Reduce pain

Spinal cord conditions

Degenerative joint disease

Joint inflammation (Hip dysplasia)

Acupuncture has been used on horses in ancient China.  It is based on the philosophy that illness is caused by an imbalance of vital energies in the body.  As an aspect of Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine, it focuses on restoring the energy balance in the body and promoting healing.  In modern time, it has been used increasingly on pets, including dogs.

It is the stimulation of specific points on the body.  It aims to alter various biochemical and physiological conditions in order to achieve a healing effect.  It is not always a cure for all, but it works well when used alone or in combination with other traditional veterinary treatment or rehabilitation.  It is best considered as collaborative and holistic for your pet.

Improved blood flow increases oxygenation of tissues.  It also reduces the amount of waste products produced and increases the amount of metabolic waste the body can remove, so there is a systemic benefit.

The needle insertion relaxes muscles at the location and elsewhere in the body, so it relieves pain both locally and generally.  By stimulating the release of naturally occurring pain relieving and anti-inflammatory substances, acupuncture may decrease the amount of pain medications needed to treat these dogs.

As with most medical practices, a combination of treatments often provides the best results. Fortunately, acupuncture and medical therapy can be safely used together, which is beneficial when neither method can provide the desired response alone.

The effects of acupuncture treatment are cumulative so there is a benefit to repeated sessions, but the goal is to achieve the greatest degree of improvement and maintain that level with the fewest treatments necessary. There are few side effects with acupuncture, but some dogs may be sore or stiff following a treatment session, while other patients appear tired. These symptoms usually resolve within 24-48 hours.