While traditional methods of veterinary care will always be the standard, many different integrative therapies can offer additional benefits to your pet's care. Here, our Los Angeles vets discuss acupuncture for dogs, and what the benefits are of adding this therapy to your pup's treatment plan.
What is acupuncture for dogs?
Acupuncture is a special type of treatment that can be used on its own or in conjunction with other treatments to help manage your pet's symptoms and treat their condition. These techniques are performed by a veterinarian trained in Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine (TCVM).
TCVM, which can also include the use of other therapies, is often combined with conventional medical care, resulting in a more inclusive approach to healing. As a treatment, acupuncture is beneficial at all stages of life (from puppies and kittens to adult and senior pets) and for a range of conditions. It is considered a safe and effective therapy that can provide long-lasting relief from pain or discomfort.
Is it safe for my dog to have acupuncture?
Acupuncture has been used successfully on a variety of different animal species, including cats, dogs, rabbits, and horses.
Because acupuncture needles are so small, most dogs do not require pain treatment or sedation to endure an acupuncture session.
How long does it take dog acupuncture to show results?
Since every dog is unique and has distinct reasons for seeking acupuncture therapy, the number of sessions required to treat your dog will vary greatly. Contact a veterinarian who offers acupuncture services and they can give you an estimate of how many sessions will benefit your dog. Keep in mind that this may change as the treatment progresses.
What are the benefits of acupuncture for dogs?
Here are some of the known benefits of using acupuncture as a form of treatment for your dog:
Manage Chronic Pain
Acupuncture has been demonstrated to trigger the body's pain-relieving endorphins and anti-inflammatory chemicals, which can aid in the relief of chronic pain. Strong medical treatments, such as chemotherapy, which can be painful, are frequently combined with acupuncture to help make a pet more comfortable. This therapy can also help with chronic inflammatory disorders like arthritis.
Stimulate Digestive Function
Acupuncture may aid in the normalization of digestive activity by stimulating digestive secretions and increasing blood flow to the body. Acupuncture's enhanced blood flow can help with gastrointestinal issues like diarrhea, irritable bowel syndrome, and nausea.
Relieve Symptoms of Respiratory Conditions
Acupuncture can benefit pets suffering from respiratory issues, such as asthma and allergies. Acupuncture has been demonstrated to offer relaxing and immune-system calming characteristics, as well as the ability to treat animals with breathing problems. Acupuncture's immune-calming and anti-inflammatory properties assist dogs as well.
Improve Healing Abilities
Inserting needles at pre-determined places is thought to boost blood flow, which is essential for healing and can speed up the process. It also stimulates your pet's natural waste disposal mechanism, which assists in the removal of all poisons and waste from their body.
Promote Healthy Skin
Acupuncture is a popular treatment for dogs who have skin issues like allergic dermatitis, granulomas, or hot spots. The increased circulation can promote healing.
Aid With Rehabilitation & Musculoskeletal Issues
Acupuncture can help with musculoskeletal issues like arthritis, hip dysplasia, and nerve damage. It is frequently used during injury rehabilitation.
Note: The advice provided in this post is intended for informational purposes and does not constitute medical advice regarding pets. For an accurate diagnosis of your pet's condition, please make an appointment with your vet.