What You Should Know About Canine Acupuncture

Debra MulrooneyDebra Mulrooney, DAOM, LAC is a doctor of acupuncture and oriental medicine who has been licensed by the Oregon Medical Board since 1992. She is currently the Associate Dean of Clinical Education and a clinical faculty member at the Oregon College of Oriental Medicine.

In 2010, Debra started volunteering acupuncture services for GBR foster dogs to help them during their rehabilitation and recovery. GBR foster dogs are seen free of charge at Milner Veterinary Hospital in Oregon City on Saturday mornings by appointment and referral from their primary veterinarian. In Oregon, Statute 686.040(4) allows acupuncturists to practice on animals if the practice is upon referral from a licensed veterinarian for treatment or therapy specified by the veterinarian.

Chinese medicine predates the development of western scientific approaches to health care and as such, has its own perception of the body, health, and disease. Basic theories were developed through the observation of changes when animals or humans were treated with acupuncture. Acupuncture needles that are made of stone and dated atapproximately 4000 years have been found in caves in China. Also, depictions on cave walls of animals and humans being treated with acupuncture have been dated at over 5000 years. Today, acupuncture needles are sterile single use filiform needles which are medically disposed of immediately after treatment.

There are 365 “regular” acupuncture points on the 12 channels of the body.Each point has specific actions when stimulated and combinations of points are used to take advantage of the synergistic reactions between them. The duration of each treatment session depends on the condition being treated and the tolerance of the patient but usually takes an hour.

Most research on acupuncture has focused on pain control. Studies have generally been conducted on humans and animals living with chronic pain. Musculoskeletal, neurologic, intervertebral disc disease, lameness, and degenerative joint disease such as arthritis are commonly treated conditions. Some veterinary professionals have reported greater flexibility, as well as increased energy and stamina in their patients after being treated by Debra. Additionally, Debra has successfully treated animals undergoing chemotherapy to decrease digestive related issues and support quality of life.

If you parenting a GBR foster dog and feel they might benefit from care, you may contact Dr. Mulrooney at 503-253-3443 extension 139 or email her at [email protected] to discuss treatment. Debra also sees GBR Goldens that have found their forever homes and strives to make acupuncture affordable.

Note From GBR President Jill Groves:

Dr. Mulrooney has been treating Duke, one of our long time foster dogs who has recently found his forever home, for several years. GBR is convinced that without Dr. Mulrooney’s treatmnt, as well as swim therapy, Duke would never have become strong enough to have surgery to correct his bent rear legs.

Additionally, Dr. Mulrooney has been treating Scooby, a dog who had surgery for two floating knee caps. After a few treatments, Scooby has begun to raise up on his rear legs. get the zoomies and play like a normal dog.