Indications of Acupuncture in small animals

Indications of Acupuncture in small animals
To large scale clinical studies on animal acupuncture indicated that the most common causes for acupuncture referral in small animal practice were, in decreasing order:
1. Paresis, paralysis, and pain in dogs, usually resulting from intervertebral disk syndrome or trauma
2. Large dog paresis or paralysis syndromes resulting from neural compression caused by type II disk protrusions, spondylopathies and spinal instabilities, spondylolisthesis, and cauda equine syndrome, degenerative myelopathy
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3. Pain caused by hip dysplasia and resulting coxofemoral osteoarthritis
4. Other arthritic pain syndromes
5. Miscellaneous conditions not responding to conventional therapy, including allergy and dermatitis, lick granulomas, central nervous system disorders (ataxia, chorea, epilepsy), chronic respiratory diseases, gastrointestinal problems, osteochondritis dissecans, traumatic peripheral nerve injuries, miscellaneous pain syndrome (Altman, 1981b, Joechle, 1977)
From : “Complementary and Alternative Medicine, Allen M. Schoen, Susan G. Wynn, Mosby Inc, 1988

Acupuncture is effective also in :
• chronic pain,
• compulsive and behavioural disorders
• bronchial asthma


Dr Carla De Benedictis Veterinary Surgeon Homeopath Acupuncturist, Velletri Rome Italy