Acupuncture for Dogs

August 11, 2010 by Kelley  
Filed under Dog Health

Does your dog suffer from pain? Does he/she have difficulty moving? Acupuncture may be the answer!

Acupuncture was first recorded as being used on an elephant over 3,500 years ago. According to the story, the elephant had a stomach disorder similar to bloating. Since then acupuncture has been used to treat a variety of animal health problems including:

  • Hip & Elbow Dysplasia
  • Internal Medicine
  • Movement Disorders
  • Neurological Disorders
  • Pain Management
  • Stress/Anxiety
  • Arthritis
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Allergies
  • Asthma
  • Low Energy
  • Spinal Cord Injuries
  • Shoulder & Elbow Injuries
  • Ligament and Tendon Injuries
  • Recovery from Fractures
  • Neurological Disorders
  • Degenerative Myelopathy
  • Muscle Strains
  • Off Season Agility Conditioning
  • Low Back Pain and so much more!

Acupuncture is a time-tested clinically-effective holistic solution to combat your dog’s stresses and health problems. The process is gentle, yet highly effective. Plus it’s a cost-effective means to regain and maintain the health of your pet.

The average acupuncture session lasts anywhere between fifteen seconds and thirty minutes, with the average being around twelve minutes. In addition to the acupuncture, your dog will likely receive herbs to help with his/her condition. Depending on the dog you can see improvements in as little as just one session, although six to twelve sessions are common. Acupuncture has a cumulative effect. Over time, the treatments build upon each other giving better results with each successive treatment.

During the treatment, you may notice your dog panting or being more attentive immediately after acupuncture needles are inserted. Then he/she relaxes once the effects start. Many dogs become so relaxed during their treatment, they will take a nap. Acupuncture improves blood and lymphatic (immune system) circulation, reduces painful muscle spasms, and causes a release of the body’s natural pain-relievers (endorphins) which make your dog feel better. All of this helps the body to more efficiently perform the tasks needed for maintenance and repair, instead of being in a state of anxiety and pain.

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