J Vet Sci.  2008 Mar;9(1):117-119. 10.4142/jvs.2008.9.1.117.

Acupuncture treatment for idiopathic Horner's syndrome in a dog

  • 1Animal Disease Research Unit, College of Life Science and Natural Resources, Wonkwang University, Iksan 570-749, Korea. kimoj@wonkwang.ac.kr
  • 2Center for Animal Resources Development, Wonkwang University, Iksan 570-749, Korea.
  • 3Family Animal Clinic, Gunsan 573-351, Korea.


A one-year-old female English Cocker Spaniel dog with idiopathic Horner's Syndrome is described. The specific clinical signs in this specimen were miosis, ptosis, enophthalmos, and prolapsed nictitans for 2 days following sudden onset. According to history taking, ophthalmic, neurological, and radiological examination, the patient was diagnosed with idiopathic Horner's syndrome. Manual acupuncture treatment was applied to the dog on local points two times in 2 days. The local acupoints were ST-4 (Di Chang) and GB-1 (Tong Zi Liao). The day after the initial acupuncture treatment, clinical signs related to idiopathic Horner's syndrome had almost disappeared. The day after the second treatment, specific clinical signs were completely absent. During this period, the dog did not receive any orthodox treatment. Thus, it is suggested that manual acupuncture might be an effective therapy for idiopathic Horner's syndrome.


acupuncture; dog; Horner's syndrome; Oriental medicine

MeSH Terms

Acupuncture Therapy/*veterinary
Dog Diseases/*therapy
Horner Syndrome/therapy/*veterinary


  • Fig. 1 Horner's syndrome in an English Cocker Spaniel. The dog showed drooping of the left side upper eyelid and protrusion of the third eyelid.

  • Fig. 2 Acupoints, GB-1 and ST-4, used for idiopathic Horner's syndrome in the dog.

  • Fig. 3 Unilateral idiopathic Horner's syndrome in an English Cocker Spaniel was cured by ST-4 and GB-1 acupuncture treatment.


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