By Charlotte Thun-Hohenstein
Balancing your dog’s qi may not be the first thing pet owners worry about, but it may be on their minds soon. Acupuncture popularity is, no doubt, growing in Western society—devotees of the practice (3 million every year in the US alone) swear by its ability to relieve all manner of aches and pains from arthritis to migraines. Now the therapy is gaining a following among cats and dogs.
Drs Shelley Skopit and Damian Battersby are both keen advocates of ‘healing arts services’ and have been offering acupuncture and laser therapy to pets since they acquired the Park Animal Hospital in 2013. While the scientific community remains confused about its view on traditional Chinese veterinary medicine (TCVM), not only do supporters cite the use of acupuncture on pets for thousands of years in China (originally to help farm animals going through labor) and Park Animal Hospital clients appear happy with the results.
BreakThru News spoke this week with the two doctors about their approach to the growing trend. Dr. Skopit is trained in TCVM in addition to conventional veterinary practice, and both doctors emphasize that they work to combine Eastern and Western therapies, not replace one with the other. After all, acupuncture may not cure cancer, but it might reduce the animal’s suffering significantly.
Host, Writer – Charlotte Thun-Hohenstein
Video Editor – Andy Morell
Script Supervisor – Matthew DeMello
Research – Lisa Autz
with guests – Dr. Shelley Skopit, Dr. Damian Battersby