You may have thought about acupuncture for yourself or somebody you know, but have you thought about it for your pets? Acupuncture is an alternative medicine originating in ancient China that treats patients by inserting thin needles into specific pressure points in the skin. This Eastern therapy has been used for hundreds of years as a way to relieve pain and improve health issues in humans. But lately it’s been catching on that acupuncture  can also be applied to help animals overcome ailments. Recently there has been an increase in the study and practice of veterinary acupuncture. This is great news for anyone who has a pet with chronic pain or even anxiety problems. I have a friend who has been taking her senior German Shepherd mix to acupuncture treatments for months now because of her dog’s troubling hip dysplasia. I’m happy to report in her case it’s been helping immensely. Another buddy of mine swears to its benefit on her cat’s overall behavior.

Many pet owners bring their animals in to veterinary acupuncturists for help with pain management, enhancing mobility, or relaxation tips, among various other reasons. Click here to read a fascinating article about the three most commonly utilized acupuncture points used in pets, what they address, where they are located on your furry friends, and also where they’re found on you! Who knows? Maybe you could benefit from some acupuncture too.

Although we’re glad to know this knew service is out there, you’ll want to do your research and make sure you visit a true professional if acupuncture is something you would like to consider. As with all treatments, its success is on a case by case basis, and you should seek the counsel of your veterinarian or doctor before making any decisions. It’s better to be safe than sorry when it comes to you and your pet!

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