Acupuncture for over 2000 years has been used for dogs, cats, and humans. In our practice, acupuncture is used to alleviate pain, reduce hindquarter weakness and promote longevity and wellness in animals with chronic diseases or injury. Most animals enjoy their acupuncture treatments. They often relax during treatment and feel the benefits for weeks to months, depending on the condition being treated. Acupuncture is often a more economical treatment than available Western medical treatments, for certain conditions. We have great results treating the following with acupuncture:
- Intervertebral Disc Disease
- Ligament Injury — including cruciate ligament rupture
- Neck Pain
- Urinary Incontinence
- Hindlimb Weakness — often seen in older dogs, but treatable at any age
- Lick Granulomas
- Kidney Disease
- Liver Disease
- Post Surgical Healing — after any surgery involving the back, limbs or soft tissue
We understand that acupuncture in the conventional sense is not for all patients. We can also offer treatment of acupuncture points through use of our therapeutic laser. We are still able to treat and stimulate all the points without using needles in our sensitive patients.
See below for case studies of animals that benefited from acupuncture treatments.
Intervertebral Disc Disease can cause acute or chronic back pain, as well as weakness or paralysis of the hind limbs or both front and hind limbs. Surgical treatment is often recommended. If surgery is performed on these animals, acupuncture is recommended in the healing phase to decrease pain and inflammation, and to speed the entire process of healing. Often, however, surgery is not an option due to financial reasons, the increased risk of anesthesia or other health concerns. In these cases, acupuncture can help animals greatly in the healing process. Many animals with disc disease will recover fully from a ruptured disc with acupuncture and Chinese Herbal medicine.
Millie Rogers is a 6-year-old Dachshund who came to us in March 2010 unable to walk due to disk disease in her mid-back. She had lost the ability to move her hind limbs and she could not feel a pinch to the toe. Millie’s owners were not interested in pursuing surgery, the treatment most commonly recommend. Millie received acupuncture every four to six days. Within one month, Millie was able to stand on her own and take a few steps―and even climb four stairs to get onto the couch. She then received the biweekly treatments until the end of June 2010 and was released from care in August. At the time of this writing Millie still walks normally and has had only one acupuncture treatment since her original injury. Back To Top
Cruciate ligament rupture is musculoskeletal condition that we successfully treat with acupuncture. This injury often is corrected by surgery that can cost up to $3,000. However, the combination of diet improvements, Chinese herbal medicine, and acupuncture are used in our practice at a cost of usually less than $1,500 for the entire treatment of this condition. Improvement is usually seen within 2 weeks of the onset of treatment.
Remy is a 13-year old Great Dane mix. He presented to us in March 2013 with hindquarter weakness and a cruciate ligament rupture. We began his weekly acupuncture treatments and within 3 months, one could not tell which limb had the ligament rupture. Remy is strong in his hindquarters and happily accompanies his owner on her rounds as a pet sitter.
Remy Continued to do well after moving to Florida with his owner in 2014. He continued treatment when he moved and lived to be 15 years old. This is a wonderful accomplishment for such a large breed dog. Remy continues to hold a special place in our hearts and his success is a testament to the treatment he received.
Neck pain in dogs is often due to Intervertebral Disc Disease. In some cases, neck pain is muscular in origin. Many times, x-rays appear to be normal, so we do not know the cause of the neck pain. Acupuncture is often curative for these dogs.
Comet is an 8-year-old Cocker Spaniel who came to us with in early 2012 with severe neck pain. He could not lift his head and was barely able to walk around the house. Standard veterinary medicine deemed his case a lost cause. When we met him, we changed his diet to a homemade diet to suit his nutritional needs and we began acupuncture. With fewer than 5 treatments, he no longer needed acupuncture and now enjoys boating with his family, jumping into the water and swimming alongside the boat.
In Chinese Medicine this weakness is due to Kidney Qi Deficiency. It is common in larger dogs and is first noted by owners when their pet had difficulty jumping, walking, running, and going up stairs. This is probably the most common reason for owners to give us a call for acupuncture. These dogs are best treated if started in the early stages. These dogs enjoy a much longer life span when on a regular schedule of acupuncture often augmented with Chinese Herbal Medicine.
Heidi presented to us in 2009 with severe hindquarter weakness. Her owner, Marcia, believed that she would have to euthanize Heidi soon thereafter. However, Heidi lived another 3 years, reaching her 14th birthday!
Marcia had this to say about Heidi’s treatments: “It didn’t work immediately but it DID work. There was no placebo effect. Heidi just started walking better after 3 or 4 treatments. For Heidi, acupuncture treatments helped improve her balance and addressed her problem with hindquarter weakness. Dr. Blankenship suggested adding Chinese herbs and we saw more improvement in mobility after a few weeks on the herbs. There were some setbacks, but Dr. Blankenship was always able to resolve the problems and get Heidi back on track.
Dr. Blankenship’s holistic approach works for Heidi. When Heidi’s appetite started to wane, Dr. Blankenship told me how to adjust her diet. Heidi doesn’t like to go to vet offices so the fact that Dr. Blankenship is willing to make house calls means a lot to me. Heidi is more relaxed at home and I know the benefits of acupuncture are greater when she’s not stressed out.”