Acupuncture – a non-drug treatment

The goal of canine acupuncture is to promote the dog’s body to heal itself.

PLEASE remember to always check with your vet!

This is done by stimulating the body’s own pain relieving and anti-inflammatory substances.  Acupuncture involves the insertion of tiny needles into body tissue where nerve bundles and blood vessels come together near the surface of the dog’s skin.  The treatment helps improve tissue blood flow, oxygenation, and removal of metabolic wastes and toxins. Unlike pain medications, acupuncture produces no adverse side effects on your dog’s internal organs.

You may want to consider acupuncture if your dog is suffering from any of the following problems:

  • Musculoskeletal Problems: osteoarthritis, hip dysplasia, chronic degenerative joint disease, intervertebral disc disease, tendonitis, sprains and muscle spasms.
  • Neurological Problems: epilepsy, stroke, deafness, coma, paralysis from disc disease.
  • Urinary Disorders: incontinence, cystitis, urine retention.
  • Gastrointestinal Problems: colitis, chronic idiopathic diarrhea or vomiting, gastroenteritis, rectal prolapse.
  • Respiratory Disorders: sinusitis, rhinitis, asthma, chronic coughing, pneumonia.
  • Systemic Inflammatory Conditions: chronic skin inflammation, allergies, lick granulomas.

Many veterinarians are now incorporating acupuncture as part of their protocol for treating cancer patients to lessen the side effects of chemotherapy and boost the dog’s immune system.

Acupuncture should only be performed by veterinary acupuncturist who has received formal training.  Some minor risk factors with acupuncture are the potential for the procedure to cause more problems than it solves, such as accidentally severing a nerve cluster or by impinging a previously healthy nerve.  Speak with your veterinarian to see if acupuncture treatments may improve the quality of life for your dog.

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