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Features July 2019 Issue

Acupuncture for What Ails Him?

For relief from arthritis, disc disease, nausea, and other conditions, acupuncture gains ground.

Acupuncture treatment, by many accounts, is proving valuable in treating dogs suffering from such ailments as musculoskeletal pain and nausea as well as various side effects of chemotherapy. Tufts veterinary school graduate Karen Fine, DVM, who practices in Massachusetts, describes one dog who was in so much pain from apparent disc disease in his neck that she told his owners if acupuncture didnít help, and they declined to take him for a workup by veterinary specialists, they should seriously consider putting him down to relieve him of his misery. But within five days of his first treatment ó when Dr. Fine inserted a number of thin needles in his skin and left them there for 20 minutes ó he was 60 percent better. Today, he is 90 percent improved. Acupuncture literally saved his life.

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