Acupuncture In Dogs - Can It Treat The Pain?
By Suzi Sevcik
Acupuncture is a method for relieving pain and improving the function of organ systems by stimulating points on the surface of the body. It strengthens the body’s immune system and stimulates the body’s adaptive-homeostatic mechanisms. Acupuncture has been used for thousands of years in China, and it is the main treatment for 1/4 of the world’s population.
But can it work in dogs? Absolutely! If you dog is in pain because of arthritis or other degenerative disease, acupuncture can complement the treatment your dog is on. Consult with your veterinarian first, as your dog should be evaluate to eliminate other causes of pain such as tumors. They will also be able to ensure that any medications your pet is on won’t interfere with an acupuncture therapy.
An Acupuncture treatment is done by having your vet take a full history of your dog & any symptoms. Then the doctor will palpate your dog’s body as they evaluate points along the acupuncture meridians and look for areas of stiffness, weakness and tenderness.
Acupuncture Points are then selected for stimulation according to your dog’s condition. Most often the stimulation will happen by the insertion of very fine sterile needles into the skin. After the session you will find your dog to be sleepy or lethargic, this comes from the body’s natural release of endorphins or "feel good" hormones. As a natural remedy to pain, acupuncture, if done correctly has no negative side effects.
Results may not be seen after the first treatment. It’s usually recommended that your dog have at least 6 weekly sessions in order to evaluate the effectiveness of the acupuncture treatment. If your dog is in pain, talk to your vet on your next visit about canine acupuncture, your dog will thank you.
Suzi Sevcik is the creator of http://www.dogvetcare.com a site dedicated to providing dog owners with expert advice on care for their four legged member of the family. For more information on holistic care for your dog, see http://www.dogvetcare.com/holistic You can reach Suzi by e-mail at: firstname.lastname@example.org
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