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Should You Use Acupuncture?

Canine Acupuncture
Published on: January 18, 2018

Should You Use Acupuncture? Pet guardians love happy, healthy and active companions. Because chronic illness and injuries can develop over a lifetime, a veterinarian should be the first stop if you notice changes in activity levels or comfort. Ask your vet if alternative treatments like acupuncture should be part of the plan for your pet.

Acupuncture is a treatment that’s been used for many years. It continues to increase in popularity. The treatment is most often used for either pain management, arthritis and hip dysplasia, skin problems or respiratory issues. Digestive distress may also be relieved with the use of acupuncture.

Properly performed acupuncture has few side effects, and often an alternative treatment can used along with more traditional medicine. This promotes healing and comfort for the pet. As a result, acupuncture may reduce the amount of pain medication needed.

Does acupuncture hurt?

The insertion of dry acupuncture needles in dogs and cats is painless. Like humans, it is believed some pets may experience some tingling, cramps or numbness after Should You Use Acupuncture?the needles are inserted. Therefore, a little discomfort could occur. Companions may relax to the point of falling asleep during treatment! (Photo courtesy of Rhona-Mae Arca)

Needles can also have electrodes attached to them. As a result, the electricity helps stimulate nerves to promote greater healing. Consider a gradual introduction of electricity if you plan to use this method with your dog or cat.

Most of all, the simple rule is if your companion resists treatment, don’t push it!

Number of treatments

The severity of the illness or injury determines the number of treatments needed. A simple problem like a sprain may only need one treatment. Consequently, more complex problems may need several treatments because it takes time to stimulate the body to heal itself.

Eight is an average number for treatments. Cost varies by region in the country. An average charge is $50 to $75 per hour.

Referrals

In conclusion, you should look for a certified veterinary acupuncturist. The individual should be a licensed veterinarian. You want to find someone you can trust to take care of your dog or cat. Ask your regular veterinarian for recommendations. They may know someone who can help.