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3570 E. Lincoln Hwy
Merrillville, IN 46410

Acupuncture in Dogs

January 15 2021

Did you know that well over half of senior dogs suffer from some form of arthritis? Unfortunately, this painful affliction cannot be cured. However, there are treatments available that can make Fido feel better, improve his range of motion, and help give him a good quality of life. Acupuncture is one that is extremely beneficial. A Crown Point, IN vet discusses acupuncture for dogs in this article.


B  asics

Acupuncture has been used in humans for thousands of years. The practice is based on the theory that energy flows through the body through conduits, similarly to how electricity is directed through buildings via wires. As you may know, with acupuncture, tiny needles are inserted at specific points in the body. In Eastern medicine, this is thought to redirect energy. Modern medicine offers a slightly different take: the spots where the needles are inserted are nerve centers. This stimulates the release of the body’s natural hormones. This in turn reduces pain, accelerates healing, improves circulation, helps flush toxins out of the body, and increases range of motion.


Benefits

Acupuncture offers some wonderful—and unique—benefits. First and foremost, it’s painless. In fact, many pets relax during their treatments! It’s also very low risk, and can be used along with other treatments or medications. There are no drugs required, and your pup won’t need to be sedated. Acupuncture can also be done as often as necessary, often with continually improving results. (We love seeing older pooches becoming more mobile again!) As far as aftercare, we usually suggest a good nap, a treat, and some extra ear scritches.


Uses

In the world of veterinary medicine, acupuncture is used to treat a wide variety of illnesses. As mentioned above, it’s often utilized to help dogs with arthritis. However, it can also be beneficial in treating pets with skin problems, gastrointestinal issues, musculoskeletal problems, pain from neck and/or back issues, and many other issues. That said, acupuncture is not a cure-all for every possible malady that our furry friends could face. Acupuncture—like any other treatment—really should only be offered on a case-by-case basis, after a diagnosis has been made. If you think that your canine pal may benefit from acupuncture, ask your vet for more information.


Please do not hesitate to reach out if ever we can be of assistance. As your local Crown Point, IN veterinary clinic, we are always here to help!

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