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Acupuncture

Acupuncture is based on the art of alleviating pain and improving recovery by placing needles into specific areas of the body. It can be used to treat a variety of illnesses and has been practiced in some form for thousands of years.

Treatment with acupuncture is only following a diagnosis, and may be presented as an option alongside other treatment options.  It is very safe and well tolerated by most animals.


What To Expect

During the treatment, very thin needles are inserted into specific points on the animal that are not painful. Most animals will accept this well and may relax or become sleepy during the treatment, though very needle phobic animals may need to be lightly sedated.  The needles are left in for between 5-30minutes depending on the case.

We usually start with an initial course of 4-6 weekly treatments. We will then assess whether long-term therapy is required, if so we often gradually increase the length of time between treatments.

It is important not to change your normal routine during therapy, unless specifically instructed otherwise.  Afterwards, you may notice your pet is a little stiffer for a few days, which should wear off; there may be no change; or we may see an improvement. Over time, the improvement should be more noticeable and last for longer, although not all animals will respond to the treatment.


When To Consider Acupuncture

Acupuncture can be used as sole therapy or in conjunction with other treatments. Depending on the case we will discuss all the options available before deciding on a course of acupuncture if appropriate. It has been known to help in the following conditions:

  • Arthritis
    Spinal problems
    Muscle strains
    Post-orthopaedic surgery
    Gastrointestinal disease
    Epilepsy
    Urinary disorders