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Acupuncture for Cats and Dogs
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Acupuncture for Cats and Dogs
Our cats and dogs are now suffering from the same chronic ailments previously thought to only affect humans. These ailments include diabetes, musculoskeletal problems like arthritis, asthma, chronic pain, reproductive problems, paralysis, gastrointestinal problems and neurological disorders.
The poor quality of foods on the supermarket shelf are not just in the human food supply, but also in pet foods, causing our pets to become obese no matter how much we control their food supply. (see link below).
Acupuncture is now being offered by veterinarians certified in this ancient practice as a complementary type of treatment.
What is acupuncture? - Acupuncture is part of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). This type of treatment is based on the Taoist tradition which goes back more than 8000 years. The belief is that disease is caused by an imbalance in the body; acupuncture will balance the energy and help the body heal itself.
How does it work? - Acupuncture affects physiological changes such as releasing endorphins (one of the pain control chemicals in the body) as well as the natural steroids known as cortisol. Acupuncture uses thin needles that are inserted into certain acupuncture points in order to stimulate the the flow of qi (pronounced 'chee'). - which is life force energy.
Can I take my pet to any acupuncturist? - Because your pet cannot tell you what aches or where, an examination by a veterinarian will help determine the exact cause of the disorder.
What is a treatment like? - Once your pet is diagnosed, the thin needles are inserted for at least 20 minutes. Other options include the use of low-power lasers if your pet will not tolerate the needles. The lasers will stimulate the trigger points and your pet will feel no discomfort.
The length of a treatment varies depending on the condition treated; a sprain may require one treatment. More chronic or severe conditions may require treatment 1 to 3 times per week over a 4 to 6 week period.
Where can I find more information? - What you need is a veterinarian that is also an acupuncturist. Further information can be found at the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society at:
Chinese herbs too? It's interesting to note that this society is also advocating Chinese Veterinary Herbal Medicine. The herbal medicine is being touted as beneficial in the treatment of allergic dermatitis, inflammatory bowel disease and lameness. Finally, what was previously considered 'Alternative Medicine' is now becoming mainstream.
Prevention of course, remains the best way to reduce the suffering of our pets. Too often obesity has become the standard due to poor quality foods, a lack of exercise, or perhaps not even realizing that your pet is overweight. See the next link about fat pets. Also see links about other issues affecting our pets.
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