posted byLindsey Wendt08/06/2022
Acupuncture is one of the oldest medical treatments in the world, and has been used to treat animals for just as long as it has been utilized in humans!
Acupuncture has been shown to be very effective at treating pain in both cats and dogs, while it can also help with almost any other health condition as well! Who knew being a pincushion could be so rewarding?! How rewarding, you ask? Well, there are a few things to know about acupuncture for dogs and cats.
Acupuncture is already well known for its benefits in humans. We’ve all heard about it; we’ve all seen it on TV and in movies! But did you know it can also help your cats and dogs?
Dog acupuncture? Yup! I mean, it’s not that crazy of a concept if you break down what acupuncture is:
Acupuncture already has a growing number of advocates who claim it can help treat many different conditions in humans, including chronic pain and depression.
But proof is in the pudding, right? Well, there is growing research to support that acupuncture is just as effective in animals as it has shown to be in human medicine.
In fact, one recent study showed that cats who received laser acupuncture prior to an ovariohysterectomy (spay) surgery had significantly less pain postoperatively compared to animals that didn't receive the treatment.
To get specific, only 10% of the cats that received laser acupuncture needed pain medication after surgery; whereas in the group that did not receive laser acupuncture, 50% of them required pain medication after the procedure.
Acupuncture is a safe, effective way to help your pet feel better. Acupuncture can be used to provide health benefits, comfort, and relief for various conditions in pets like:
Acupuncture can also offer overall health benefits for your dog or cat—and you! You’ll be amazed at how much more energy and vitality your furry friend has when they get acupuncture treatments.
It can! Did you know that arthritis is the #1 cause of chronic pain in dogs? And although it isn't as frequently diagnosed in cats, 90% of cats over the age of 10 are suspected to be affected by osteoarthritis, making it the most common chronic disease cats face as well.
Acupuncture is a great way to manage pain and mobility issues. It can help increase blood flow to areas of injury, decrease pain and allow faster and more comfortable recovery when used in the management of acute injuries.
Acute injuries in dogs and cats turn into chronic issues when not managed properly- in many cases, conventional (aka Western) medicine doesn't offer an option to prevent this complication from occurring, but acupuncture and other holistic modalities help to encourage the body to heal and return to its previous state of health.
Needles are definitely the first thing that would pop up in anyone’s mind when thinking of acupuncture for dogs and cats.
Many animals respond quickly to treatment with acupuncture and enjoy a range of benefits after receiving this type of care from their veterinarian.
There are also different types of acupuncture depending on the patient and the goals of treatment. It’s not just needles anymore, we’ve gone high-tech!
Acupuncture, when performed by trained veterinary professionals, is a safe and effective way to help manage anxiety disorders in pets.
In Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine (TCVM), anxiety is considered a shen disturbance, meaning that by restoring the shen/mind to its rightful home in the heart you can help to alleviate or resolve anxiety, insomnia and other side effects that are present.
There are many ways that acupuncture can help your dog or cat relax, including:
Acupuncture increases blood flow to the tissues of the body. This is important because dogs and cats have a healthier immune system when there’s more oxygen and nutrients present to support the cells involved in identifying and combating disease.
Acupuncture also helps to encourage waste products to be removed from the body, many of which are stored in the lymphatic system which is intimately involved with immune system surveillance. They’re practically best friends!
This is another way it can boost your immune system—by allowing the body to clean itself up and get rid of harmful toxins that may be causing an illness or infection.
Acupuncture can be very beneficial as a supplement to the treatment of cancer as well as disorders of the immune system like skin allergies and autoimmune disease.
Acupuncture can be very helpful in managing kidney disease by increasing the flow of Qi to the kidneys.
It can encourage the body to remove waste products from the blood, which may be a problem for animals with kidney problems such as acute renal failure or chronic renal insufficiency.
In many cases, dogs and cats will show improvement in their kidney levels over time with regularly administered acupuncture treatment.
Other diseases that can be improved with acupuncture treatment are:
While acupuncture is beneficial for the treatment of disease, it is equally as effective when used in the prevention of many of the diseases that affect dogs and cats.
Certain conditions are more prevalent in certain breeds, so by instituting acupuncture and holistic therapy plans early on in life we can help to create and support optimum health for our pets, and in some cases can prevent certain organ systems from having dysfunction that they would otherwise experience.
We certainly threw a lot at you about acupuncture for dogs and cats so just remember:
Acupuncture is a great way to maintain your pet’s health and wellness. If you are unsure about trying this alternative treatment, talk to your vet or find a certified acupuncturist in your area.
Remember that there are many different types of acupuncture, so make sure you get the right one for your pets’ needs!
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