A common query I receive about veterinary acupuncture: how do you get them to sit for it? Do you have to sedate them? No, I do not sedate pets for acupuncture. There are dogs who love acupuncture ( I am thinking of Tosco the Golden Retriever who stretched out in acupuncture position when he saw me at the door,); there are dogs who detest acupuncture (I am thinking of Sofi with whom I wrestle while inserting needles.) Many cats do not enjoy being touched by strangers and can be difficult to treat. Rusty is an exception!
The first time Rusty came to my office for acupuncture therapy to help manage his hyperthyroid disease and kidney insufficiency, he walked about, suspiciously surveying my office. During treatment he shifted around until we found his favorite position: lying on top of his Mom. Once his needles were in he relaxed. In subsequent weeks he learned the routine, and started to get that blissful look in his eyes soon after the first couple of needles were placed. The calming effect is now lasting: on his last trip to his regular veterinarian to monitor his thyroid and kidney values he calmly allowed his blood to be drawn- none of the usual protest or hissing!