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Electrostimulated Acupuncture for Dogs

People are becoming more aware of alternative medical options for many problems, including dog arthritis. One example that has well and truly gained popularity in the West is acupuncture.

Acupuncture is practiced China, Japan, Korea, and Vietnam – Chinese records show that acupuncture was already being practiced in the 2nd century BC. Acupuncture uses needles that are inserted into different pressure points of the body to restore the proper flow of Chi— or life energy. Traditional Chinese medicine believes that ailments are the result of disruptions in the body’s Chi flow.

In the US, acupuncture is often used to control nausea and pain. Although there are many recorded cases that prove acupuncture’s efficacy , a lot more studies are needed before acupuncture becomes a standard procedure in western medicine.

A more recent variant of traditional acupuncture is electrostimulated acupuncture. The technique differs from its traditional counterpart because the needles are attached to a device that generates electrical pulses. The electric treatment is used to provide more stimulation and at the same time shorten treatment time.

Electrostimulated Acupuncture for Dogs

Most people don’t know that electrostimulated acupuncture can be used on dogs. The method is often used to treat epilepsy and other nervous system conditions, digestive problems, and reproductive troubles.

For dog owners whose pets have been diagnosed with dog arthritis, electrostimulated acupuncture is employed to reduce pain and inflammation. It is believed that eletrostimulated acupuncture can block pain pathways by stimulating the central nervous system to release endorphins.

A recent study tested the efficacy of electrostimulated acupuncture in reducing the pain in dogs having elbow arthritis. The result reveals that there was no significant improvement in the condition of the dogs being tested. The data is similar to the results of an earlier study with dogs having hip dysplasia. Electrostimulated acupuncture has a long way to go before it becomes part of standard veterinary medicine – more studies must be made before any final decisions must be made.

So does it work for dog arthritis? Sometimes….but not for every dog. Electrostimulated acupuncture should be used as a complement for modern veterinary methods. You should not abandon the standard treatments recommended your vet.

Source:  Dog Arthritis Blog

March 23, 2012 Posted by | Animal or Pet Related Stories, animals, Dogs, Dogs, Just One More Pet, Man's Best Friend, Pet Health, Pets, responsible pet ownership | , , , | 2 Comments

A Dog Owner’s Overview for Grade 3 Dog Arthritis

A Dog Owner’s Overview for Grade 3 Dog Arthritis

28/04/20111 comment

Dog arthritis when left untreated can greatly diminish a dog’s quality of life. So dog owners should be very vigilant when observing the subtle signs their dog may develop from this crippling disease. When the dog’s pain and inflammation are quite pronounced, then the disease may have progressed to a point where it is very difficult to reverse the joint damage. Grade 3dog arthritis refers to moderate to severe arthritis.

Symptoms

Lameness is severe and very frequent. Inflammation of the joints is quite pronounced and the dog is no longer able to hide the pain, especially when the affected joint is touched. The dog may also undergo behavioral changes such as irritation and aggression as a direct result of the pain. In stage 3, the dog will have difficulty jumping or using the stairs, and since the dog is no longer active, the muscle mass starts to decrease. This is known as muscle atrophy.

X-Rays and Endoscopy

X-rays and endoscopy will reveal the presence of large bone spurs or osteophytes, more scar tissue will appear around the affected joints, and very pronounced fissures in the cartilage will be present.

Treatment

At this stage, the arthritic dog should be treated to prevent a deterioration in the animal’s condition. Treatments for grade 1 and 2 dog arthritis should be used with the addition of the following:

  • Neuropathic pain medicines (NMDA antagonists). These drugs work by “calming down” over-efficient neural pain pathways. They have minimal side effects can be used with most prescription painkillers and anti-inflammatory drugs.
  • Non-steroidal Anti-inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs). Although NSAIDs can cause side effects in some dogs, if your pet is healthy and has undergone blood tests that show that the animal can efficiently metabolize the drug, then the use of NSAIDs should be considered. Most NSAIDs inhibit both inflammatory and some of the beneficial properties of COX enzymes, so the dog must be closely monitored while taking these medications. Blood testing should be continued during the course of treatment to recognize any adverse side effects early on.
  • Dietary supplements. Choose dietary supplements specifically formulated for dogs. This is a HUGE topic but very important in the treatment of arthritis. I can only do it justice in my e-book – Modern Dog Arthritis Treatment.

You can download my e-book ‘Modern Dog Arthritis Treatment’ from http://www.dogarthritisplan.com/modern-dog-arthritis-treatment/

Source:

Dog Arthritis Blog

August 4, 2011 Posted by | Animal or Pet Related Stories, animals, Just One More Pet, Man's Best Friend, Pet Friendship and Love, Pet Health, Pets | , | 3 Comments