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Despite the fact many of its practices are thousands of years old, Eastern, or non-traditional, medicine is becoming more popular today than ever. Acupuncture is one specialized facet of non-traditional medicine that not only entered the mainstream; it's become a treatment option for our pets. The specific origin of acupuncture is uncertain, said Rodney Bagley, a veterinary neurosurgeon. “No one knows if it originally came from China, Korea, or India but it's widely held that the Chinese perfected it. Dr. Bagley recently completed a three-week certification course learning veterinary acupuncture techniques. The specific mechanism of how acupuncture works is uncertain. Theories include stimulation of the release of natural chemicals with in the body or stimulation of neuromechanical mechanisms that diminish pain and promote healing. Local micro-trauma from the needle itself may also play a role. There are more than 150 acupuncture points on a dog's body There are more than 150 acupuncture points on a dog's body with 50-100 of those points being most commonly used. Overall, acupuncture is based on a principle of restoring balance with in the body. Veterinary ailments acupuncture is most commonly used for are pain management and diseases of the liver, kidney, and skin. Generally, acupuncture treatments are combined with traditional approaches to healing such as physical therapy or the use of medications. Just as with any medical treatment, acupuncture has innate risks associated with it. According to Dr. Bagley There is always potential for site infection, but that's rare because the needles used are small. Acupuncture's effect on animals is usually positive or none at all. There have been some studies that showed it increased the growth of certain forms of cancer so it shouldn't be used in those circumstances. Veterinary acupuncture isn't widely available yet. If you think it could benefit your pet ask your veterinarian for more information or a referral. Acupuncture isn't a panacea, but it's another tool to treat ailments and enhance the quality of our pet's lives. Despite the amazing scientific advances in veterinary medicine, one of the most exciting new treatments may be thousands of years old.

I'm a little concerned about my beagle's eye. He is 4 months old and since we bought him from a breeder, we noticed that one of his eyes looked different from the other. It seems that his eyeball tends to bulge out a bit and the white of his eye is visible in the corner. After inspecting it closer, it seems that his iris is an irregular shape, slightly oval. Sometimes the white of his eye looks slightly red (in the corner). It does not seem to cause him discomfort, although he does get slight tear stains which are clear. He does not have these issues with his other eye.


We have taken him to the vets and mentioned this, however the vet did not seem concerned and told us he had mild conjunctivitis. She did not prescribe any medication.

Sometimes pet owners does something that irritate their veterinarians, what about the stuffs that vet does makes pet owners go crazy???

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My scottie barks when I leave him. I have never had this problem with any of my other dogs and I do not know what to do about it. I do know that citronella collars have worked for others.

My partner and I adopted an American Pitbull terrier mix at 6 months old. She'll be a year old in April. She is the sweetest dog in the world. She LOVES other dogs but has some trouble with people. When we're at the dog park she'll go up to greet people and if you have a dog with you she is fine but she'll back away and bark and quietly growl when people come in our house, no matter how many times she's met you. She'll also do this in public places but is pickier and sometimes it's people who approach her incorrectly, reach for the top of her head, stare her in the eyes or are generally sketchy looking people. 

At home we try and meet people outside and all walk in together and we give our guests treats and tell them to ignore her. This seems to work after a few minutes and she'll settle down but if a guest gets up or makes any loud noises she might bark or growl under her breath.
Whenever she meets someone she always looks at their faces and since she's
So cute I know it's hard not to look back at her. Her litter was raised to be bait dogs as far as we know but we get together to play with her sisters all the time and they don't have any fear problems at all.
I guess I'm just wondering if we're doing everything right or if anyone has any suggestions. She's very smart and well-trained. Thanks!

I have a 7 year old dog who was diagnosed last June (after an endoscopy) with esophagus, stomach duodenal ulcers and possible IBS.  He doesn't have the usual symptoms of vomiting or diarrhea. just in extreme stomach pain at times.  My vet felt it could be from a food allergy/intolerance.  I was feeding Natures Receipe Lamb and Rice,  and now on a prescription diet of Hills d/d , salmon and potato and numerous meds. prednisone, ompeprazole, sucralfate, etc.  I was weaning him off most of the meds, (per vet) only 1-10mg Pred. and Omeprazole every 3rd day.  Did fairly well for a couple of months until last week, when we had another episode of extreme stomach pain.  So off to the vet again for some heavy duty pain meds. and back on all the other medication daily.  She again mentioned a food allergy as nothing in his blood test suggest anything either.  Could it be he has become allergic to the Hills d/d after eating it for 6 months.  Has anybody gone through this with there dog and if so, help what was the solution.  There is no reason for this happening that we can find.  This usually happen in the middle of the night or early morning.  Feeding twice a day.  Any feedback would help, at my wits end.

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MJR

I rescued a 2 yr.old female maltese mix. Have had her for about 5 months. She is crate trained and goes willingly when we head to bed. She sleeps in our room. For the past 3 days/nights she has been sleeping a good bit during the day (she does not want to play with toys) and at night she is whining and keeping us awake. Any suggestions? Thanks.

We have a 13 yr old Airedale, 3 yr old Yorkie, & 7 month old German Shorthair Pointer. Our Yorkie has always been sweet and loving. However, she won't completely accept our GSP. She constantly chases and nips him. He is afraid of her and runs away which leads to a chaotic chasing situation that doesn't stop into we separate them. At night our Yorkie will lay next to him and walk by him while he is laying down. We've tried some different techniques, but can't find one that stops this.  Any ideas would be greatly appreciated. Thank you!

Playing baseball in a parking lot and met my best friend for 10 years (who knew a hot dog was all it would take), I named her Sadie. She was full grown when we found each other and I've never known what breed she was... Maybe someone could suggest a breeder or someone who sells dogs who look similar to her? She was an awesome dog!!!

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I have a 13 yr. old chihuahua she is 16 lbs. about 2 months ago she started having a lunp on her stomach it was hard at first then 1 week ago it got very soft. I had started her on lots of different herbs. this has not stopped her she still does her normal things eats drinks and go outside. I took her to a vet and she said since it already drained she should be fine. well my problem now is it keeps filling up with pus if it closes up, also she has hard lumps about the size of a quarter of a cupcake. I have no more money for a vet now, I am at my wits end please help///////////

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