Needle therapy: Alternative treatment for sick pets

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In the late years, there has been a developing interest connected with acupuncture treatment for pets.

A key element in Traditional Chinese Medicine is acupuncture which, is an alternative medicine. It’s based on the use of very thin needles inserted into the body to provide a curing response, it is commonly used to alleviate pain yet is efficient to heal other conditions too.

A once common answer to the problem of a sick animal was euthanasia referred also as mercy killing which implies, the doctor will put an end to the life of a very sick pet (or person). This solution is low-cost and convenient and helps “to stop the animal suffering”.

Veterinary medicine, as in human medicine, are now way more advanced, therefore, several illnesses an animal may be experiencing can be controlled. Discomfort can be reduced and for some conditions there are treatments.  Treatment of this sort requires additional time, test, and medicine intake, which regularly ends up in future issues like drug-related side-effects, hence more drawback for the pet and owner.

Normally animals being treated with acupuncture are dogs, cats, cows, and horses. Acupuncture can be used on any animal whether small or large. Cats, for instance, receive shorter needles and dogs receive longer needles depending on their body size.

 Acupuncture isn’t unsafe as long as the veterinarian has appropriate training and is an authorized practitioner. Acupuncture is a drug-free treatment, there might be little if any side-effects to be concerned about like minor sores due to the needles, and this can be controlled. An acupuncturist who has knowledge dealing only with humans wouldn’t be fit to work with animals adequately since the nerve structures and points in the body of an animal are not the same as in humans.

Veterinary acupuncture is starting to play a considerable role in the treatment of several veterinary conditions. It would be doubtful to consider veterinary acupuncture to take the lead over conventional veterinary medicine. In the treatment of life treating conditions, conventional veterinary medicine has a speedy and anticipated therapeutic effect, such as anti-infection agents for diseases or blood transfusion for hemorrhagic shock. Nonetheless, it seems like veterinary acupuncture is fast expanding from being the treatment of last resort to develop into a beneficial and rewarding complement to conventional veterinary treatments in addition as being exceptionally helpful and valuable as a form of treatment on its own.


Veterinary conditions treated with acupuncture:

1.    Alimentary tract: Anorexia, gastroenteritis, diarrhea, constipation, pancreatitis.

2.    Hepatic: Biliary duct spasm, hepatic duct insufficiency.

3.    Cardiovascular: Chronic/acute heart disease, arrhythmia, congestive heart failure.

4.    Diseases on blood & fluids: Epistaxis, traumatic hemorrhage inferable.

5.    Hormonal: Cushing syndrome, diabetes, pain in the back associated with ovulation, estrous induction, hormonal disease, urinary incontinence, infertility.

6.    Respiratory: Rhinitis, sinusitis, bronchitis/pneumonia, chronic flu, respiratory distress, anesthetic emergency.

7.    Renal/urinary: Urinary tract infection, cystitis, F.U.S., renal disease, renal failure, functional urethral blockage, incontinence.

8.    Nervous system: Excitation states, depression states, involuntary move, paralysis, paresis, CNS trauma, epilepsy, spinal cord pain.

9.    Gynecological/obstetrical disorders: Anovulation, infertility, whelping/dystocia, pyometra, vaginal bleeding.

10.    Skin: pruritus, eczema, hormonal alopecia.

11.    Muscle: Myopathy, sprains.

12.    Bones: Trauma, enhance fracture repair, delayed union, sudden/acute elbow pain, spinal pain, Thorac/lumbar pain, sore backs.

13.    Joints: osteoarthritis, hip dysplasia, injury/trauma of the joints, cruciate ligaments trauma, spondylosis, intervertebral disc disease, hock arthritis, degenerative myopathy and arthritis of the shoulder, knee, elbow, hip, vertebrae.

14.    Other conditions such as calves non-suckling, chronic laminitis, navicular syndrome, keratoconjunctivitis, muscular spasm, chronic conjunctivitis and green eye.


Would you consider acupuncture as a cure for your pet?


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