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Questions And Answers About Pet Acupuncture

Questions And Answers About Pet Acupuncture

I’ve been getting increasing numbers of questions about pet acupuncture. Although this is not something that I practice, I can give you some accurate answers about the procedures.

Q. Do all acupuncturists do pet acupuncture?
A. No. In fact, in most states you must be a veterinarian to treat pets with acupuncture.

Q. Is it legitimate or some weird hoax?
A. It can be very effective. And animals are a wonderful control group to compare with humans because a horse is certainly not going to be talked into experiencing a placebo effect.

Q. Is this some American offshoot of the Chinese practice?
A. No. Pet acupuncture has been and is practiced in China, usually on large animals.

Q. What is pet acupuncture used for?
A. Vets say that it helps reduce pain and swelling, relaxes muscles, clears nasal passages, increases muscle relaxation, reduces nausea, and increases appetite.

Q. What are the risks?
A. There are always risks. Your vet would tell you that there is always a small chance of puncturing a vessel or organ, having an animal escape, or having an unattended animal swallow a needle. Like any other health care procedure, always go to a skilled professional who you trust.

To read some stories about pets and their successful treatments click here

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Posted By: tcm007 on January 6, 2010
Tcm007 said...
Heather that is great to hear, thanks for commenting.
January 6, 2010, 5:16 pm
Heather said...
My dog was able to walk about 3 years longer than she would have without acupuncture and chinese herbs. They really increased her length and quality of life.
January 6, 2010, 5:02 pm
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