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Acupuncture for Pets: Benefits and Applications

Introduction to Acupuncture

Increasing Popularity: Acupuncture is gaining popularity in veterinary medicine as a complementary therapy alongside hydrotherapy and physiotherapy.

Pain Management: It is often used to control pain and improve mobility in pets, either as a standalone treatment or in conjunction with other therapies.

Approaches to Acupuncture

Traditional vs. Western Approach: Acupuncture can be approached from traditional Chinese medicine principles or the western approach, with the latter being more common in the UK.

Western Approach: Needling is targeted to areas of pain or discomfort, such as in arthritic dogs experiencing hip pain, allowing for tailored treatment.

Benefits of Acupuncture

Minimal Side Effects: Unlike some medications, acupuncture is generally safe with minimal to no adverse effects, making it a preferred option for pain management.

Natural Pain Relief: Acupuncture stimulates nerves to release endorphins, the body's natural painkillers, providing pain relief without systemic effects.

Reduced Medication Dependence: In some cases, acupuncture can reduce the need for pain medication, complementing medical treatments and joint supplements.

Applications of Acupuncture

Wound Healing: Acupuncture can promote wound healing by increasing blood flow to the affected area, facilitating the delivery of healing agents for faster recovery.