One natural therapy we’ve had some great success with is Acupuncture. Just as human Doctors use acupuncture to treat their patients more holistically, Fido can also benefit in the same way as his master.
What is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture is the insertion of fine, sterile needles into precise locations on the body in order to stimulate it’s own healing processes.
Historically Acupuncture dates back to as far as 900 BC even though it has only been used on our furry companions for the past few decades.
The location of acupuncture points corresponds to pathways of veins, arteries and nerves that when stimulated by the insertion of the needles, alter various biochemical and physiological mechanisms in the body.
This can help reduce pain and inflammation, improve blood flow to organs and speed up wound healing.
What conditions can Acupuncture treat?
Some conditions that respond well to Acupuncture include osteoarthritis, seizures, asthma, hind end weakness and even behavioural issues.
Veterinary Acupuncture is most commonly practiced on Dogs, Cats and Horses however it can be applied to most species.
How do I know whether Acupuncture is right for my Pet?
To find out whether your pet’s condition may be helped with Acupuncture we recommend you book an assessment condultation with our own resident Veterinary Acupuncturist Dr Tristan Maugueret.
During this initial consultation your pet will be assessed to determine whether Acupuncture is a suitable treatment option for the diagnosed condition.
If this is found to be the case then this visit will also include your pet’s first Acupuncture treatment.
Since acupuncture is cumulative (becomes more effective over time) multiple treatment sessions are recommended.
Initial sessions start off at once or twice weekly then taper off to less frequent sessions down the track.
You’ll usually see some improvements after the first few treatments.
How will my Pet Handle Acupuncture?
Animals respond really well to and even enjoy their natural Therapy sessions and Acupuncture is no exception. Some even fall asleep during treatment. Don’t worry if your pet seems a little sleepy after a session. This is completely expected and a natural response to the therapy.
In some situations you may even notice some immediate improvement after a session. Occasionally your pet may experienca a “healing crisis” after a session where the condition may appear to get worse before improving again. If this happens, don’t be concerned. It is temporary and does not mean that the sessions need to be stopped.
Is Acupuncture Safe?
Yes. Provided Acupuncture is administered by a Veterinary Practitioner Qualified in Acupuncture.
If you are interested to find out whether Acupuncture is suitable for Your Pet pet’s condition – Please call or email us and we’ll schedule an appointment with Dr Tristan for you.