Dog Acupuncture to Treat Mobility Issues

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Acute pain can affect the mood and movement of a dog. Degenerative joint diseases, Osteoporosis, and arthritis are perhaps the commonest mobility issues that affect dogs, though there are a number of other problems that may occur. 

There are many ways mobility issues in dogs can affect their moods, the unexpected ways are;

• Poor self-grooming attitude

• Poor appetite

• Behavioral issues

• Sudden aggression

• Constant soiling of the house

Poor Self Groom Issues in Dogs with Mobility Issues 

Though most dogs don’t indulge in self-grooming like cats, they often shake or lick the dirt and excess hair from their bodies. Dogs may stop grooming themselves if the movement causes pain. Dogs suffering from mobility issues such as Osteoarthritis will require more frequent brushing in order to prevent matting. 

Nails can also grow much longer when dogs walk less and these nails can start harboring germs and dirt more frequently. Some dogs may not be able to adopt their normal posture when defaecating or urinating. 

Poor Appetite as a Sign of Mobility Issues in Dogs 

Mobility issues such as joint pain may affect the way your dog eats. It can be difficult for a dog to eat in the same spot if she finds it difficult to move up and down the stairs. If the floor is slippery, it can further aggravate mobility problems, making your dog shy away from going to a spot to eat. 

If you notice your dog is eating much less of her favorite food, try to adjust the location and bring the eating bowl closer.  Sometimes, it will be ideal to feed the dog with a raised bowl if she has mobility issues with the neck. 

Behavioral Changes as a Sign of Mobility Issues in Dogs 

Behavioral changes are usually the first sign of mobility issues in dogs, but most of these changes are subtle and go unnoticed. You may discover that your dog often gets tired easily during a walk and she may even withdraw from playing with you.  Mobility issues can affect movement; hence it can affect the interaction between you and the dog. 

If your dog suddenly feels reluctant to follow you up and down the stairs like she used to or she stopped greeting you enthusiastically, then she might have developed mobility issues. similarly, your dog may start avoiding certain areas of the house, these include the slippery hardwood and tiles. 

Sudden Aggression as a Sign of Mobility Issues in Dogs 

As the intensity of joint pain increases, a dog may become easily irritated. The dog may show aggressive behavior when you accidentally touch or bump into the area of the body with pain. Dogs that are normally aggressive with mobility issues normally do so when they are asked to move quicker than what they can actually do.

Most dogs who are in serious mobility pain are prone to snapping constantly especially when the owner wants to lift them from the floor or when a kid accidentally bump into them. If you have aging dogs around you, it is important to treat them with some respect and privacy. 

House Soiling as a Sign of Mobility Issues in Dogs

A dog that is having difficulties in getting up may start having accidents in and around the house more often. Some dogs with mobility issues will no longer enjoy having walks and some may not even dare go outside of their private area. A dog will naturally avoid anything that can exacerbate her pains. 

When your dog can no longer move in and out, she will tend to soil the house even more. It is important to talk to a veterinarian to check for possible symptoms of mobility issues in your dog. 

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Dealing with Dog Mobility Issues Through Acupuncture

Acupuncture is usually part of a medical treatment plan for dogs suffering from mobility issues. Make sure you don’t wait until your dog can no longer walk before you get her treated with acupuncture. 

Acupuncture therapy is becoming more popular in treating dogs suffering from a number of canine ailments. These ailments include Muscle tension, joint mobility, and osteoarthritis. It involves the use of needles that vary in gauge sizes, and the illness being treated will determine where and how the Acupuncture needles are placed and where they are placed on the body. It normally involves the strategic placement of needles along the specific paths where pain signals travel. The needles are left for a specific time in order to restore the flow of blood and reduce the intensity of the pain gradually. 

What are the Benefits of Acupuncture Treatments in Dogs with Mobility Issues?

Acupuncture is very efficient but it does not provide instant treatment for mobility in dogs. What it does is to speed up the recovery of the treated dog. It can be very effective in dealing with paralysis, muscle strains, Geriatric pains, Trauma, and Cervical disc pain. 

When properly administered, Acupuncture will increase blood flow, relax the pained muscles, Improves the range of motion, Increase the stimulation of anti-inflammatory hormones, and Strengthens the immune system of the dog. All these benefits will eventually speed up the recovery of the dog from mobility issues. 

The recovery of the dog from symptoms of mobility issues will depend largely on the severity of the problem. Since mobility issues are more rampant in older dogs than younger ones, older dogs must be given preferential treatment by dog owners by assisting them to overcome mobility issues. They must be walked less and allowed to roam outdoors less frequently, to reduce the impact of mobility issues on their lives. 


Despite its effectiveness in facilitating the recovery of a dog suffering from mobility issues, it is important to note that many mobility problems cannot be treated effectively with Acupuncture alone. It is important that a veterinarian perform proper diagnosis of the problem in order to recommend the type of acupuncture that will be most efficient for treatment. In most cases, the doctor will also recommend some lifestyle changes for the dog, in order to make acupuncture treatments more efficient and faster. 

dogChase Stehrall, health