Traditional Chinese veterinary medicine (TCVM), which includes acupuncture, is an ancient practice that has been gaining in popularity in the United States. Our geriatric pets can greatly benefit from these techniques. Even healthy dogs can see improvements in energy, attitude, physical performance and overall quality of life.
Dogs love to be touched, and massage in particular can be very enjoyable. It is also very helpful for a senior dog's health—improving blood flow, stimulating the immune system, and reducing pain. In this post, Grey Muzzle President Jennifer Kachnic explains the benefits and types of canine massage.
Veterinarian Dr. Julie Buzby, a Grey Muzzle Advisory Board Member, explains some of the reasons why older dogs can be restless at night, and how a vet makes a diagnosis. She offers hope for sleepless dogs and their people, and suggests common remedies for this malady.
Conventional medicine is not the only option for dogs suffering from pain, whether it is from arthritis, or a muscle or joint injury. In this week's Health and Wellness post, Jennifer Kachnic, President of The Grey Muzzle Organization, discusses several alternative therapies that can help with pain management.