Your Facebook and Instagram feeds were probably flooded with shots of everyone’s favorite canines the other week on National Dog Day (I know mine was!)— and it got me thinking about a friend of mine, Morgan Dixon, who does acupuncture for cats and dogs.
You read that right—she’s a veterinary acupuncturist!
Morgan has been a licensed and practicing vet for 14 years, and she became certified in veterinary acupuncture seven years ago. I always marvel at our conversations about acupuncture, and how meridians in dogs’ bodies are just about the same as ours, and how my friend treats animals with needles and pressure points just about the same way I do with my human patients.
That’s a great testament to the power of acupuncture and Chinese herbs, which she prescribes to pets too. (You should hear our chats about different formulas!) Unlike me, though, Morgan deals quite a bit with animals at the end of their lives to make those who have various ailments, often cancer, more comfortable.
She’s not limited to end-of-life care, though, and treats conditions and problems just as I do, like pain, anxiety, seizures, allergies. Humans, I thought, must be way easier to administer needles to, but she told me that once she puts the first needle in a dog, it immediately becomes mellow. How about that?!
It’s amazing how we both speak the same language of acupuncture and how it translates across different species—just another way acupuncture has incredible healing results.
Morgan’s website is www.shayshayvet.com for those who are interested in finding out more information.