Acupuncture for Chronic Urinary Tract Infection (UTI) on a 15-Year-Old Cat
Fortunato, 15-year-old cat with chronic UTI.
The owner was dealing with him bleeding all over the carpet and furniture so she decided to try acupuncture to see if that would help Fortunato.p.1
Graham wants the Fortunato to be as relaxed as possible before needling begins.
He begins his procedure by brushing the patient to soothe it.
He does this with two hands with one hand as the supporting hand and the other has the “brushing” hand.
He brushes through the urinary bladder channel near the spine.
He does this to help open various points where he’ll be needling.p.2
He palpates to treat and assess the back shu points.
“Shu” means transporting. He proceeds to notice the points near the shoulder are tighter than the ones towards the back.
He also plans on pointing a needle in Gallbladder 20 which is in the scalp.
He then stresses how important it is to stay calm to which in turn helps the animal stay relaxed.p.3
Graham talks about how older cats' deficiencies in the kidneys.
This causes him to have anxiety and stress.p.4
Graham uses disposable needles which have different thicknesses.
Some are better on cats than dogs.p.5
Graham feels for the muscle belly towards Ub18 & Ub19 near the spine and gently places the next needle while distracting Fortunato with the other hand.p.6
Fortunato's muscle started to twitch and constrain which shows the needle is properly inserted.p.7
Graham proceeds to palpate and locate the Kidney Shu point and place a needle at Ub23.p.8
Another needle is placed in the gallbladder 20 at the base of the occiput and Yin Yang which is between he eyes in the scalp.p.9
Graham places a needle at Ub64 near the base of the foot.p.10
Fortunato's owner mentions Fortunato no longer has a UTI.
He used to have bad stress behaviors.
He used to bite wires and shoelaces but now he is much calmer and is demeanor is entirely different than what it used to be before acupuncture.p.11
Graham stresses the importance of trying acupuncture yourself to understand more deeply how it works and the benefits it brings.
He talks about how he has to stay relaxed during his procedures to help the animal stay calm.
He says he remains stern dealing with aggressive animals.
He takes control by massaging and helping them to calm down.
Guide tubes help Graham place the needles more precisely.
Acupuncture can help an animal with behavioral issues.
It can help aggressive or angered animals to calm down and be more playful.p.12