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Feature July 2019 Issue

Acupuncture for What  Ails Him?

Chris Bibby sits with her cat, Carlton, while he undergoes an acupuncture treatment for his kidney disease.

Acupuncture for What Ails Him?

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

Acupuncture treatment, by all accounts, has had significant effects on cats suffering from 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 cat who was over-grooming herself to the point that she had hair loss. But after a few acupuncture treatments, during which Dr. Fine inserted a number of thin needles in her skin and left them there for 20 minutes, she started licking less, and her hair started growing back.

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