Thursday, August 30, 2012

Acupuncture: The Integrated Veterinary Approach for Adventure Driven Mutts

You might consider it a special treat to go get a massage for yourself but, as more and more research suggests, massage coupled with acupuncture is a great method for dealing with illnesses, medical conditions, pain and stress in people.  A growing number of veterinarians are bringing the healing powers of massage and acupuncture to dogs and other animals too. While you might give your dog a morning and evening massage, its best to leave the needle work to the doctor!

Integrated Doggy Vets

New York Magazine reports Leilani Alvarez’s use of acupuncture at the Upper East Side’s Animal Medical Center. Alvarez explains the benefits of this ancient Chinese technique: “Acupuncture helps the body heal itself by releasing natural painkillers and anti-inflammatories. It also sends out neurotransmitters, hormones, and other cellular mediators, which improve circulation and immune functions.” Alvarez is just the latest in a growing field of integrating veterinary practices.

Medical Uses

For senior dogs specifically experiencing health problems from chronic pain, arthritic issues, gastrointestinal trouble and difficulty walking, acupuncture can provide an all-natural healing option when Western medicines have proven incapable or have lost their effectiveness. The medical benefits of using acupuncture on humans continues to expand and as more veterinarians receive acupuncture training the results for dogs can keep developing. The science behind acupuncture continues to unfold even as some Western researches doubt its Eastern philosophy. Yet, both humans and dogs are getting better through this holistic approach.

Working With The Right Vet

What is most important when experimenting with acupuncture is finding the right veterinarian. Just like in acupuncture for people, dogs need to be relaxed. If your dog is known to get a little fussy it is advisable to find a veterinarian that will work on calming your dog down before the acupuncture session. If your dog is prone to anxiety when visiting any veterinary hospital, see if they will accommodate your dog’s needs by helping bring your dog directly inside without a long stop in an uncomfortable waiting room. There is nothing worse for rescues than to be surrounded by a mix of breeds that might bring up bad memories of the shelter.

Is Acupuncture For You, Your Dog, or Both?

A lot of us who have already experienced the wonderful holistic benefits of acupuncture are eager to help our dogs when a medical need arises. But for those of you who have never undergone the process yourself, we recommend that you talk it over with your current veterinarian before introducing it to your dog and request a referral to consult with an acupuncture specialist.

If you've ever used acupuncture on your dog or cat let us know about your experience by commenting below.
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Two French Bulldogs said...

we heard that acupunture really works
Benny & Lily

Prudence said...

If needed, we would certainly try acupuncture! Mom's seen how well it's helped her people friends!

Holistic Veterinary Care said...

We happily offer acupuncture and Chinese medicine to pets at our clinic. We witness them get better after conventional Western treatments have not helped. Sometimes both Western care and acupuncture are used, since a multifaceted approach is sometimes required. Dogs and cats both respond very well to acupuncture and herbal therapy. Pet owners have been pleased with the results!

Croton animal hospital said...

Acupuncture for dogs is actually pretty cool and becoming more popular every day.

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Hilary Kimbel said...

I have heard of acupuncture for humans, but never for animals! I wonder if my dog could benefit from something like this. How do you know if a dog needs acupuncture treatments?

Leyo said...

raditional Chinese medicine originated in ancient China and has evolved over thousands of years. TCM practitioners use herbal medicines and various mind and body practices, such as acupuncture to treat or prevent health problems.Acupuncture in sacramento

James Harvon said...

I have been looking into acupuncture for my wife. Her doctor recommend that she give it a try. I can't wait to take her. It should be really good for her back pain.

Caleb Hart said...

To be completely honest, I had no idea that there were people out there that did acupuncture to animals. I've heard a lot of good things about acupuncture for people, and I'm sure that animals can get similar results. How many needles are used during a session? My yellow lab has a lot of pain from arthritis, I wonder if this could help her?

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