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Acupuncture and laser light therapy

Laser light therapy, acupuncture and electro-acupuncture can be very beneficial to assist with re-establishment of nerve connections in the body. Any one of these therapies can be started right away if in your budget... they not only help relieve pain and inflammation but will kick start nerves to begin regeneration.  CAUTION: Laser light therapy is contra-indicated with tumors.  Xrays are used to rule out other disease mimicking a disc problem such as tumor, fracture, etc.

When using conservative treatment which requires strict restriction of movement of the spine, the benefits of treatment must be weighed against the risk of transport, particularly when IVDD symptoms are mild, such as wobbly walking or knuckling, or when transporting a large dog that cannot be lifted.  Sometimes acupuncturists can be found who will come to the home to administer treatment.

With more severe neurological damage, these therapies work best when given together rather than separately.  With more severe paralysis, electro acupuncture can be very effective.

electo-acupuncture sends a microcurrent of electricity to and from acupuncture points... the big nerve bundles

laser light therapy at U of F


acupuncture with needles stimulates nerve points

Finding a veterinarian in pet acupuncture   [holistic vets]  [AAVA (American Academy of Veterinary Acupuncture]  [IVAS International Veterinary Acupuncture Society]


This information is presented for educational purposes and as a resource for the dog IVDD community. The coordinators are not veterinarians or health care professionals. Nothing herein should be interpreted as medical advice and all should contact their pet care professionals for advice. The coordinators are not responsible for the substance and content contained herein and do not advocate any particular product, item or position contained herein.

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