This dog can steel your heart away! Maverick is such a good puppy! At only 10 months old...and still growing...he is a gentle giant. He loves his humans and he loves to play in the snow!
It is definitely a question to ask a veterinarian having been trained in traditional Chinese veterinary medicine (TCVM). Acupuncture can benefit all life stages (juvenile, adult, and senior) and a variety of conditions.
Our furbaby boxer dog has major arthritis in her rear left knee. She was kicked by a horse and has never been the same ever sense. As she ages, it gets worse, of course. So we talked to our local vet about her condition and pain. It was recommended as an alternative to medication for the rest of her life. So we are giving it a try...
So far, we have seen her turn back into a puppy! It is winter right now and she still has good and bad days...but she loves to run and the second she is outside, regardless of weather, she takes off running. If the weather is below zero she will hold the leg up and not use it for awhile after running hard. But most days she just limps for a bit and will still use her leg. We are amazed at the difference and we will continue to do this and see how it goes.
The goal of acupuncture is to promote the body to heal itself. Veterinary acupuncture encourages healing by correcting energy imbalances in the body. Acupuncture enhances blood circulation, nervous system stimulation, and the release of anti-inflammatory and pain relieving hormones.
Acupuncture involves the insertion of needles into body tissue where nerve bundles and blood vessels come together. These collections of nervous and vascular tissue are termed acupuncture points, which course over all aspects of the body’s surface on meridians (energy channels). The meridians permit a cycle of energy to occur throughout the entire body over the course of the day’s 24 hours.
Veterinary acupuncture can be used to treat a variety of conditions, particularly those that involve inflammation and pain.
Arthritis, or joint inflammation, can occur at any life stage (juvenile, adult, senior) and creates a variety of physiologic changes that create pain.
Degenerative Joint Disease (DJD)
DJD is the progression of arthritis where joint surfaces become irregular, leading to decreased range of motion and increased pain.
Surgery, car accidents, animal fights, and falling are forms of trauma that cause inflammation and pain.
Cancer can promote tissue swelling or enlargement of organ systems leading to pain, nausea, decreased appetite, and lethargy.
Kidney and liver failure, pancreatitis, feline hyperthyroidism, Cushing’s disease, Addison’s disease, hypothyroidism, and diabetes mellitus cause nausea, appetite and energy changes.
Our Diesa dog goes every two weeks...if all goes well, we can tapper that off. Generally pets go for 4-6 treatments, some more, some less. It all depends on our pets...just like people, everyone will be different. After the general treatments Diesa may need a treatment once or twice a year. Once our firewood cutting season starts she may need a few treatments.
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