On an episode of ITV’s This Morning, we got to witness something a little out of the ordinary.
A dog named Jack joined the show’s co-hosts, Eamonn Holmes and Ruth Langsford, to undergo live acupuncture.
Also joining Jack in his big debut was his owner, Sue Foster, and specialist Emma Buckland, who has been practicing animal acupuncture for nine years.
Jack is a 14-year-old corgi and has been experiencing some aches and pains in his back legs for a while now. The soreness that he’s been feeling is what pushed Sue to start his treatments nearly two years ago. Not only does he respond nicely to the treatments, but they don’t seem to disturb him much in the process.
“He walks a lot easier,” Sue said. “He has a more relaxed sleep when he has it, and he even plays with his toys more.”
Co-host Eamonn, having experienced acupuncture himself, initially questioned if the dog was actually giving consent. “I know what that feels like … but at least I can yelp and say, ‘I don’t like that, get away from me,’” he said.
You’d think that dogs would immediately recoil at being stuck with needles, but Emma informs us that they’re actually better patients than we are. She said, “They generally tolerate it amazingly — I mean, animals just … generally tolerate things better than humans, I think.”
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