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Welcome to acupuncture in practice! This week we’re taking a look at a common feline medical condition – hepatic lipidosis. This liver condition occurs when an overweight cat stops eating for some reason. Sometimes we know why, sometimes we don’t. Typically, the cat becomes stressed or develops some type of sickness that makes them feel unwell and lose their appetite. Because they are not taking in calories, the liver begins to mobilize fats and the cat becomes toxic and icteric (there is often a yellow tinge to the whites of the eyes and/or the skin). What can acupuncture do for cats with hepatic lipidosis? Acupuncture can be a super helpful adjunctive treatment to help these cats feel better, stimulate their appetite, and support the Liver. Strategies:The top priority in these cats is to get them eating. Along with conventional therapies, acupuncture can be used to reduce nausea and improve appetite. Favorite points for these indications include: PC 6, CV 12, BL 20, BL 21, ST 36, SP 6, Shan gen. Acupuncture can also support the Liver (in both the TCM and conventional sense). Favorite points for this indication include: LIV 3, LIV 13, BL 18, GB 34. I will often utilize the Luo-Source point pair strategy in these cats to support the organs under the most distress. For the Spleen, this means needling SP 3 and ST 40. For the Liver, LIV 3 and GB 37. Reducing stress and improving overall wellbeing is also helpful. Favorite points for this indication include: GV 20, An Shen, PC 6, HT 7, BL 42. Of course, if there is underlying disease or dysfunction in the conventional or TCM sense, this will need to be addressed for the best long-term results. These cats are resistant to eating … acupuncture is a tool that can be employed without relying on oral administration or absorption by the GI tract. If the cat undergoes the procedure to have a feeding tube placed, herbal support can be administered through the tube along with conventional medications. Each cat who experiences hepatic lipidosis is unique, but as long as the patient is open to acupuncture or laser acupuncture, it should be helpful in some way in every case. This post is created by Nell Ostermeier, DVM, CVA, FAAVA and is intended for informational use, not to replace medical advice. If you are a veterinarian and would like to have more conversations about veterinary acupuncture, you can join her private, vet only FB group Every Day Acupuncture for Vets. ... See MoreSee Less
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