Examples of Dogs Helped by Acupuncture

Acupuncture is an ancient Chinese medical practice that can be used to treat a variety of health problems, both physical and mental, and it can help improve your emotional well-being. Many people have experienced first-hand the benefits of acupuncture – relief from chronic pain, depression, anxiety, headaches, allergies, digestive problems, and more.

This spring, we’ll be featuring a series of posts by Dr. Ruth West, a Certified Veterinary Acupuncturist and owner of Karma K9 Mobile Acupuncture. These posts will help you understand what acupuncture is and how it may be able to help your pet.

This week, Dr. West briefly tells the stories of three dogs who she treated with acupuncture and how they benefited from those treatments.

Dogs Helped by Acupuncture


Katie, pictured here with her best friend, Boogie, was a 14-year-old Weimaraner who started to have trouble with mobility. She struggled to rise and slipped on the hardwood floors. Her owners were concerned about her pain and quality of life. Katie began weekly acupuncture treatments and happily celebrated her 16th birthday surrounded by family and friends!


Maddie was a 15-year-old Springer who had horrible arthritis in her hips, knees and spine. She loved her twice monthly acupuncture sessions and was able to live the rest of her days happy and relatively free of pain.


Sophie is a sweet 11-year-old lab who tore her Cranial Cruciate (knee) ligament. Her owners were hesitant to put her through surgery, so they chose acupuncture to help with the pain and inflammation and bring healing to the area. Now, she runs to the door to greet me!

These are just a few examples of issues that can be treated with acupuncture. Ask your veterinarian if acupuncture can help your pet!

Ruth West

Doctor of Veterinary Medicine
Certified Veterinary Acupuncturist
Certified Canine Rehabilitation Practitioner
Owner of Karma K9 Mobile Acupuncture

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