Acupuncture for Arthritis on a 13-Year-Old Border Collie
Peter is a 13 yr old border collie who came in with arthritis. Peter was moving very slow, had a hard time standing up and going back down.
But through acupuncture, Peter is moving like a puppy again.
The owners wanted to try acupuncture for Peter because they do acupuncture themselves and understand its benefits.p.1
While Graham palpates Peter's back, he notices Urinary bladder 18 & 19 are tight. He also notices this with the Ub23 as well.
He continues to palpate and massage (acupressure) the areas to help open those shu points up in preparation for needling.
There are muscle spasms occurring during these points.p.2
Graham begins to administer the needles in the aforementioned back shu points.
He twists them afterwards to provide some extra stimulation. He lets them sit to allow them to do their work.p.3
All the needles he uses are the same length at 30mm long but the thickness varies.
He uses a 0.16, 0.20, and a 0.20 depending on the animal's needs.
If they need more stimulation, the thicker needles are usually preferred.p.4
Graham continues to put more needles in Peter at the desired locations.
He even decides to put one in "yintang" which is between the eyes on the scalp.
He puts one in the leg at Gallbladder 34. Graham wants to put one at Ub64 near Peter's infected toe but he feels that might be too much for Peter.
He puts one in his left back foot instead.p.5
The owner felt Peter was getting injured more and more due to his arthritis.
The vet suggested anti-inflammatory medicine but it upsetted Peter's stomach so they wanted to find other options to treat their pets so they decided on acupuncture.
They're grateful they found Graham because Peter has improved so much.p.6
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.7