Can I Give My Dog Acupuncture Treatment?

Can I Give My Dog Acupuncture Treatment?Acupuncture is a well-known traditional Chinese medicine but it certainly isn’t popular for dogs. Only in the last century has this method become available outside of Asia. Can this type of treatment benefit pets?

Acupuncture basically involves inserting thin needles at specific points on the body. It’s thought to help relieve all types of pain and even nausea, both of which happen to be common conditions that dogs also experience.

Veterinary acupuncture is growing in popularity. Owners with older canines and those suffering from ailments, for which solutions seem impossible, may want to consider acupuncture. It’s possible this treatment could help. Let’s look into this alternative medicine as an option for your dog.

Can I Give My Dog Acupuncture Treatment? Answer: Yes

If you can find an experienced veterinary professional that knows what they are doing!

This ancient method can relax the muscles of dogs, just like humans, depending on where the needles are inserted. This relieves pain by releasing anti-inflammatory substances in the body. In theory, there will be a local and generalized pain relieving effect on the dog’s body. Finding a specialist qualified to administer canine acupuncture can be difficult.

Vets listed as FAAVA, Fellow of the American Academy of Veterinary Acupuncture, are more well trained than CVAs.

Types of Acupuncture

In general, there are three kinds of acupuncture therapies. The first one is known as primary therapy, in which acupuncture is the sole treatment method. The second type serves as a supportive role alongside modern medicine and/or surgery. Finally, acupuncture can be a backup in case conventional methods fail to effectively treat ailments.

Regardless of the approach for your dog, seek treatment from a vet who is a Certified Veterinary Acupuncturist. Yes, these people exist! After all, these needles cannot be inserted just anywhere. There are specific points for specific ailments.

Rejuvenate Your Dog

Acupuncture can be effective for rejuvenating a dog’s vital organs. It steadily improves the amount and quality of tissue blood flow, oxygen content and removes toxins in the body that lead to diseases which shorten lifespan. Pain relief could be significantly reduced with this technique. Regular acupuncture treatment can help your dog remain active and healthy over the long term.

No Side Effects Whatsoever

Often times, modern allopathic veterinary medicine leads to complications and side effects. Prescription drugs and pain relief medications can cause more harm than good, especially for dogs. Acupuncture, on the other hand, doesn’t cause adverse effects.

Compliment Other Treatments

Acupuncture does not interact with other forms of treatment including modern medicine. This means that you can try acupuncture on your dog while using conventional medicine, without complications. In fact, it’s very useful as an intermediate between modern medicine and surgery. Acupuncture is also compatible with other nontraditional medical practices.

Acupuncture Treatable Conditions

Many conditions like gastrointestinal disorders (gastritis, colitis, megacolon), respiratory problems (rhinitis, sinusitis, chronic coughing), neurological disorders (epilepsy, stroke), musculoskeletal disorders (sprains, muscle spasms), allergies, dermatological disorders and urinary problems can be treated in dogs using acupuncture techniques.

As your dog enters their later years, acupuncture treatment may be just the thing they need depending on their condition. Check with your vet regarding qualified specialists in your area.

It’s Not Painful for Dogs

You may be concerned about pain your dog could experience during the treatment. Ordinarily, the pain or discomfort during acupuncture treatment is virtually nonexistent or very minimal. It’s widely known that this pain is less severe than even a routine vaccination.

When a needle is first inserted, there may be brief discomfort. Once the needles are inside it can be relaxing and your dog won’t feel much, although they may be a bit scared. Owners should stick around for the procedure because a familiar face with help to relax your dog.

Conclusion on Acupuncture

There’s skepticism regarding this ancient method among practitioners of modern medicine. Keep an open mind regarding acupuncture for your dog’s sake. Though many consider it a form of placebo treatment, lots of dogs have actually benefited from acupuncture. It could work if done correctly by an experienced specialized vet.

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Lise March, 2016

My dog has disk problems and my neighbor’s dog has allergies and atopic dermatitis. Where is the best place to put the needles?


Jan February, 2016

My Saint Bernard mix is having issues with her muscles. Her chest was like two large lemons inside, instead of 3 sets of muscles. I tried muscle relaxers which a vet prescribed as well as anti-inflammatories. Those helped yet her muscles are so very tight. She yelps when she gets up from lying on her side. I know acupuncture helped me so I’m taking her to the vet for acupuncture!


Karissa November, 2014

Is it okay to give my Beagle mix acupressure if she is only 1? She is very hyperactive.


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