It's helped humans for centuries and now acupuncture is healing pets struggling with pain. The treatments are getting amazing results for dogs that were unable to walk.
Acupuncture has become a common treatment for adults with chronic and acute pain, arthritis, fibromyalgia, asthma, allergies and infertility. However, it is relatively new for treating pets.
Veterinarian Mike Petty is a certified expert in medical acupuncture for pets.
“Acupuncture for pets is exactly the same as for humans,” Petty said.
Paula Kapp brought her dog Hogan to see Dr. Petty on the advice of her regular veterinarian to try acupuncture for Hogan's pain from a variety of neurological issues.
Paula knew very little about acupuncture, but had nothing to lose. The treatment is quite pleasant, quiet music, dimmed lights, sometimes a frozen treat to keep the animal distracted for 15 minutes as those tiny needles do their work.
A single acupuncture treatment can cost anywhere between $50 and $80. How many treatments your pet might need will depend on the specific case.