Acupuncture for Your Poodle in a Tutu

Published on April 2, 2013 by arothstein

Some people roll their eyes when pet lovers parade around the neighborhood with their dogs adorned in frilly pink tutus, or when they see a tiny Chihuahua’s head bobbing up and down inside a woman’s purse. Mainstream media has made it totally acceptable for people to personify their pets, dressing them in adorable little outfits and treating them like their children. Pet names like Spike and Brutus have been replaced with Annabelle and Simon. From dawn until dusk, pets today are so coddled and catered-to that the real baby of the family gets jealous.

Strollers, car seats, closets, and play dates for the kids . . . and for the family pet. What’s next, animal acupuncture? Well actually, yes.

vet tech degree, Broadview University

(From left) Riverwoods massage therapist, student Josie Sandoval (holding Rocky), Riverwoods massage therapist, student Cassondra Cleek, Dr. Dobson, Kim Novotny (holding Sweetie), student James Reid (holding Bentley), and vet tech program chair Heather Riggs

On Saturday, March 9, Vet Tech Degree Program Chair Heather Riggs and three Broadview University-Orem vet tech students—Cassondra Cleek, James Reid, and Josie Sandoval—attended a seminar hosted by Dr. Dobson from the Riverwoods Pet Hospital on Traditional Chinese Medicine for pets, which encompasses massage, acupuncture, and other holistic therapies.

As it turns out, these methods are actually quite groundbreaking in the field of pet medicine. When traditional methods fail, many pet owners are turning to these more holistic approaches to promote pain relief and healing in their pets.

Students learned massage techniques from Dr. Dobson and from three massage therapists from the pet hospital. They were also shown how to place acupuncture needles into a pet’s motor points, areas where there is a high density of free nerve endings, mast cells, small arterioles, and lymphatic vessels. Studies have shown that stimulating these “acupoints” releases chemicals in the body that are associated with healing.

Pet owner L. K. Koelbel can attest to the results of animal acupuncture and is quoted on the hospital website saying, “If any of your pets are not responding too well to conventional Western veterinary treatments, I highly recommend seeking out a Traditional Chinese Medicine Veterinary Practitioner, ’cause the results are nothing less than amazing.”

While people might still laugh at Fifi, the pampered poodle in the stroller dressed as Cinderella, there is no question that practicing Traditional Chinese Medicine on pets produces doggone good results.

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