Chilko, like any 15 year old dog, has definitely slowed in recent years. And his owner Gino Furano wants to make Chino’s senior years as comfortable as they can be.
Like many in North America, Furano turned to the more holistic approach of acupuncture to help Chilko regain his strength and improve mobility and his quality of life. Owners have increasingly exposed to acupuncture as a way to help their pets who’ve suffered from everyday pains and strains, sudden injuries, chronic or palliative illness, or as in Chilko’s case, easing the pain of their senior years.
As a result of his treatment Chilko seems to be showing some improvement. Furano says “He’s still mobile. He’s eating. He’s happy and he’s doing really, really well. ”
It’s not uncomfortable or painful. In fact during the Chilko’s sessions Furano sits on the floor alongside him, often just snoozing. Dr. Yanhui Qi who administers the treatment advises that it works as it does on human patients. As it’s known to be working when movement becomes less labored and the pain is obviously reduced.
In recent years owners have become more open-minded and accepting of the value of a holistic veterinary approach. Treatments can often be done in tandem with more traditional medicine, giving pet parents options to ease what may ail their pets.
Acupuncture as a pet-therapy is considered to be a newer approach in North America its increasingly shown to aid in pain reduction of felines and canines alike. The American Animal Hospital Association and American Association of Feline Practitioners have jointly expressed
“ There is a solid and still growing body of evidence for the use of acupuncture for the treatment of pain in veterinary medicine to the extent that it is now an accepted treatment . . . for painful animals.”
Dr. Ihor Basko, DVM, has a private practice in Honolulu and often incorporates acupuncture into his holistic based practice. He deems it to be more than just pain relief, but also a treatment that improves both organ function and immune systems. With its increase in popularity, and proven positive results it certainly seems to be an option worthy of exploration.
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