People looking for acupuncture for dogs should seek out a reputable clinic. Most acupuncturists have a veterinary degree or graduate degree since they need to be exceptionally skilled at needle placement. Acupuncture can be an amazing adjunct or sometimes replacement for pain medication and conventional veterinary options. Acupuncture can reduce or eliminate the need for medication for many dogs.
An acupuncturist will skillfully place very fine needles, either sterilized in an autoclave or utilized brand new out of a sterile package. Your pet will not contract a disease from needles that are sterilized and new. We, at Wyatt’s List, are of the mindset that less is more, so if your pet’s pain or illness can be managed more effectively with less medication, fewer side effects and greater quality of life, we recommend you consider that option. Western medicine has been in practice approximately 200 years while eastern medicine has been around for millenia. It is based on science, not Western science, but rather on thousands of years of expertise by skilled progenitors of pain relief. Your acupuncturist may recommend once or twice a week initially and decrease that to fewer follow up visits as your pet’s pain or condition is mitigated. Alternative medicine is not quackery, but rather a viable option for many fur-parents.
Always speak with your veterinarian first to determine if your pet is a good candidate for any treatment options. Your veterinarian will know your pet and be able to make informed judgements and guide you accordingly.