Are you aware that dogs (and cats) can benefit from acupuncture treatment? The practice is a traditional Chinese veterinary medicine (TCVM) discipline that is just one of the tools we veterinarians can use to help improve our patients’ health.
I primarily use acupuncture to help reduce the pain pets experience as a result of being affected by osteoarthritis, intervertebral disc disease (IVDD), trauma (surgical, other), cancer, and more. Yet, any condition could potentially benefit from acupuncture treatment.
Besides needles, some patients get:
Electrostimulation (bolded)- electric current run between two acupuncture points, which can help quell back pain caused by IVDD and muscle spasming
Moxibustion (bolded)- heat applied to acupuncture points via a cigar-like heating source, which helps bring warmth to achy, arthritis-affected joints
Aquapuncture (bolded)- liquid (Vitamin B12, Polysulfated Glycosaminoglycan, other) injected into acupuncture points, which stimulates the area for longer than what needle treatment can solely provide.
Laser (bolded)- Low to mid-class laser treatment applied to acupuncture points to stimulate like mechanical (hand/finger, other) or needles
I incorporate all the above for my patients, yet the treatment is tailored specifically to the patient’s needs and changes at each session pending the patient’s prior response and current needs.
I always recommend that owners seek acupuncture from an experienced veterinary having a CVA (Certified Veterinary Acupuncturist) degree from an accredited program. As we veterinarians are trained specifically in animal diseases, we can best understand the integration of a pet’s diagnosis and the needs for treatment from the TCVM perspective.
I recently had the opportunity to contribute to an article about veterinary acupuncture for PetCoach author Paula Fitzsimmons. Learn more by clicking on 5 Ways Acupuncture Can Help Dogs and please share it with your fellow pet aficionados. Feel free to contribute your perspective in the Comments section.
Dr. Patrick Mahaney
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