The Thai Journal of Veterinary Medicine


A beagle dog, aged 10 years old, was presented with anal relaxation. Chronic arthrosis of hip joints had beendiagnosed and treated on this dog’s first visit to the National Chung Hsing University Veterinary Medicine Teachinghospital. Except for unwillingness to walk on both hind limbs, pain on both hips and uncontrolled defecation due toanal relaxation, no other clinical signs were found during physical examination. The body temperature was 38.60C.CRT was normal (less than 2 sec). Heart beat was 110 beats/min and strong pulse was palpated. Based on theGlasgow composite pain scale, the pain scale of this dog was 2. Radiology of the hips revealed moderate hipdysplasia with osteoarthritis. The dog was then treated with acupuncture twice a week for 3 weeks with the owner’sconsent. The local acupoints were GV-1 (Chang-qiang), Bai-hui, and GB-30 (Huan-tiao). After the treatment for 3weeks, the dog was willing to walk with less pain on the hips during physical examination, and the defecation couldbe controlled by the anal sphincter. Thus, it is suggested that acupuncture may be an alternative therapy to improvethe symptoms of osteoarthritis of hip joints and anal relaxation in dogs.



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