3 Things To Understand Before Using Acupuncture To Treat Your Dog’s Anxiety

If you have a really anxious dog who just will not calm down, you can work with your vet to treat your dog. One way to treat your dog's anxiety is with acupuncture. Before treating your dog's anxiety with acupuncture, here are a few things you need to understand about your dog's care.

#1 Always Work with A Board-Certified Veterinary Acupuncturist

You do not want to take your dog to just any person for acupuncture treatment. Treating a dog with acupuncture is different than treating a person. Dogs have unique acupuncture points that are connected to specific points of their body. You want to work with an acupuncturist who has been specifically trained to work with animals.

You also want to work with an acupuncturist who is certified by your state's veterinary board. That means that not only is the acupuncturist trained to work with animals, they are also trained vet as well. You want to take your pet to someone who has the training to understand multiple ways of treating your pet and knows how to look out for issues with your pet.

#2 Know Your Dog's Entire Medical History

When you take your dog in for acupuncture treatment, make sure that you have your dog's files transferred to the acupuncturist or bring a copy of your dog's files with you. You want the acupuncturist to know how to treat your dog the best way possible. Bring your dog's full medical history with you will allow your dog's acupuncturist to get a full look at your dog's overall health. Looking at your dog's medical history will also alert the acupuncturist of any issues that they need to be aware of when it comes to your dog and their medical history.

Your dog's acupuncturist should sit down with you and go over your dog's medical history and how your dog specifically exhibits their anxiety before they begin treatment.

#3 Be Prepared To Be Present For Treatment

If your dog suffers from anxiety, you should be prepared to be present for your dog's acupuncture treatment. The vet will work with your dog, read their mood, and use specific techniques so that your dog doesn't feel the needles go into their skin.

The vet is also going to want you to stick around. The vet may want you to hold your dog, or just sit next to your dog to keep them calm. Your role is going to be to stay calm and help keep your dog calm as they undergo treatment. You play an important role in your dog's acupuncture treatment, so be ready to be present with your dog while they are getting treated.

Make sure that you find a board-certified veterinary acupuncturist to take your dog to, be sure to bring your dog's medical history with you and be prepared to stick around for the treatment sessions to help your dog stay calm while they undergo treatment.