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Alternative medicine is growing in popularity, and acupuncture for dogs and cats is on the rise. Acupuncture, a treatment used on horses and even cattle since the early 1900’s, is rising to become a commonplace veterinary treatment for dogs and cats.
What is acupuncture? Merriam-Webster defines acupuncture as:
“An originally Chinese practice of inserting fine needles through the skin at specific points especially to cure disease or relieve pain (as in surgery).”
Acupuncture works by inserting needles into points in the body tissue where blood vessels and nerves cross. These points are commonly referred to as “acupuncture points” and can be beneficial to pets in all stages of life for a variety of conditions.
PetMD lists several ways that acupuncture may be able to help your cat or dog.
In addition to treating a variety of illnesses and symptoms, there are different types of acupuncture besides traditional needle insertion that are used to treat pets.
Licensed veterinarians can take courses for administering safe medical acupuncture to cats and dogs. Be wary: with the rise of popularity and studies that show the effective results of acupuncture, there are those out there who aren’t licensed and attempting to perform this treatment.
“With the rising trend of alternative medicine, many people performing these procedures aren’t properly licensed,” said Ann Urbanic, claims coordinator at PetFirst. “It is imperative to your pet’s health and safety that procedures be performed by a licensed veterinarian.”
Make sure to see your veterinarian and ask if the benefits of acupuncture would be recommended for your pet!