Acupuncture for Dogs for Growth Plate Deformity
by Sari Grove
(Toronto, Ontario, Canada)
As you can see, the left paw is severely disfigured, and the right paw is beginning to compensate
Could acupuncture (or any other holistic treatment) be an alternative to Distraction Osteogenesis for the deformed growth of a growth plate in the left paw due to trauma shock as a puppy?
Hello, I am looking for any information regarding using acupuncture for dogs as a veterinary therapy to correct a left front paw deformity. (Notice in the picture that the right paw is compensating now for the left paw's deformity) My dog, Lulu, is a 13 month old bichon frise shitsu cross female who apparently fractured her growth plate as a puppy, possibly 5-8 months ago.
My conventional veterinarian has diagnosed this as Distraction Osteogenesis and says that the only way to repair it is to re-break the bone, put pins in & allow the bone to regrow longer. If at all possible, I would really like to avoid this.
I am looking for any & all alternatives to pin surgery. (The reason I reference acupuncture as a possible solution is because I underwent acupuncture with electric stimulus therapy myself for years & successfully corrected mild scoliosis of the spine.)
Can you share any success stories about correcting a paw turning out too far without pin surgery?
Can surgery be postponed indefinitely?
Is lameness inevitable without surgery?
Can acupuncture or any other treatments be substituted for this type of surgery?
If so, where can I find veterinary practitioners who specifically know how to do acupuncture as alternative for distraction osteogenesis in a puppy paw to correct shortness compression caused by trauma shock fracture to the paw?
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