Hello Paw Fam!
In the realm of mitigating discomfort for our beloved four-legged companions, we’re exploring acupuncture treatment. When conventional remedies fall short in alleviating the suffering induced by conditions like arthritis, an alternative approach might be good: canine acupuncture.
The Mechanism Behind Canine Acupuncture’s Effectiveness
Skeptics may question, but dogs, devoid of skepticism, do exhibit positive responses with enhanced vitality and increased mobility usually manifesting after a treatment course.
Practitioners employ positive reinforcement to facilitate the dog’s reclining position before administering acupuncture points. Preceding the insertion, the canine receives comforting scratches, minimizing surprise and discomfort.
According to practitioners, it feels like a subtle mosquito bite. Most dogs endure the brief session unperturbed, some even drifting into a nap. Instances of reaction assist in pinpointing sensitive areas, contributing valuable insights into the dog’s pain.
Functional Outcomes of Canine Acupuncture
Acupuncture’s petite needles primarily serve two purposes. Firstly, they activate the dog’s nerves and pain fibers, fostering improved communication between body and brain. This neurological manipulation reduces pain perception, allowing the brain to modulate its response.
Additionally, acupuncture induces the release of dopamine and other catecholamines, heightening the dog’s sense of well-being and pain control. Even in cases where neurological stimulation yields no response, the hormonal release contributes to increased energy and improved muscle and joint strength.
It is imperative to emphasize that acupuncture does not substitute proper veterinary care. A consultation with a veterinarian remains the initial step in identifying and addressing pet health issues.
Certified acupuncture vets attest to the applicability of acupuncture in addressing diverse problems such as inflammatory bowel disease, hip dysplasia, kidney disease, intervertebral disc disease (IVDD), arthritis, seizures, and other bodily pains. While not a cure, acupuncture significantly enhances the quality of a dog’s life.
Considerations and Caution
Despite its potential benefits, there are exceptions to the suitability of acupuncture. It is not advised in cases involving spinal cord tumors, where increased blood flow may exacerbate tumor growth. Cautionary measures can be implemented, but careful consideration is essential.
Is Acupuncture the Right Path for Your Dog?
Consultation with a vet is paramount before choosing to go this route. Acupuncture, when considered, should ideally be administered by a vet certified in veterinary acupuncture through bodies like the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society or other recognized body.
See this as a collaboration between your vet and the chosen acupuncturist (unless they’re the same person, which is ideal :), and this may just be the additional therapy you need to manage chronic pain situations for your doggo.
Yours in Paws,
The PawPaw Team