So, your pet has been diagnosed with eye disease and you’re probably wondering what you can do to ease their suffering and create the best possible outcome. I get it. The good news is that acupuncture, often performed by your own holistic veterinarian, is a great place to start.

The eye is surrounded by acupuncture points. These points stimulate the eye to return to normal function. Dry eye, glaucoma (high fluid pressure in the eye), and ulcers (corneal scratches) can all be treated successfully with acupuncture treatments.

In fact, because four acupuncture channels (called meridians) either start or end at the eye, an acupuncturist can treat the eye with needles placed far away from the eye but on a channel that ends at (and impacts) the eye. This is important — and convenient — for those patients who won’t let their head be touched; for animals who have too much eye pain to let anyone touch them without pain medication.

One of the great things about acupuncture is it uses the nervous system to connect remote parts with each other – like a finger or toe with the eye. If your horse has an ulcer that is slow to heal, if your cat has glaucoma, if your dog has dry eye, ask your holistic veterinarian to add acupuncture therapy to their treatment plan for faster healing and better results; thus a better quality of life for your precious pet.

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