Acupuncture works on a number of body systems, and so it follows that it can help treat many different ailments. Orthopaedic conditions for which acupuncture is extremely effective include; arthritis, hip dysplasia, spinal problems, nerve trauma and muscle pain. Other conditions susceptible to its effects include; digestive disorders, respiratory disease and skin disease. We often use acupuncture in conjunction with drug therapy, however, sometimes it may reduce or even remove the need for medications.
The length of acupuncture sessions are approximately 30 minutes and vary depending upon the treatment required. Acute problems may be relieved in just one or two sessions and it is common for us to see young, otherwise fit sporting dogs for acupuncture to help heal sprains and strains. Some of our more mature four-legged clients visit us less frequently, but longer term for maintenance treatments and relief from chronic mobility problems.
Veterinary acupuncture is considered an act of surgery and therefore must only be carried out by a veterinary surgeon. Not all vets are trained in acupuncture and its efficacy depends upon the experience and knowledge of the technician. Acupuncture is very safe when administered under the right conditions, and we’re delighted to be able to offer this therapy, delivered by a highly skilled and experienced team who love helping pets.