When it comes to our dogs, there's nothing we wouldn't do to stop them from feeling agony or discomfort, which is why new therapeutic approaches are being adopted. Pet acupuncture is an innovative and noninvasive solution to improve rehabilitation and manage pain. Although our hospital does not offer acupuncture treatment, our Boulder County vets would like to discuss the benefits of acupuncture for dogs.
Acupuncture has been utilized for thousands of years in China (where it is thought to have originated) to induce a therapeutic response in the body. Each year, an increasing number of domestic animals receive acupuncture, with excellent results. Because of this, a growing number of dog owners are experimenting with acupuncture.
Curious about how acupuncture can benefit your dog? In this blog post, we'll list several advantages that acupuncture may have.
Is acupuncture safe for my dog?
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 many sessions will my dog need?
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.
How can acupuncture benefit my dog?
Here is a list of reasons why acupuncture can help your dog.
1. Pain Management & Relief
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.
2. Improved 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.
3. Improved Respiratory Function
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.
4. Promotes Healing
Inserting needles at pre-determined places is thought to boost blood flow, which is essential for healing and can actually 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.
5. Can Aid in Skin Problems
Acupuncture is a popular treatment for dogs who have skin issues like allergic dermatitis, granulomas, or hot spots. The increased circulation can promote healing.
Bonus: Can Help With 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 only and Lafayette Companion Animal Hospital does not provide acupuncture treatment.