What about response?


Your pet may show one of three responses to treatment: They may seem a little stiffer or more uncomfortable. This just means that the dose was a bit too much, but also shows that they should respond to treatment. After a day or two they will improve again and should be better than before. However, you [...]

What about response?2023-01-13T14:03:03+00:00

And after the treatment?


It is not uncommon for pets to go home and sleep very soundly for a long time. This is a good sign and shows that your pet will probably respond well to acupuncture. But do not worry if they are not sleepy – this does not mean that they will not respond. Sometimes your pet may [...]

And after the treatment?2023-01-13T14:02:39+00:00

What can I expect during treatment?


After examination, needles will be put into various parts of the body and moved or stimulated a few times. There is not a set “dose” of acupuncture as there is for medication, so your vet will judge how much to do based on your pet’s response both at the time and after the treatment. They may [...]

What can I expect during treatment?2023-01-13T14:02:16+00:00

What kinds of conditions are treated with acupuncture?


Pain is the most common indication for acupuncture. Usually this means pain associated with arthritis, but also muscle strains, pain secondary to disc disease and bony changes of the spine. Other kinds of pain may also respond. Functional conditions such as constipation in cats and irritable bowel type problems in dogs may also respond.

What kinds of conditions are treated with acupuncture?2023-01-13T14:01:53+00:00

Is acupuncture safe?


Acupuncture is very safe, in the right hands. Legally it must be performed by a veterinary surgeon. There have been no official reports of problems in animals, but there are some in humans and these can usually be avoided with care and a good knowledge of anatomy. There are a very few cases in which we [...]

Is acupuncture safe?2023-01-13T14:01:30+00:00

How often would my pet be treated?


The usual course is once a week for four to six weeks. After four weeks we will know whether acupuncture 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 [...]

How often would my pet be treated?2023-01-13T14:01:06+00:00

Would my pet need to be sedated for this treatment?


It is uncommon for animals to need to be sedated. This would only usually happen if they were so painful that any touch or stimulus causes them to be painful. Perhaps surprisingly, cats and rabbits often accept acupuncture treatment very well.

Would my pet need to be sedated for this treatment?2023-01-13T14:00:42+00:00

Will it hurt my pet?


Acupuncture needles stimulate nerves that do not cause the unpleasant feelings of pain that we are trying to treat. They stimulate other nerves that send a more important message to the brain, which is how they block pain. Sometimes animals may react to this sensation as though they are expecting pain, but then relax because it [...]

Will it hurt my pet?2023-01-13T13:59:05+00:00

How does acupuncture work?


It works through the nervous system. The needles block the pain messages and encourage the brain and central nervous system to produce more of the body’s natural painkillers. In conditions that are not painful, acupuncture may help to reset the body’s normal functioning.

How does acupuncture work?2023-01-13T13:58:32+00:00

What is acupuncture?


Acupuncture is the practice of inserting fine, solid needles into the body for pain relief or, in some cases, to help the body deal with other diseases.

What is acupuncture?2023-01-13T13:25:43+00:00
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