HOW CAN ACUPUNCTURE BENEFIT MY DOG?
1. Pain management is one of the most common uses for acupuncture, often in conjunction with a more traditional treatment plan.
2. Musculoskeletal problems such as arthritis, hip dysplasia, or nerve injuries can respond to acupuncture. It is often employed during rehabilitation after an injury. Carefully monitoring a healing pet is important; without the feeling of pain, a dog can re-injure him or herself with over-activity.
3. Skin problems like allergic dermatitis, granulomas, or hot spots may respond well to acupuncture treatment because increased circulation can improve healing, while pain reduction will reduce a dog’s overgrooming or itching responses.
4. Gastrointestinal problems like nausea and diarrhea can be aided by the increased blood flow from acupuncture. It may also help normalize digestive activity by stimulating digestive secretions.
5. Respiratory problems like asthma and allergies can benefit from the immune-calming, anti-inflammatory capabilities of acupuncture.
A partial list of conditions proven to respond to veterinary acupuncture includes:
- Hip dysplasia
- Traumatic nerve injuries
- Degenerative joint disease
- Lick granulomas
- Allergic skin conditions
- Disease of the spinal cord
- Reproductive problems
- Endocrine disorders
- Immune function
- Systemic inflammatory conditions
Dr. Susan Folmer-Brown
Susan Folmer-Brown, DVM, CVA
Dr. Susan is a 2002 graduate of the Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine in Boston, MA. She has been practicing veterinary acupuncture since 2008 after earning her certification in canine and feline acupuncture from The Chi Institute in Reddick, FL. Dr. Susan is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, the Pennsylvania Veterinary Medical Association, and the American Association of Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine. Passionate about animal welfare, she is a founding board member of The Susan Giblin Foundation for Animal Wellness and Welfare, an organization that raises money for animal charities in the South Central Pennsylvania region. Dr. Susan lives with her husband and three cats in Mechanicsburg. She enjoys reading, yoga, and the Boston Red Sox.