Acupuncture and your pet…

Q:  Why should I consider Acupuncture?
Acupuncture, originating in China, has been practiced for over 3000 years, and offers a natural alternative to conventional medicine. The insertion of very fine, sterile needles in precise points on the body, create biochemical and physiological changes, which assist the body to heal itself.

Q:  What conditions can benefit from Acupuncture treatment?
Acupuncture is most often used to assist with painful conditions, whether they be more acute (such as sprains and strains), or more chronic (as with osteoarthritis). However, acupuncture can also be of benefit in many other conditions, including: 

  • gastrointestinal
  • neurological
  • respiratory
  • behavioural
  • urinary

Very importantly, acupuncture can be of benefit to those patients suffering from chronic, debilitating and/or terminal diseases. Allowing them increased pain relief, better sleep and improved well-being and quality of life. 

Q:  What can I expect during an Acupuncture treatment?
The first appointment will last from 45-60 minutes. Initially, a thorough clinical history is taken and your pet is examined using both conventional (western) and eastern techniques. 

Acupuncture points are then stimulated for 10-20 minutes. This usually involves the insertion of acupuncture needles. Alternatively, a painless laser may be used on some points. 

Subsequent treatment times will vary from 15-30 minutes, depending on the condition involved. 

Q:  Will it hurt? Are there side-effects? Is it safe?
Acupuncture needles are very fine, so rarely cause any pain when being inserted. Some patients may experience a slight tingling or numb sensation when the point is stimulated, however most animals relax and some even fall asleep. 

Often patients will feel drowsy for 24 hours after their treatment, this is due to the release of substances within the body which help to relax and provide an overall sense of well-being. 

Acupuncture is one of the safest therapies available for your pet, if performed by a registered veterinarian, with additional training in veterinary acupuncture. Side-effects are rare. 

Q:  How many treatments will be required?
The number of treatments required varies according to the condition being treated and with each individual patient. 

In most cases, treatments are scheduled weekly, then, with improvement in symptoms, the time between treatments is extended. 

Many conditions may resolve completely, and even chronic problems may only require treatment 2-3 times per year. 

Q:  Do Acupuncture and other holistic therapies replace conventional veterinary medicine?
NO!  Whilst acupuncture can be used alone, it is intended to complement your pet’s current veterinary treatment. We encourage you to maintain your relationship with your current primary care vet, and we will co-ordinate with them to ensure the best possible outcome for your pet, with the least possible reliance on prescription medications.