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Pet Acupuncture: What You Need To Know

Alternative medicine is becoming more and more popular in the health industry, and it is now starting to find its way into the pet industry as well. One particular form of alternative medicine that is starting to gain ground in the pet industry is acupuncture. Keep reading to learn more about acupuncture for pets.

How Does Acupuncture on Pets Work?

If you have ever undergone an acupuncture treatment session yourself, then you are very familiar with how acupuncture works. Acupuncture for pets is very similar. Acupuncture is a treatment that works by utilizing small needles across the body in order to stimulate the body's natural pain inhibiting and  anti-inflammatory processes. The needles are placed in precise areas of the body known as acupuncture pressure points. When done, it creates a stimulation that has a particular effect that helps to reduce inflammation, release pain-fighting endorphins, and improve blood flow.

How Can Acupuncture Help Pets?

Acupuncture is particularly beneficial for older pets who are experiencing arthritis and joint pain, but it can be used for many other conditions and illnesses as well. For example, animals that have been injured in an accident or are experiencing pain or inflammation after a surgery or due to an ailment like cancer are able to benefit from the all-natural pain-relieving and anti-inflammatory chemical processes that acupuncture has to offer.

Will Acupuncture Work for Your Pet?

Honestly, it just depends. Acupuncture won't work for every single dog. It will depend on a number of factors, including the type of condition that is being treated, the number of sessions that your pet undergoes, and how willing of a participant your pet is. Some conditions will require more treatments upfront that will taper off, while others will require long-term, ongoing sessions.

In some cases, your pet may not even be a good candidate for acupuncture treatments. For example, if your pet is overly aggressive and/or stressed, your pet's response to the treatments could be dampened. However, most pets are usually just nervous and are good to go after a few sessions.

If you are interested in learning more about acupuncture for pets and/or think that your pet may be able to benefit from some sessions, talk to your veterinarian about it. Acupuncture hasn't always been a common treatment offered by veterinarians, but it is becoming much more popular. Just keep in mind that not all vets are familiar with the treatment. Don't forget to check and see if your pet insurance covers the treatments, as some providers may offer coverage.