How Acupuncture for dogs can relieve symptoms and pain

How Acupuncture for dogs can relieve symptoms and pain

What is Acupuncture?  Acupuncture is an alternative form of medicine in which very thin needles are inserted into areas of the body. It has been practiced for thousands of years and has very few, if any, side effects.

How does Acupuncture work?  Acupuncture works by stimulating the body’s own healing mechanisms. Treatments have a cumulative effect on chronic pain management, so the more sessions that are carried out, the stronger and longer the effect of the acupuncture will be. The reason for this is the effect of acupuncture on the central nervous system. It leads to the release of enkephalins and endorphins which are the body’s natural pain killers.

Who should carry out Acupuncture? Acupuncture should only be carried out by a specially trained veterinary surgeon who has carried out specialist veterinary acupuncture training.

What conditions can Acupuncture treat?Dogs suffer from a number of conditions that can benefit from a combination of traditional medicine and the use of acupuncture too. Some of the most common are;

  • Arthritis: Pain and loss of mobility from joint disease can often be treated and relieved using acupuncture. Acupuncture is a viable alternative to pain killers and steroids.
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease: Dogs who have a bulging disc, spinal arthritis or a pinched nerve may experience relief from acupuncture. It can also be beneficial after disc surgery to help with the healing process and to help mobility.
  • Hormonal Conditions: Dogs who suffer from hormonal conditions like Cushing's syndrome, hypothyroidism or Addison's disease may find relief through acupuncture. It is also considered beneficial for dogs who suffer from diabetes too.
  • Injury or Trauma: Dogs who have been bitten, hit by a car, broken a bone or experienced other trauma that caused pain and inflammation may benefit from acupuncture.
  • Cancer side effects: Acupuncture is often used to help improve energy and reduce pain, nausea and loss of appetite associated with cancer or cancer treatments.
  • Skin conditions: If your dog is being treated for a skin condition, acupuncture may be used as a complementary treatment.
  • Stomach and Digestive Problems: Acupuncture may help dogs suffering from stomach problems or persistent diarrhoea.

**Please note that acupuncture should not replace traditional veterinary medicine but in most cases can be used effectively  alongside it.

From August onwards holistic vet, Katja Londa of Pets Relaxed will be holding consultations which will include acupuncture at Dragonfly. For more information, availability and dates please keep an eye on our Facebook and Instagram pages or contact Katja directly.

Laura, Dolly and Reggie xxx