Acupuncture for Pets
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What is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture is the ancient art of placing needles in the skin and superficial muscles, to alleviate pain and increase the animal’s resistance to disease. Acupuncture is over 2000 years old and was developed by the Chinese. It has been used by Vets and Doctors in the western world for the last 30 years and is becoming increasingly accepted and integrated into conventional veterinary practice. It is particularly useful in chronic disease states, these can include:
- Back pain
- Chronic gastrointestinal disease
- Chronic skin conditions
- Stress related conditions
- Respiratory disease
- .....and many more conditions not listed
It can be used either to compliment conventional treatments, or when conventional medicine fails.
How is acupuncture performed and how many treatments are necessary?
The needles used are very fine, pre-sterilized stainless steel and are left in place for approximately 5-20 minutes. It is recommended to have at least 4-6 treatments and these are given weekly initially, with gradually increasing intervals until the maximum desired effect is achieved. The frequency of treatments depends on the individual animals needs but regular top-ups will be required to maintain the therapeutic effect.
Will my animal respond?
Animals on the whole accept needling very well, and in fact may become relaxed. An initial consultation with Jo our vet is necessary to decide if your pet is an appropriate candidate for the technique. Some animals may require mild sedation for the procedure and can be admitted as a day patient into the clinic in these cases.
Acupuncture in animals, may only be performed by a Vet with a thorough knowledge of Veterinary anatomy and physiology. It is worth noting that many insurance companies will cover acupuncture treatment costs, so please check your insurance policy.
If you would like to see if your pet is suitable for acupuncture make an appointment with Jo and she will happily discuss the options.
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4 treatments for £166.96*
*Excluding Initial consultation fee and sedation if required