Acupuncture May Help Your Dog

October 8, 2015 at 2:00 PM by Nikki Wardle

Holistic Pet Care

Did you know that your veterinarian can help your dog gain relief from pain using the ancient technique of acupuncture? Men and women have been enjoying the benefits of acupuncture treatments for centuries, and now, at pet wellness clinics like Intermountain Pet Hospital, your dog can benefit as well.

Acupuncture Defined

As you may already now, acupuncture was first developed by the ancient Chinese. It is based upon the philosophy that the underlying cause of illness and pain is a vital energy imbalance. Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine seeks to restore that imbalance.

Acupuncture uses hair-thin needles that are inserted under the skin at specific acupuncture points (energy channels), to enhance blood flows and release anti-inflammatory substances to improve healing and reduce pain.

How Can Acupuncture Help My Dog?

Your dog's body already has naturally occurring substances that help reduce inflammation and relieve pain. Acupuncture relaxes the muscles both at the needle insertion site and throughout the body so that these substances can be released. These natural pain relievers may reduce the need for additional pain medications.

One of the real benefits of acupuncture is that there are no systemic side effects. Dogs that are in poor health or may be negatively affected by pain medications may be especially good candidates for acupuncture treatments.

Can Acupuncture Relieve My Dog's Arthritis Pain?

Yes, acupuncture is often chosen to relieve both joint inflammation and arthritis pain in dogs. Conditions that may be helped by acupuncture are varied, and may include:

  • Arthritis
  • Joint inflammation
  • Pain and loss of movement associated with hip dysplasia or other degenerative joint diseases
  • Chronic back pain
  • Spinal cord conditions
  • Lick granulomas

Additionally, acupuncture may help relieve the nausea and other symptoms that typically occur when dogs are being treated for cancer, diabetes, and kidney and liver diseases, among others.

If you would like your dog to be evaluated for possible acupuncture treatment, contact our caring staff to schedule an appointment.

Topics: Holistic Vererinarians, Pet Wellness Clinic

Nikki Wardle

Written by Nikki Wardle

Nikki has been writing for Intermountain Pet Hospital since 2014.