Acupuncture has long been used on humans to ease pain, treat various illnesses, and improve mental health overall. Lately, more and more vets and pet specialists have been using and recommending acupuncture for dogs. It is particularly beneficial for older dogs. Here are the key benefits older dogs often receive from regular acupuncture treatments.
Even older dogs who are generally in good health tend to have some arthritis pain and other niggling pains. These pains make them less willing to run, jump, and play like they used to when they were younger. Acupuncture can help calm down the nerves related to the pain and inflammation your older dog may be suffering from. As such, it can keep your dog more comfortable during the day. You may notice your dog is running and playing more after an acupuncture treatment, which is better for their mental and physical health.
Immunity often declines as dogs get older. Your dog's weaker immune system may mean they are more likely to become ill, especially if they spend time around other dogs at a dog kennel, dog park, or another facility. Acupuncture can help improve your dog's immunity. It can relieve inflammation that may be pressing on glands and structures related to the immune system. It also reduces stress, which can, in turn, help stimulate the immune system. You may therefore notice your dog becomes ill less often after acupuncture. Or, if they do become ill, they may recover a lot faster after receiving acupuncture treatment.
Older dogs sometimes struggle with a reduced appetite. This means that they'll eat less and be less able to satisfy their nutritional needs. Acupuncture can help re-balance the levels of hormones related to hunger. It can also relieve any tension in the digestive organs themselves. You may therefore notice that your dog is more willing to eat after receiving an acupuncture treatment. This can keep them healthy and happy later in life. Getting more nutrition can help slow the aging process, keep your dog more active, and ward off disease.
If you have an older dog and want to do something special for them, consider booking a few acupuncture sessions. This therapy is safe, has a long track record of success, and can help your older dog in a variety of ways. Talk to your vet or a veterinary acupuncture practitioner to learn more about pet acupuncture.