Your dog won’t realize it’s a visit from the vet!
In-home acupuncture for your dog eliminates the stress of going to the vet while allowing Dr. Harrison to see your animal in its everyday environment. Because there is no temperature taking or blood draws involved in Dr. Harrison’s house call, your dog will be happy to see her when she rings the doorbell. Acupuncture in stress-free and comfortable surroundings is ideal for maximizing the benefits of Chinese medicine.
Dog Acupuncture FAQs
What are the benefits of using Chinese herbs?
Chinese herbal medicine is an important adjunct therapy to almost all acupuncture. Combinations of powerful natural ingredients can both enhance the effects of the acupuncture and maximize the amount of time that your animal can go between acupuncture treatments. The Chinese herbal formulas used by Dr. Harrison all come from Jing Tang Herbal, a state-of-the-art and closely regulated facility that produces high-quality veterinary herbal medicine. Through Jing Tang Herbal, Dr. Harrison has access to hundreds of herbal medicines. The herbal formula she selects for your animal depends on the animal’s Bian Zheng—the results of his/her Chinese physical exam.
What form do the herbs come in and will my dog eat them?
Most herbal formulas are used for anywhere between 1 and 6 months. For an acute problem or injury, your animal may only need a short course of herbal medicine. For more chronic problems, herbal therapy may be extended. The Chinese herbs come in several different forms and the form that your animal is prescribed will depend on his/her temperament and appetite. Tea pills are tiny black balls that can be easily hidden in food. The capsule form is an option for more picky eaters and powder is generally reserved for larger dogs and all horses. Many of the more commonly-used herbal medications also come in concentrated forms to ease administration. While goats, camelids and other ruminants can be safely given herbal medication, their unique form of digestion requires a MUCH higher dosage of the herb—this is often cost-prohibitive or impractical.
Some examples of commonly prescribed herbs:
- Body Sore (good for treating soft tissue injuries, back pain and musculoskeletal problems)
- Shen Calmer (good for calming anxious animals)
- Stasis Breaker (good for slowing tumor growth in stable animals)
- Hindquarter Weakness (good for stabilizing and promoting hind-end strength in dogs with lumbosacral problems)
- Tendon and Ligament Formula (good for promoting healing of tendon/ligament injuries including cruciate tears in dogs)
- External Wind (good for quieting down itchy skin)
- Double P II (good for treating acute intervertebral disc disease)
- Jin Suo Gu Jing/Suo Quan Wan (good for treating urinary incontinence)
- Dok’s Formula (good for treating arthritis, chronic joint pain, hip dysplasia and degenerative joint disease)
- Hip dysplasia
- Back pain (including intervertebral disc disease)
- Hind-end weakness
- Cruciate ligament tears
- Acute herniated disc
- Post-operative pain management
- Urinary incontinence
- Skin disease and allergies
- Chronic diarrhea (including IBD)
- Cancer (adjunctive therapy to radiation/chemo)
- Kidney failure
- Respiratory problems
- Endocrine problems (including diabetes, hypothyroidsim Cushings)
- Laryngeal paralysis
- Separation anxiety