Arthritis in Dogs: What You Can Do at Home

Caring for your arthritic dog involves paying attention to his comfort.

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Acupressure is a close cousin to acupuncture. The difference is that acupressure doesn't use needles. Acupressure uses finger pressure on specific areas to unblock meridians of energy, which in turn release endorphins that help relieve pain and strengthen an animalboth physically and mentally.

Cheryl Schwartzs book Four Paws, Five Directions is an excellent resource for learning acupressure, but it would be even better to have hands-on training. Most holistic veterinarians skilled in Asian medicine will be more than happy to show you what acupressure points benefit your pets condition, as well as teach you how to perform acupressure.

Next step: Educate Yourself  

Reprinted from The Essential Guide to Natural Pet Care for Dogs & Cats: Arthritis © 1999. Permission granted by BowTie Press.

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