Just as health issues arise in humans, so do they arise in our pets.
It’s interesting to see how similar humans and animals actually are, and how they respond to medical treatment, as well as alternative methods of treatment.
As humans, when we are dealing with a medical condition that just can’t seem to be treated through traditional channels, we sometimes turn to alternative treatment methods.
One of these methods happens to be veterinary acupuncture.
While this may not seem like a method that would work well in animals (think about needles in a rowdy pet), there are many who swear by it.
However, is it right for your pet?
Here are some questions that you may have been thinking about.
What Exactly Is Veterinary Acupuncture?
Veterinary acupuncture is similar to the acupuncture that humans would normally get.
Needles are inserted into specific areas of the animal’s body in order to promote healing of the ailment they may be suffering from.
In the case of human acupuncture, the patient may be left unattended after the needles are inserted, but with animals it is probably best to have a trained individual in the room at all times.
There have been some instances where cats and dogs have tried to remove the needles themselves.
Can Veterinary Acupuncture Cure All Pet Conditions?
Unfortunately, as with any alternative method of treatment, veterinary acupuncture will not be able to cure all ailments, but it can help in many other areas.
In some cases it has proven to be effective in treating arthritis, weight loss, areas such as feline asthma as well as certain reproductive issues. In addition, many pets with cancer feel better after acupuncture therapy.
Again, please keep in mind that while it has worked for many pets, this does not guarantee that it will work in the treatment of your pet.
What Are Some Side Effects That A Pet May Experience From Acupuncture?
One of the most common side effects that practitioners of acupuncture for dogs and cats have mentioned is the lethargy that some pets experience the day after treatment.
Some owners have also reported that their pets experienced the total opposite, and in some cases were actually more energetic.
Reports of side effects seem to be rare, and when they do happen, tend to last for up to one or two days following the treatment.
Again, keep in mind that each pet is different, and as such may experience different things following treatment, or perhaps none at all.
What You Can Do Now
Those practicing pet acupuncture can share more information on whether or not they feel acupuncture is right for your pet’s condition, and we recommend you find a certified veterinary acupuncturist.
There is really no way of knowing until you actually sit down with a practitioner who can tell you more about their experience, what they see happening with your pet and whether or not they think treatment would be effective.
If your pet is currently experiencing some medical issues that can’t seem to be resolved through traditional treatment methods, then you may want to consider pet acupuncture.
Have you tried acupuncture for you dog or cat? Let us know know in the comments below. We would love to hear your stories.
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