Alternative Therapies for Dogs


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Pet parents all over the world have begun warming up to the idea of alternative therapies for their dogs. These therapies are catered towards dogs to cure health ailments and provide comfort and relief to your pet. The difference between medical treatments and alternative therapies is that the latter uses techniques that have been practiced for thousands of years. Although these treatments lack extensive scientific research, they are popular for providing efficient results for those who practice it regularly. Alternative therapies for dogs can include massages, acupuncture, homeopathy, and chiropractic care, to name a few. Read on to find more about alternative therapy for your furry friend.


The ancient treatment of Acupuncture originated in China over 2500 years ago. The therapy focuses on inserting thin and small needles into certain points across the body to stimulate energy flow. The correct flow of energy across the body is beneficial in promoting healing. The International Veterinary Acupuncture Society is a major participant in the increasing popularity for acupuncture for dogs. If you are interested in finding out if this treatment is suitable for your pup, ensure that you visit a verified veterinary acupuncturist to see safe and positive results.

Massages and Acupressure

Since dogs are very active animals, they too are prone to developing muscle and joint pain, especially as they age. Massages for dogs focus on a few key techniques that work on improving blood circulation across your pupโ€™s body. These techniques also help loosen stiff joints and can also be very therapeutic for your dog.

Acupressure, on the other hand, uses the same technique as acupuncture -barring the needles. Therapists use their hands and fingers to concentrate on specific pressure points in order to help alleviate discomfort from tense muscles. It is important to use a gentle touch when giving your dog a massage to avoid any adverse reactions from your canine. A trained veterinary masseuse can prescribe the best-suited massage style for your pet.

Chiropractic care

Chiropractic doctors use their hand and fingers to adjust the vertebrae and spine of your pet in order to increase blood flow to certain areas of the body. Stiff joints can restrict your pupโ€™s activities and can injure him further. Chiropractic treatments are usually sought-after pet owners who have injured dogs. Chiropractic care can also be used in helping your pup have a speedy recovery from an illness or injury. Alternative therapies have found a positive response from pet owners seeking non-medical care and holistic well-being for their pups. As with all healthcare treatments, ensure that you visit only licensed, trained, and qualified veterinarians before seeking out any therapy for your furry friend. 

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