What is acupuncture?
Acupuncture is the placement of fine needles in certain points of the body to alleviate pain or to help in the treatment of certain conditions.
More and more UK vets are using acupuncture as a complementary therapy. Whilst here in the West we consider acupuncture as “alternative”, in China, horses, cows and pigs have benefited from it for more than 3,000 years!
What is acupuncture used for?
Acupuncture can have enormous benefits for animals with chronic (long-term) conditions, such as osteoarthritis and muscular pain. It can also help with some neurological conditions, urinary incontinence and wound healing.
How does it work?
The placement of the needles triggers the brain to release anti-inflammatory agents and endorphins to the area. These are ‘natural pain killers’ and work locally on the area being treated.
How long do sessions last?
The first session is usually 30-45 minutes long and then subsequent sessions would last 20-30 minutes.
How many sessions will my pet need?
We would recommend a course of a minimum of four sessions at weekly intervals as it is the best way to see the full benefits of the treatment. After that, the frequency of sessions required is tailored to the individual animal.
Does acupuncture hurt my pet?
No, most animals accept the needles very well and can even become quite relaxed and sleepy! The needles are very fine and there is very little response when they are placed. Because of this, it is very unusual for an animal to need to be sedated to undergo acupuncture.
How much does it cost?
The initial consultation and treatment is currently £70 and repeat treatments are £50. While many insurance policies now cover alternative therapies, we always recommend you check your policy.
Who can perform acupuncture on my pet?
One of our vets, Claire Edgington BVM&S MRCVS, has been trained in Western Veterinary Acupuncture. She is able to provide acupuncture sessions at our Tollcross branch on a Monday morning and at our Davidsons Mains branch on a Tuesday and Thursday.
Please contact your local branch if you would like more information on our acupuncture service or if you would like to book an appointment.