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Facts about Acupuncture for Dogs

Dogs in Motion article about Facts on Acupuncture for Dogs by Michelle Monk

Guest Post by Vet Acupuncturist

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Dr Sara Baldey

What Is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture is an ancient branch of Traditional Chinese Medicine. It is used in both people and animals for thousands of years.  Acupuncture utilises the body’s own ability to heal itself. Through this, it establishes health and balance in the patient. This is mediated through the stimulation of various body systems: the nervous system, endocrine system, circulatory system and lymphatic system.

What Are The Benefits Of Acupuncture For Your Dog?

There are many benefits to acupuncture that are attributable to its therapeutic effect. Below are some of these benefits:

  • Endorphin release: this is a natural hormone produced in the brain. As a result, it alleviates pain and creates a general sense of well-being in the individual.
  • Cortisol release: this is a natural anti-inflammatory hormone. Cortisol is also known as a stress hormone; it is naturally released by the body in response to stress. Even more, this enables the body to better cope with stress.
  • Block pain signals in the body: pain signals are blocked at many levels of the nervous system. This can occur at the local site of the pain. It usually occurs at the level of the spinal cord and at the level of the brain.
  • Decrease inflammation: the nerve stimulation induced by acupuncture leads to biochemical signalling pathways. It will then act to regulate and decrease inflammation in the body.
  • Stimulate immune system: certain acupuncture points have shown to boost the immune system. This is possible by increasing the number of white blood cells circulating in the bloodstream.
  • Increase blood flow to local areas: acupuncture points draw blood to problem areas. As a result, promoting healing in those areas.

Which Dogs Can Benefit From Acupuncture?

Acupuncture are also applicable to treat a wide range of health conditions. Though, the majority of patients use acupuncture to treat musculoskeletal problems. It is a safe and drug free therapy, beneficial for many patients including those with:

  • Arthritis
  • Chronic pain
  • Spinal or neurological conditions
  • Back and neck pain
  • Poor mobility

How Do The Acupuncture Services Work At Dogs In Motion?

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The used of acupuncture as sole therapy or alongside modern medicine can achieve a synergistic result in the patient. At Dogs In Motion, we always promote a team approach to managing your dog.  This includes, you, your dog, your dogs vet and members of our Dogs In Motion Team.

At Dogs In Motion, we have a qualified Veterinary Acupuncturist as part of our team; Dr Sara Baldey from ‘Acutherapy for Pets’. Dr Sara consults on Saturdays and dog owners are able to self refer. The regular vet of the pet owners can also refer them. Sara will communicate with your dog’s vet about their current health problems and treatment plan.

Finally,  we recommend for those considering acupuncture for their dog to ensure that only an appropriately skilled and qualified practitioner performs veterinary acupuncture services.

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Michelle Monk

I am completely passionate about providing access to rehabilitation for as many dogs and their owners as possible. Not just through my own clinics but also by teaching other health professionals such as Vets, Vet Nurses and Physiotherapists how to provide quality rehabilitation in their clinics.

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