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Acupuncture for Pets Fights to Be Accepted Practice

There was an interesting article on the front page of The Star-Ledger the other day, focusing on acupuncture for pets industry, and how it’s not recognized buy  the American Veterinary Medical Association.

They do, however, allow their vets to practice it.

A spokesman for the professional organization told the newspaper, “we don’t say it shouldn’t be used and we don’t promote it.”

Many vets, according to the article, are afraid of the procedure, but those who practice it, say it’s a last alternative when nothing else works.

Pet parents who knew there was something wrong with their dog, or as one example in the acrticle mentioned, horse, but no one could figure it out, touted the procedure to The Ledger.

One of them said she lost two dogs to  wobbler’s disease, and she wasn’t going to let it happen to a third.

“I am not going home with this dog in a box,” she told the newspaper. “I am going to give this one a chance.”

She says after a few treatments her 140-pound, 6-year-old Doberman seemed to be doing much better.

The treatments, according to the article, cost around $70 per session.

Would you try acupuncture on your pet? I think I would be afraid Toby wouldn’t stay still long enough during the it — especially after yesterday’s performance.

4 thoughts on “Acupuncture for Pets Fights to Be Accepted Practice

  1. If it were one of my last options, sure why not try something hollistic; I know people who use accupuncture and swear by it. I have not tried it myself, so maybe I would do that first.
    Great post either way! xoxoxo
    Lisa, Madi and Abi

  2. We actually did try acupuncture for Jasmine (among other things). Yes, keeping the dog still can be tricky, it is best to get them quite tired first. Jasmine also doesn't like the needles in her front paws and will do what she can to remove them, so one has to watch carefully so she does not.

    I believe that acupuncture needs to be done right to work = you gotta know where the needle should go. Just like with anything else, gotta be done right.

    We did have positive results with acupuncture and I have other friends who's dogs responded very well to treatment.

    I believe that it is a very safe treatment and the worst that can happen is that it won't work – so what is there to lose? (and as mentioned above, in the cases where it didn't work I suspect it just wasn't done right)

    Why would it work? Ponder this – live is essentially energy. Matter is essentially energy (e=mc2). While conventional treatments treat disease on chemical level, I don't see any reason that a treatment on the energy level could not work.

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