Acupuncture can be successful in treating Canine Joint Disease
Arthritis and hip dysplasia are some of the most widespread conditions that adversely
affect our old dogs. It’s a shame to imagine that their twilight days may be spoiled by
pain and trouble getting up and about.
Many dog owners would like to attempt and avoid using potentially toxic pain
medication to assist their rigid and aching old dogs. Instead, they prefer to look for
natural alternatives to manage their discomfort.
Acupuncture has been found to be particularly effective in treating arthritis in older dogs,
either on its own or in combination with further natural treatments such as Joint
Pins and Needles:
Acupuncture is a form of traditional Chinese medicine, and practitioners consider that the
body’s vital energy, or Qi force, flows throughout the body in channels. If these channels
become blocked, symptoms of ailment occur. Stimulating specific points in the body
unblocks the channels, allowing the energy to stream freely again.
There are many ways to stimulate these acupuncture points. The one most people are
familiar with is the acupuncture needle, which is inserted into the skin. However, an
acupuncturist may also use acupressure or laser energy.
How does acupuncture work?
There are quite a few theories. Several followers suppose that the needles aid liberate
endorphins and other hormones, and others consider that they alleviate muscle spasms.
The needles may also cause little areas of swelling in the area, which encourages the
body’s healing response.
The true benefit of acupuncture is that in the hands of a qualified veterinarian, there are
no unpleasant effects; it’s fairly safe and won’t do your dog any harm.
To work out where he wants to place the acupuncture needles, your veterinarian will need
to make a Chinese medical diagnosis, which is quite different to the usual western
medicine diagnosis. He will ask questions such as if your pet prefers hot o