Years ago, my dog Buddy suffered badly from hip dysplasia and arthritis, limping and struggling to stand up. We made an appointment for acupuncturist Dr. Ariaza to come to our house, wondering all the while how we'd get an exuberant lab to lay still long enough for needles to be applied. It did take a bit of coaxing the 1st time, but at the next visit he settled easily, and by the 3rd visit he went & laid in his bed as soon as Dr. Ariaza arrived. He loved the treatment and the results were undeniable. He was back to jumping up after a long naps on a hard floor (instead of struggling), and racing the house like he was a wee pup again. Because of success stories like Buddy's, acupuncture for pets is gaining in
popularity. If you've been a bit curious yourself, here are the basics.
Acupuncture uses fine needles, inserted at specific points on the body, to restore imbalances in the life force (Qi). It is one component in the larger framework of Traditional Chinese Medicine, which emphasizes health of the mind / body. From a Western perspective, acupuncture increases circulation, releases neurotransmitters and neurohormones, relieves muscle spasm, stimulates nerves and stimulates the body's defense systems. Whichever explanation makes sense to you, acupuncture is gaining popularity with medical professionals worldwide.
Research has shown acupuncture can be beneficial in treating numerous conditions including respiratory problems, immune problems, pain, dermatological conditions and more. According to veterinarian Dr.Sara Skiwski of The Western Dragon, "people most often think about musculo-skeletal issues for acupuncture ..., but I also treat skin allergies, internal medicine problems like kidney failure, liver problems, and cancer." Truly, if your pet has any sort of condition, it couldn't hurt to consult with a veterinary acupuncturist to see if it could be beneficial.
So what kind of critters can get acupuncture? These days, darn near any pet can be treated.
Posts made after 2/1/2013 written by Kelly. Most older articles written by Cathy. She accepts sole responsibility for typos and bad grammarisms.