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First Aid Acupressure Points for Pets

Pet owners should know that there are several simple animal acupressure points that calm and relieve pain and that anyone can perform. This article describes how to find these points and how to apply pressure to provide relief.

Remember, acupressure is not an alternative to proper medical care. If your pet is ill or injured, call a veterinarian immediately.

Wikipedia defines acupressure as “an alternative medicine technique similar in principle to acupuncture. It is based on the concept of life energy which flows through ‘meridians’ in the body. In treatment, physical pressure is applied to trigger points with the aim of clearing blockages in these meridians. ” 

To apply pressure to an acupressure point, use your thumb or middle finger and apply gentle pressure, about what you would apply comfortably to your own eyelid. Hold or gently massage the point until the animal no longer wants it or you see the symptoms decrease. Do not force the animal. Offer the pressure gently and let the animal “tell” you what it wants.

To Calm, Decrease Fear and Relieve Pain: Kidney 27 

On a dog or cat, Kidney 27 is located between the breast bone and the first rib on the chest.

To Relieve Pain: Bladder 60

On a dog or cat, Bladder 60 is located on the outside of the hind leg, just above the ankle joint and on the back of the bone.

To Reduce Vomiting: Conception Vessel Meridian

Gently stroke from the bottom on the lower lip down the throat and stomach (front to back).  Vomiting is caused by the chi, or energy, moving in the wrong direction. Stroking will start the chi moving in the proper direction.

For more information, see Tallgrass Animal Acupressure Institute ( or visit a local animal acupressure specialist.

Ann Kerr Romberg provides animal acupressure, Reiki and other modalities to keep pets healthy and happy. She is located in the Twin Cities area. For more information, visit

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