While traditional methods of treatment have their intended purposes, there are many integrative medicines that can help manage symptoms of various conditions and in the long run during recovery after surgery or trauma. Here, our Crystal Lake vets talk about the use and benefits of acupuncture for dogs and how safe it is for your furry friend.
What is acupuncture for dogs?
Similar to humans, acupuncture for pets is a form of alternative medicine intended to help treat and manage the symptoms of several illnesses and disorders. These techniques are performed by a veterinarian trained in Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine (TCVM).
TCVM, which can also include the use of other therapies, is often combined with conventional medical care, resulting in a more inclusive approach to healing. As a treatment, acupuncture is beneficial at all stages of life (from puppies and kittens to adult and senior pets) and for a range of conditions. It is considered a safe and effective therapy that can provide long-lasting relief from pain or discomfort.
Is dog acupuncture safe?
Acupuncture has been used successfully on a variety of different animal species, including cats, dogs, rabbits, and horses.
Because acupuncture needles are so small, most dogs do not require pain treatment or sedation to endure an acupuncture session.
How many sessions of acupuncture for dogs are needed?
Since every dog is unique and has distinct reasons for seeking acupuncture therapy, the number of sessions required to treat your dog will vary greatly. Contact a veterinarian who offers acupuncture services and they can give you an estimate of how many sessions will benefit your dog. Keep in mind that this may change as the treatment progresses.
The Benefits of Acupuncture For Dogs
Here is a list of reasons why acupuncture can help your dog.
Pain Management & Relief
Acupuncture has been demonstrated to trigger the body's pain-relieving endorphins and anti-inflammatory chemicals, which can aid in the relief of chronic pain. Strong medical treatments, such as chemotherapy, which can be painful, are frequently combined with acupuncture to help make a pet more comfortable. This therapy can also help with chronic inflammatory disorders like arthritis.
Improved Digestive Function
Acupuncture may aid in the normalization of digestive activity by stimulating digestive secretions and increasing blood flow to the body. Acupuncture's enhanced blood flow can help with gastrointestinal issues like diarrhea, irritable bowel syndrome, and nausea.
Improved Respiratory Function
Acupuncture can benefit pets suffering from respiratory issues, such as asthma and allergies. Acupuncture has been demonstrated to offer relaxing and immune-system calming characteristics, as well as the ability to treat animals with breathing problems. Acupuncture's immune-calming and anti-inflammatory properties assist dogs as well.
Boost the Healing Process
Inserting needles at pre-determined places is thought to boost blood flow, which is essential for healing and can actually speed up the process. It also stimulates your pet's natural waste disposal mechanism, which assists in the removal of all poisons and waste from their body.
Help Clear Up Skin Conditions
Acupuncture is a popular treatment for dogs who have skin issues like allergic dermatitis, granulomas, or hot spots. The increased circulation can promote healing.
Can Help With Musculoskeletal Issues
Acupuncture can help with musculoskeletal issues like arthritis, hip dysplasia, and nerve damage. It is frequently used during injury rehabilitation.
Note: The advice provided in this post is intended for informational purposes only and CASE Hospital is not currently accepting new patients for integrative medicine, including acupuncture.