations and a physical assessment of your pet to ensure that they are growing and developing well. These visits are also a great time to talk about any questions or concerns you may have about your new pet.

With an adult pet, you can expect a wellness examination once a year. As your pet ages, a semiannual examination is recommended especially during the senior stage. These recommendations are a generalization and your veterinarian may suggest an alternate schedule based on your pets health, breed, and lifestyle. Of course, anytime your pet seems to be ill, a physical examination should be completed.

What will my veterinarian check during a wellness examination?
During a wellness examination, your pet will get a physical exam, you will discuss your pet’s attitude and habits at home, and address any questions you may have about your pet’s well-being.

What does my veterinarian check during a physical examination?
During the physical examination, your pet will be looked at from the nose all the way to the tip of the tail and everything in between.

This will include:

  • Eyes– are they clear or cloudy? Any discharge or growths?
  • Mouth– color and condition of gums, the health of teeth, any growths or bad odor?
  • Nose– free from discharge and growths
  • Ears– any wax or discharge, odor, or growths
  • Body condition– are they too thin or overweight
  • Hair and skin– check texture, lesions, or for any hair loss

They will listen to:

  • Heart – rate, arrhythmias, murmurs
  • Lungs – rate and sound

They will palpitate the:

  • Legs– pain, stiffness, masses
  • Abdomen– kidney, liver, spleen, growths, pain
  • Pulse– rate and strength
  • Lymph Nodes– enlargement

What else might be checked during a wellness examination?

  • Urine– infection, inflammation, the presence of blood
  • Feces– intestinal parasites such as hookworms, roundworms, and tapeworms
  • Blood– A general health panel will take a look at internal organ function such as the liver and kidneys and a complete blood cell count will look at white and red blood cell counts as well as platelets and can check for any indication of infection

Is there anything I need to do to prepare my dog for a wellness examination?
You may be asked to bring a urine or stool sample with you for the appointment or to have your pet fast prior to coming in for any testing, please be sure to ask about this when scheduling your appointment. Also, make sure you know what your pet’s diet consist of including brand, type, amounts fed as well as treats. Please bring along a list of all medications or supplements your pet is on as well.

Payment Options

We accept Visa, MasterCard, Discover, cash, and check as forms of payment.


When unexpected illness strikes a pet, unexpected expense strikes as well. Knox Pet Clinic understands this and is able to make some special arrangements through the CareCredit program. It takes just 5 minutes to complete an application and will allow you to break down your payment into 6 monthly installments. You can easily apply online.

Highlights of the CareCredit program:

  • Low Monthly Payments (3% of the Total Balance)
  • Interest-Free For 6 Months
  • Determine Approval in a Few Minutes
  • No Annual Fee


Scratchpay provides you with simple, transparent payment plans that fit any budget. Payment plans are risk-free and have no hidden fees, no prepayment penalty, and no deferred interest.

Apply online in three easy steps!

  • Apply for a payment plan from your phone or desktop
  • Check your rate and pick your payment plan
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    Knox Pet Clinic

    658 W Main St
    Galesburg, IL 61401


    Mon-Fri7:30am - 5:00pm
    Sat8:00am - 12:00pm


    Knox Pet Clinic - Knoxville

    105 North Public Square

    Knoxville, IL 61448



    Mon: 8:00am - 4:00pm
    Tues: 8:00am - 4:00pm
    Thurs:8:00am - 4:00pm

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