How does veterinary acupuncture work?
Present-day acupuncture has evolved from the ancient art of placing needles in specific parts of the patient’s body to improve a variety of conditions. It works across many major body systems. Each needle stimulates cells and increases circulation, releasing neurotransmitters and neurohormones, some of which are endorphins – the body’s natural pain-killing hormones. Acupuncture blocks pain signals to the brain and locally. It also relieves muscle spasms, stimulates nerves, stimulates the body’s defence systems and relaxes the patient.
What can acupuncture be used for?
It can be used as a complementary therapy if your pet is undergoing treatment for:
- Musculoskeletal problems such as hip dysplasia, arthritis or spinal disease
- Skin problems
- Bowel problems
- Nervous disorders such as traumatic nerve injury and some types of paralysis
- Respiratory problems such as feline asthma
- Some behavioural disorders.
Acupuncture is also known to increase resistance to some diseases and can help to speed up recovery rates post-surgery. Arthritis is the most common type of chronic pain in older pets and can affect the legs, back and joints. Acupuncture can be a great support for chronic pain management and long-term conditions.
Which pets can receive acupuncture?
Veterinary acupuncture can be carried out on most dogs, cats and rabbits without any distress of discomfort.
Will acupuncture hurt my pet?
Acupuncture should not cause your pet pain as it blocks pain signals to the brain and locally. Occasionally there can be a brief moment of sensitivity as the needle penetrates the skin if the area itself is sensitive. Once the needles are in place, your pet should start to feel relaxed and may even fall asleep during treatment.
How much acupuncture will my pet need?
Each case is different. Veterinary Acupuncturist Laura Buckey recommends 4-6 weekly treatments, however, your pet will be continually assessed to ensure acupuncture and any other treatments are beneficial to their recovery and wellbeing.
How long is a treatment session?
Treatments can vary, but a typical acupuncture session will last around 30 minutes.
What results should I expect to see?
Acupuncture as a treatment will produce different results in different pets. Each case is different and results can depend on age, lifestyle, their current treatment plan and how well they respond. In some cases, acupuncture can have an immediate effect, in others, it may take 2-3 sessions to see significant results. The more acupuncture sessions a pet has, the longer the effects can last.
How can I book my pet in for treatment?
Acupuncture should be used alongside your pet’s current treatment plan, therefore a vet referral is required. Ask your vet to refer your pet to Laura Buckey for acupuncture therapy today. For more information, fill out our enquiry form below and a member of our team will be in touch.