Dachshunds, oftentimes called “hotdogs” with their unique long backs, are one of the cutest dog breeds in the world. But their uniqueness comes with a price as the length of their backs can cause health problems in the lumbar area. Acupuncture is now being used to help treat and relieve back pains for this endearing breed in Japan.
With the number of pet dogs in Japan reaching a high of 11.5 million, it is estimated that one of out ten Japanese families have at least one dog and with it also saw the rise of pet care procedures and clinics. While the acupuncture procedure can be quite scary, just imagine turning your dog into a porcupine, it can work in easing work and pain in pets. But don’t just bring your dog to undergo this procedure to anyone, there are veterinary acupuncturist and veterinary chiropractor certified to do the procedure. Also, better ask first if the procedure is suitable to your dog’s breed.
The Marina Street Okada animal hospital is certified to perform this procedure and has treated a Dachshund named Chocolate last April for lumbar disk herniation. The effectiveness of the procedure varies. In some cases, a Dachshund named Zoey who suffered from Type 1 Intervertebral Disc Disease regained full body function after having acupuncture, thus saving her from a life of being unable to use her back legs and paralysis.