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Acupuncture for Dogs

by PetFirst Pet Insurance
4 years ago


Acupuncture is a therapeutic process during which a veterinarian inserts fine needles into the pet’s body to alleviate pain, and manage chronic ailments. Each acupuncture point has specific actions when stimulated. Acupuncture began more than 7,000 years ago in India, as well as China in the Stone Age.

A dog getting ready to undergo acupuncture therapy

Is Acupuncture for Dogs Painful?
While acupuncture can be uncomfortable to some small animals, the fine needles being inserted into the skin is nearly painless. In fact, most animals find the experience relaxing, and some can even become sleepy. With all treatments there are mild risks including tingling, cramps or numbness.

Conditions Acupuncture Can Manage or Alleviate for Dogs

  • Allergies
  • Arthritis
  • Cardiovascular Disorders
  • Chronic Respiratory Disorders (asthma)
  • Disc Problems
  • Gastrointestinal Issues (vomiting and diarrhea)
  • Hearing Loss
  • Incontinence
  • Inflammation
  • Musculoskeletal Disorders
  • Neurological Disorders
  • Orthopedic Pain
  • Paralysis
  • Reproductive Complications
  • Skin Diseases
  • Surgical Pain

How to Choose an Acupuncturist for Your Dog
When searching for a veterinary acupuncturist, you’ll want to make sure they satisfy the following two criteria:

  1. Must be a licensed veterinarian
  2. Formal training in the practice of veterinary acupuncture

In most states, veterinary acupuncture is considered a surgical procedure and only licensed veterinarians may legally administer to animals. A veterinarian trained in acupuncture is best suited to diagnose your dog’s health issue and determine whether the pet would benefit from an acupuncture treatment, or whether its problem requires chemical, surgical or no intervention.

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