Acupuncture for Dogs: Does It Work?
Meet Daisy: a recent adoptee that receives a treatment uncommon for dogs.
Daisy has two interesting stories about her: First, she was a shelter dog who was lucky enough to meet John. John came to the shelter looking for a nice dog and when he saw "Daisy the Wonder Dog" a true love bond was born.
John adopted her on the spot. This was a good thing for Daisy as she was one of the dogs, due to her age, that could have been a candidate for euthanasia.
The other interesting thing about Daisy is that she receives acupuncture. When John adopted her, he noticed that she suffered from severely itchy skin, hot spots and redness.
After looking at different ways to relieve her discomfort, John decided that acupuncture would be the best choice. He didn't want to put her on Prednisone for the rest of her life with no guarantee of any relief. He also didn't want her to experience the side effects of the drug, which can include:
- Increased thirst and urination
- Increased hunger
- Panting and general loss of energy
- Worsening of infection and skin irritation
John found that acupuncture, although not the "cure-all" does get rid of Daisy's itchiness as well as some of the hot spots and redness. She gets routine sessions and will set up a special time to be seen if she has flare ups from the environment of food triggers.
So, can acupuncture work for your dog?
Much like the benefits that humans get from it, there are several benefits that acupuncture can do for dogs. They include:
- Pain Management: It gives your pet the ability to fight an illness with comfort.
- If your dog has injured itself or if they suffer from hip dysplasia, arthritis or nerve damage, treatment with acupuncture has been a big relief and has provided a positive response after treatment.
- The increase blood flow that acupuncture provides can help with gastrointestinal problems and help normalize the digestive activity.
- Relief from skin issues. As with Daisy, acupuncture increased the circulation and helped improve healing.
- Asthma and allergies can be relieved through the anti-inflammatory effect with acupuncture
Please note: Before getting this procedure done, make sure you meet with your veterinarian and talk about which procedure will work best for your dog.
Is this going to be expensive? Acupuncture is a relatively inexpensive procedure for dogs. Each visit can last anywhere from 15 minutes to an hour. Sessions can range from $25 to $120. Most pets need about eight sessions, but it does vary from pet to pet.