Everything You Need to Know About Acupuncture for Dogs

Everything You Need To Know About Acupuncture For Dogs

Have you heard of acupuncture treatment for dogs? Read below to learn everything you need to know about acupuncture for dogs!

What Is Dog Acupuncture?

Acupuncture is the process of inserting acupuncture needles into specific points of the body, often where nerves and blood vessels are close together. Then, the needles may be left in place, rotated, or attached to an electric current, depending on your canine’s needs. This process stimulates the circulation and nervous system to help heal and decrease pain and inflammation. Additionally, it is believed that the benefits of acupuncture are cumulative and are more profound after multiple sessions.

What Conditions Does Acupuncture Treat?

Acupuncture can help the symptoms of several conditions your dog may have. For example, acupuncture helps with pain management, arthritis, hip dysplasia, side effects of cancer (such as nausea and pain), tendon injuries, and anxiety. Acupuncture targets pain locally in the body as well as centrally through the nervous system and throughout the whole body. Additionally, acupuncture has occasionally been successful in treating other disorders such as seizures, allergies, cystitis, chronic kidney disease, asthma, constipation, congestion, and ear infections.

What Are The Benefits?

Acupuncture is great for pain relief and often provides supplementary treatment for other conditions. For example, acupuncture can aid arthritis treatment, help regulate the immune system for cancer treatment, and manage pain and nausea. Additionally, acupuncture paired with behavioral support and traditional medication can help treat anxiety in dogs.

What Are The Risks?

Acupuncture is minimally invasive and low-risk, which is excellent for your canine! Plus, many dogs don’t notice the acupuncture needles being placed and are often very relaxed during treatment. Many dogs stay busy with treats or with brushing and petting during sessions.

How Much Does Acupuncture Cost?

The cost of acupuncture can vary depending on your furry friend’s condition, the city you live in, and the vet performing the treatment. Additionally, it is typical for the initial visit to cost more than the subsequent sessions. However, you can expect that acupuncture can cost between $25 to $250 per treatment. You can inquire about pricing and packages when looking up certified acupuncture vets near you!

Who Is Certified in Acupuncture?

Not all vets are certified to perform acupuncture. However, several organizations offer certifications. If your veterinarian is not certified, ask to be referred to someone who is for your acupuncture needs!

Now that you know everything you need to know about acupuncture for dogs, consider if your dog could benefit from treatment!

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