Pets and Acupuncture
A few years ago we took Bo to a holistic vet to try acupuncture. He had been having some issues with his back legs and there wasn't much the vet could do. Lisa had watched a special about a dog who had undergone some treatments with great results and we decided to give it a try.
The first time we showed up for the appointment we weren't sure what to expect. The vet, who also practiced traditional medicine, had been using acupuncture on dogs for years and was a big believer in its power. After the first appointment we did notice some difference. We went on to complete the suggested four sessions and were very pleased with the results.
I can only share Bo's experience with you because that's all I have to go on, but based on his results I would definitely suggest it. That isn't to say holistic treatment replaces traditional, sometimes it requires both, and sometimes there is nothing left that can be done using standard medicine.
Here's a post from the examiner.com, written by Donita Mason, about acupuncture being used to help treat asthma and lung problems in animals. Today the 2nd point which is used for lung and respiratory distress, including asthma and bronchial coughs, is covered. In a prior article GV27, the first of six points, which treats heart distress was discussed.
Lung 7 (LU7), also known as Broken Sequence, is located on the inside of the front paw on the side closest to the body, just above the wrist. You will find it in the depression above the small protrusion at the end of the radius bone. You will massage this in an up and down and circular motion.
In addition to the Chinese remedy Yin Chiao, you can use this point to help an animal who has chronic upper respiratory infections. It is helpful for stopping a dry cough such as one you would see with kennel cough, as well as helping to expel phlegm from a bronchial cough.
In his book "Love, Miracles and Animal Healing", Dr. Allen Schoen tells about the owner of an asthmatic cat using this point in the middle of the night to help his cat when he saw an asthma attack coming on. If you have an asthmatic animal this is not intended to be used in place of any medication your companion may be taking nor the services of an emergency vet. But it will buy you some time while you are getting to that vet.
In addition to respiratory ailments, this point can be massaged to help with constipation, dry, red and inflamed ears, and treatment of dry and itchy skin in general. These obviously don't have the urgency you would find with respiratory distress, but they are good to know about.
As always, the information given here is not meant as a replacement for the advice of your veterinarian. It is intended to give you information so that you can make an informed decision.
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Photo from examiner.com showing the location of LU7.