You’ve probably heard of acupuncture for humans before, but did you know that acupuncture for dogs also exists? When done correctly by a licensed professional, acupuncture can help offer relief for certain areas of the body. The same is also true for our canine companions! Today, we’re exploring what acupuncture is, the benefits of acupuncture for dogs, and more. Let’s dive in!
What is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture involves inserting small needles into certain points on the body, such as your arms, legs, and even parts of the face and head. The needles trigger a healing response in the body. The location of the needles, the size of the needles, how they’re inserted and the duration of the acupuncture session are all important elements for the success of the treatment.
Acupuncture was first used by the Chinese, who believe that illness and poor health is sometimes caused by an imbalance of energies within the body. Acupuncture helps increase blood circulation, and stimulates the nervous system which releases anti-inflammatory properties and helps reduce pain.
What are the Benefits of Acupuncture for Dogs?
There are many benefits of acupuncture. Specifically, acupuncture for dogs can help reduce pain and inflammation for your pet. Let’s explore some of the biggest benefits of acupuncture for your furry family members.
- Acupuncture is often used to treat dogs with arthritis and joint inflammation. This may include dogs with hip issues, or ongoing joint problems due to their age.
- If your dog deals with chronic pain issues, acupuncture may be able to help. Specifically, this is a great option for older dogs who aren’t able to take excessive amounts of medicine or pain relievers.
- Acupuncture can also be a solution for dogs that continuously lick a spot on their body, causing an irritated sore. Used in addition to antibiotics and other applicable medicines, acupuncture may be a great option as well.
It is important to note that only a licensed and trained professional should attempt acupuncture for dogs. Be sure that the practitioner performing the treatment on your pet is qualified and experienced in the practice before using them.
Also, it’s imperative to understand that acupuncture is often a more natural remedy to help lesson pain, but it is not a cure or a solution to a medical issue. Always consult with your veterinarian before using acupuncture on your dog. Also, be sure to make the acupuncturist aware of any health conditions your dog may have.
Have Additional Questions? Let us Know!
At Hometown Vet, we would love to answer any questions you have on this subject. We would be more than happy to offer our medical advice on the topic and let you know your options when it comes to the health of your pet, or in terms of managing their pain.