Acupuncture is the practice of inserting fine, solid needles into the body. It acts on the nervous system to block pain signals and encourage the body to produce more of its own natural painkillers. In conditions that are not painful, acupuncture can also sometimes encourage normal bodily functions.
Although acupuncture is commonly associated with the treatment of painful conditions such as osteoarthritis and muscle strains, it can be used in some individuals to treat a variety of conditions including constipation, inflammatory bowel disease, urinary incontinence and chronic non-healing wounds.
It can be used on a variety of pets including dogs, cats and rabbits.
A course of acupuncture is usually once a week for four to six weeks. After this time we will know whether it is working for your pet and then, depending on the condition and how they have responded, we will work out a plan that usually involves tailing off the treatment so that the effect is maintained for as long as possible.
Georgiana is a small animal vet who practices acupuncture mainly from our Forfar and Kirriemuir branches. Her enthusiasm for it came from her experience with their family Jack Russell, Toffee, who saw great results when being treated for urinary incontinence.
For more information, read our frequently asked questions about acupuncture: