If Your Pup Is Going Through Chemo These Points May Help With Neurotoxicity



Cancer in dogs is on the rise. While there are several ways to fight this it appears that an integrative approach is a good way  to handle the treatment and any undesirable side effects.

“Fifty percent of dogs over the age of 10 develop cancer at some point. We see malignant lymphoma, which is a tumor of the lymph nodes. We see mast cell tumors, which is a form of skin cancer. There are mammary gland tumors, or breast cancer, and soft tissue sarcomas. We also see a fair amount of bone cancer in dogs.” WEBMD

There is an article below that gives more details on this as well as a list of holistic vets in the US   Herbs, Acupuncture , Reiki and other modalities are being used with Western to help prolong the life and increase quality of life in pets with cancer





Here are the two points from the study to help relieve the neuro side  effects of the chemo.

LI4  is on the inside of the dew claw of the front paw If no dew claw then where the dew claw would be.

LIV3  between the 2nd and 3rd metatarsal bone at the junction of the metatarsophalangeal joint  or hind legs where the inside toe meets the top of the paw


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Addittional points to help with other chemo side effects


Chemo can be tough on the body and the immune system so the points  from the study will support the immune system and help with nausea and fatigue.  Always check with your vet  to make sure they are ok with other modalities and/ or find a vet who is trained in TCM and acupuncture  to add to your team.

Points to try…


Front Legs


LI4 Is on the medial side between the dew claw and 2ndmetacarpal bone if no dew claw where the dew claw would be


LU 7 Inside of the front leg just above the crease in the wrist


PE5  Inside of the forelimb about 4 cun* above the crease in the wrist



TH5 On the outside of the forelimb about 2 cun* above the wrist


Back Legs


ST 36 Find the front of the knee and slide your finger down into the little groove on the lateral side of each knee


SP9   Inside of the leg a bit below the knee ( in the depression of the caudal border of the tibia and the  gastrocnemius muscle


GB39   3 cun above the lateral malleolus or ankle bone


LIV3 Between the 2nd and 3rd metatarsal bone


Cun “small measurement”  the find the distance between the wrist and the elbow put your finger there;  half that distance half it again and half it again, The distance between your finger and the wrist is 1 cun so it will be a personal measurement for each animal

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