As an alternative, holistic healing method, acupuncture for dogs is also an option. Special needles are inserted into certain points on the body surface to release blockages. Acupuncture is a branch of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and has been used in animals for more than 3, 000 years.
If your four-legged friend is suffering from stress, anxiety, digestive problems or pain, acupuncture can be a useful supplement to conventional medical treatment for dogs. The important thing is that this alternative cure is done by a vet who knows it well. Then, in principle, no side effects are to be expected.
What is acupuncture for dogs?
In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) - which includes acupuncture for dogs and humans - it is believed that everything that happens in life is caused by a conflict between the two poles of yin and yang. Between Yin and Yang, everything is constantly in the river, sometimes dominated by one pole, sometimes the other. This interplay between the two poles determines the life energy "Qi", which flows through the entire organism on so-called meridians - energy channels of the body. As long as the energy flow is undisturbed, yin and yang are in balance, a living being is healthy. Mental stress such as anxiety or stress and external influences such as extreme temperatures or weather conditions can destroy the balance. Also, errors in dog nutrition, too little exercise, overexertion and trauma can bring the flow of energy to a halt. At some parts of the body then the energy accumulates, others are underserved - the living being feels unwell or becomes ill.
This is where acupuncture comes in: Thin, sterile needles are inserted into specific points on the surface of the body along the meridians to release the blockages and allow the energy to flow freely again. So that the veterinarian knows where he must use the needles, so where the flow of energy may be disturbed, he examines the dog thoroughly and interviewed the holder for his medical history, living conditions and eating habits. So he can help the sick animal holistically and possibly suggest another treatment method. In addition to acupuncture with needles, there is also a variant with lasers and the so-called gold acupuncture, in which tiny pieces of gold wire are implanted under the skin at the corresponding meridians. Anesthesia is required, but the effect lasts for a long time.
When acupuncture makes sense
The acupuncture for dogs does not replace conventional medicine, but may well complement it. If your four-legged friend suffers from pain or movement disorders due to osteoarthritis, hip dysplasia, a herniated disc or other joint and back problems, the needles provide relief. For chronic pain and when the state of health permits anesthesia, gold acupuncture as an alternative to long-term pain medication is worth considering. In addition, the treatment can help with all sorts of organ problems, such as the following:
- ● Respiratory diseases (asthma, bronchitis, cough, runny nose)
- ● digestive problems (constipation, diarrhea, vomiting)
- ● Urinary incontinence, for example in castrated bitches
- ● Eye diseases as well as visual and hearing disorders
- ● skin problems (hair loss, eczema)
In addition, acupuncture is said to have a positive effect against senile discomfort, immune deficiency, impaired wound healing, and allergies, and it may also be helpful in relieving epilepsy. Furthermore, the alternative healing method is useful for hormonal or mental problems:
- ● anxiety and nervousness
- ● stress
- ● Aggressiveness and irritability
- ● fatigue, slackness and depression
- ● weakness and fatigue
- ● Cycle disturbances in the bitch
Are there any risks and side effects of the treatment?
If the acupuncture for dogs by a specially trained veterinarian professionally applied, your four-legged friends can basically happen. The needles only push the tissue apart and do not injure it, even the blood vessels are spared. Although the punctures are not painful for the animal, very anxious or restless four-legged friends can be frightened by the unusual treatment. In this case, laser acupuncture is a better alternative. The gold acupuncture can be performed only in animals who tolerate anesthesia, with the slightest doubt of it is not recommended. Since the gold wires are implanted, there is also a low risk of injury to the joints or blood vessels.
Attention! Methods of TCM also have their limits: life-threatening emergencies such as stomach turns, sudden breathlessness, an allergic shock as well as broken bones, tendon tears, tumors and severe organic damage up to organ failure must be treated immediately in an animal hospital.