Acupuncture is used in some veterinary clinics to treat dogs, especially their osteoarthritis problems and allergies Acupuncture is used in some veterinary clinics to treat dogs, especially their osteoarthritis problems and allergies
Acupuncture techniques are not exclusive to people, as they are currently applied in some veterinary clinics. Traditional Chinese medicine that uses the insertion of needles at key points in the body is also used to treat some ailments in dogs, such as arthritis, certain allergies, and even dermatological problems.
Traditional Chinese medicine has crept into some veterinary clinics through acupuncture, an ancient technique that tries to cure certain ailments with the use of small needles, inserted into specific points of the body.» Acupuncture for dogs is not alternative medicine, but therapeutic and is recognized by both the medical and veterinary colleges. In fact, it is admitted by both colleges as a very effective therapy in the treatment of pain”, explains Miguel Ibáñez, veterinarian and professor at the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine at the Complutense University of Madrid. In fact, in several veterinary schools, acupuncture is taught as postgraduate training, concludes the university professor.
Acupuncture cures certain ailments in dogs with the use of tiny needles.
This treatment is no longer exclusive to people. Some veterinarians have succumbed to the benefits of this Chinese medicine and apply it to cure certain ailments in dogs.
Among the most commonly treated conditions in dogs is pet joint wear and tear (arthritis). Chinese needles are also used in some dogs with allergies, and even when it is intended to cure certain diseases of the dog’s skin.
Acupuncture session for the dog, how does it work?
As with people, it is important that the dog feels calm when facing a canine acupuncture session. The needles inserted by the veterinarian remain in the body of the pet, on average, about twenty minutes. This explains how important it is to make sure the dog is relaxed before facing a canine Chinese medicine consultation.
“Acupuncture points in dogs, as in humans, are specific areas that have a high concentration of nerve endings. Introducing the needles into these regions of the dog’s body involves applying pressure that stimulates these sensitive areas,” explains Torlone.
Chinese needles to treat dog arthritis
Veterinary acupuncture is used to treat a variety of ailments in dogs. One of the conditions that most frequently cause consultation in canine acupuncturists is arthritis.
In these cases, medicinal needles are used to combat the painful inflammation of the dog’s joints. Acupuncture, claim its advocates, also prevents premature canine degeneration processes that lead to accelerated aging of our pet.
Acupuncture against dog allergies
Allergic reactions are another of the most common reasons for consulting the veterinarian. Allergies are also more frequent in dogs than in cats and it is difficult to detect their origin.
Chinese needles are used to treat arthritis in the dog
This explains why not a few pet owners resort to acupuncture to try to cure allergic reactions or skin problems in the dog, at least to minimize them.
In this case, Chinese needles are inserted into the areas of the dog’s body related to its immune system: the pressure they exert often prompts the defense mechanisms of our pet’s body to be activated and, therefore, the dog is less defenseless when confronted with foods, plants or other substances responsible for triggering the allergic reaction in the dog.
Remember that some veterinarians have succumbed to the benefits of acupuncture and apply it to cure certain ailments in dogs.
Arthritis is one of the pathologies that are most frequently treated in dogs with Chinese needles.
Acupuncture is used in some allergic dogs, and even to cure certain skin diseases.
As with people, the dog must be calm when facing a canine acupuncture session.
The needles that the veterinarian inserts into the dog remain in the body of your pet, on average, for about twenty minutes.
Consult your veterinarian, who will recommend the most appropriate in each case.