All animals have their particular health issues and the Dachshund is no exception. As we’ve noted before, with its long body and short legs, the breed is prone to back problems that can become serious if not treated proactively. The official diagnosis for many Dachshunds is Intervertebral Disc Disease (IVDD). This is when discs are compressed and material leaks, pressing on the spinal cord and causing an unsteady gait and even paralysis, as well as incontinence. In the worst cases, dachshunds become completely paralyzed, losing their mobility.
Of course, surgery is always an option in cases that do not respond to other treatments, but recently, some have turned to acupuncture for their Dachshunds. Read on to learn more:
What is acupuncture?
Acupuncture is an Ancient Chinese technique that inserts fine needles at specific points in the body, typically where the nerves and blood vessels converge. As a result, the needles help improve blood circulation which improves healing. Acupuncture can also stimulate the nervous system, increasing the release of anti-inflammatory and pain relieving substances.
How does it work?
In recent years, more and more people are turning to acupuncture to help their dogs’ IVDD. Experiments suggest that acupuncture can be very effective on many levels. Most importantly, it seems that acupuncture may cut down on more risky, invasive procedures. There are even cases of dachshunds regaining the ability to walk through acupuncture.
Acupuncture is usually performed in a calm and soothing atmosphere, thus putting your dog at ease. As most humans who have had the treatment can tell you, discomfort is minimal, as the procedure is virtually pain-free. Unlike during surgical procedures, acupuncture can be performed on pets in the owner’s presence, which can keep your dog’s stress level very low. And, if treatment is begun as soon as a problem is recognized, acupuncture has a good success rate. Some Dachshunds who have had acupuncture have recovered completely, and most have led normal, happy lives after treatment.
What should you do?
We love our four-legged friends, and because we do, we want the best for them. However, you should always consult your veterinarian before undertaking any kind of treatment plan. While acupuncture can work for some dogs, it may not work for all, and your Dachshund may still need medications. If your Dachshund is suffering from back issues, talk with your veterinarian about your next course of action.
At Patti’s Dachshund Farm, we want all Dachshunds to be happy and healthy. To learn more about us or our available puppies, contact us today!