One of our Veterinary Surgeon Amy Clayton is a registered member of the Association of British Veterinary Acupuncturist and qualified to practice acupuncture on animals as a compliment to conventional medical treatments.
What is acupuncture?
Acupuncture has evolved from the ancient art of placing needles into locations on the body to alleviate pain. It has been practiced by the Chinese and other Eastern cultures for thousands of years and may be used to treat a wide variety of illnesses. A combination of Traditional Chinese Medicine (aiming to restore equilibrium) and Western Scientific Acupuncture (aiming to stimulate the body’s repair mechanisms in the nervous, immune, hormonal and cellular systems) can be effective at treating many chronic disease processes. In the U.K acupuncture can only be performed by Veterinary Surgeons who have under gone specific training.
What conditions can respond to acupuncture?
Acupuncture treatment should follow an accurate diagnosis and appraisal of all treatment options. Conditions associated with inflammation and pain are most commonly treated with acupuncture. A 70% response rate is generally seen in animals.
Small Animal Conditions include:
- Hip dysplasia
- Intervertebral disc disease
- Soft tissue sprains/strains
- Lick granulomas
- Wound healing problems
- Traumatic nerve injury
- Certain types of paralysis
- Feline asthma
- Chronic rhinitis
- Non-specific vomiting and diarrhoea
- Inflammatory bowel disease
- Feline lower urinary tract disease (cystitis)
What happens during the treatment?
The initial consultation will involve a full assessment of the patient and location of points specific to your pet’s condition. Thin sterile needles will then be inserted into these specific points. These needles will be left in place for 5 – 20 minutes. Most patients accept acupuncture treatment without destress and even become more relaxed, which can last 24 hours. Occasionally pets can become euphoric. You can remain with your pet during the whole treatment session.
On average each patient requires 4 weekly sessions initially to determine if acupuncture is beneficial to them. After this top-up sessions can be used when needed. Each patient will have a treatment plan tailored to their individual needs.
Is it safe?
Acupuncture is extremely safe when practiced by a trained veterinary surgeon. Occasionally a patient’s clinical signs may deteriorate for 1-2 days. This suggests that fewer points should be used the next time, but long term these patients are likely to respond well.
How much does it cost?
The initial consultation and first session is £65 and repeated appointment are £50. Session time is approximately 30 minutes.
How to book an acupuncture session or to gain more information?
Please contact our Southwell practice on 01636 812133.