Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Acupuncture for what ails you (and your dog)

Once a month, Big Sandy gets her acupuncture treatment from Dr. Tina Becker. Now why would a dog get needles stuck in them? Well, acupuncture can be a very effective way to manage pain, boost the immune system, and help older dogs feel better. Jenn's been doing acupuncture with Big Sandy so she doesn't have to go on pain medicines that have lots of side effects.

During an acupuncture session, Dr. Becker places small needles in particular places and then warms the needles up with moxa (which is the thing that looks like a big fat cigar in the above photo). The process takes about an hour and Big Sandy gets all sleepy eyed. Sometimes Dr. Becker will concentrate on particular areas on Big Sandy to influence the kidneys or to alleviate pain in her achy legs. All I know is our old girl sure feels better after her treatments.

You can learn more about acupuncture for your animals here and find a veterinarian near you that practices acupuncture here.

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