5 Things to Know About Acupuncture for Dogs

March 13, 2018 at 9:00 AM by Nikki Wardle

Nikki Wardle

Canine Acupuncture

Maybe you’ve looked into or even utilized acupuncture as a pain management technique and alternative to traditional (or western) medicine. There are scads of studies that show the benefits of acupuncture for managing arthritis, anxiety, chronic pain, and even cancer symptoms.

Did you know that acupuncture can have the same benefits for your dog as it does for humans? Acupuncture for dogs has become a much more common practice over the past decade or so as vets turn to traditional Chinese veterinary medicine (TCVM). TCVM offers a holistic approach to your pet’s health to use every available measure to make your pet more comfortable and increase their quality of life. Here are the most commonly asked questions we get about our acupuncture services.

1. Does it hurt my dog?

Acupuncture is virtually painless. If you’ve experienced it yourself, you know that acupuncture generally leads to feelings of tingling or numbness, which may make your pet uncomfortable, but that’s it. During acupuncture visits, our certified acupuncture specialist Dr. Teresa Sauer makes sure your dog is relaxed and comfortable throughout the appointment.

2. What are the benefits?

Acupuncture has been shown to be useful for a wide variety of diseases and conditions, mainly to help manage pain. We recommend acupuncture for our patients suffering from:

  • Chronic pain
  • Arthritis
  • Degenerative joint disease
  • Stiffness
  • Anxiety Recovery from injuries and surgery

Acupuncture can improve skin problems like hot spots and allergic dermatitis, as well. It’s most commonly used to improve chronic pain conditions for animals suffering from diseases like arthritis or medical treatments like chemo.

3. Are there side effects?

Acupuncture has a very low risk associated with it and virtually no side effects. Acupuncture should be practiced only by certified veterinarians with plenty of experience and training and is usually part of a medical treatment plan that includes other treatments or medication.

4. Where can I bring my dog for acupuncture treatment?

Dr. Teresa Sauer offers acupuncture for your pet out of our Chinden location. Dr. Sauer has years of experience and is well-versed in the evidence-based benefits of acupuncture and herbal remedies. She can work with you to create a holistic treatment plan for your dog that includes acupuncture and herbs, as well. Whether your dog suffers from gastrointestinal issues, chronic pain, asthma, or some other problem, Dr. Sauer can help you explore alternative and additional methods or making your pet comfortable and healthy.

5. What is an appointment like?

During an acupuncture appointment, we work hard to keep your pet comfortable and calm the entire time. Sessions are set up with a soothing atmosphere and with care for your pet’s overall well-being. Appointments last 30-60 minutes, and the number of visits will depend on your pet’s particular health and condition.

If you’d like to learn more about acupuncture and how it could benefit your pet, contact us today. We’re happy to help you develop a treatment plan to improve your pet’s health.

Topics: Acupuncture for Dogs

Nikki Wardle

Written by Nikki Wardle

Nikki is the marketing manager for IPH and has been writing for Intermountain Pet Hospital since 2014.