Acupuncture for Dogs: Acupuncture Is Not Voodoo

Have you ever heard about acupuncture for dogs?

While our modern world is gingerly re-discovering this traditional Chinese therapeutic technique, it’s origins might date as far as the Stone Age. Even though throughout modern history acupuncture had many opponents, it held its own and it seems to be slowly gaining ground.

Acupuncture can be effective for the treatment of:

  • degenerative joint disease
  • arthritis
  • IVDD
  • traumatic nerve injuries
  • allergic skin condition
  • endocrine disorders
  • immune disorders
  • inflammatory disorders
  • seizures

Source: Mercola Healthy Pets

Acupuncture for Dogs: Acupuncture Is Not Voodoo

What is acupuncture?

Acupuncture is a technique that uses small needles to stimulate special points on your dog’s body in order to encourage healing and relieve pain. Acupuncture points correspond with specific internal organ systems and regulate energy and blood flow throughout your dog’s body.

The method of stimulating these points is shared among a number of other therapeutic techniques such as acupressure and laser acupuncture treatment.

Acupuncture for dogs?

There certainly is evidence that acupuncture can be beneficial for a number of conditions in dogs. One of my friends has an arthritic dog who cannot tolerate NSAIDs. The dog is responding to the acupuncture treatment very well and it is safe to say that the results are more than comparable.

Dogs with arthritis and hip dysplasia can find relief through acupuncture treatment. Acupuncture can be used to treat musculoskeletal disorders, immune-mediated disorders, cardiovascular and respiratory disorders, neurological disorders and more.

Unlike NSAIDs or other drugs, acupuncture is very safe when performed by a qualified professional.

We used stem cell regenerative therapy for Jasmine’s arthritis and we swear by this treatment. However, we were doing acupressure as part of her post-operative treatment and  Jasmine is getting herbal and acupuncture treatment for her digestive problems.

A safer alternative to drugs

While drugs are an easy and convenient form of treatment, they can often cause more problems than they solve. We certainly had some very bad experiences with drugs. Today my philosophy is to look at everything else first before considering drugs.

Before reaching for medication do your research and talk to your veterinarian about alternatives. Get a consultation with a holistic or Traditional Chinese Medicine veterinarian. There are many conditions that can benefit from non-drug alternative treatments, such as acupuncture, which is safer and often even cheaper.

Over the years, we took advantage of this treatment over and over again for various conditions. It is one of the first things I consider when deciding on a treatment for my dog.

Related articles:
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Further reading:
Acupuncture May Be a Total Godsend for Your Suffering Pet

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Jana Rade

I am a graphic designer, dog health advocate, writer, and author. Jasmine, the Rottweiler of my life, was the largest female from her litter. We thought we were getting a healthy dog. Getting a puppy from a backyard breeder was our first mistake. Countless veterinary visits without a diagnosis or useful treatment later, I realized that I had to take Jasmine's health care in my own hands. I learned the hard way that merely seeing a vet is not always enough. There is more to finding a good vet than finding the closest clinic down the street. And, sadly, there is more to advocating for your dog's health than visiting a veterinarian. It should be enough, but it often is not. With Jasmine, it took five years to get a diagnosis. Unfortunately, other problems had snowballed for that in the meantime. Jasmine's health challenges became a crash course in understanding dog health issues and how to go about getting a proper diagnosis and treatment. I had to learn, and I had to learn fast. Helping others through my challenges and experience has become my mission and Jasmine's legacy. I now try to help people how to recognize and understand signs of illness in their dogs, how to work with their veterinarian, and when to seek a second opinion. My goal is to save others the steep curve of having to learn things the hard way as I did. That is the mission behind my blog and behind my writing. That is why I wrote Symptoms to Watch for in Your Dog, which has turned out being an award-winning guide to dog owners. What I'm trying to share encompasses 20 years of experience.

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