What is acupuncture used for?

Acupuncture can benefit animals with chronic (long-term) conditions, particularly those involving inflammation and pain such as arthritis. We’ve also seen improvements in other chronic conditions like constipation and cystitis in cats and irritable bowel problems in dogs.

What happens during treatment?

Fine needles are inserted into your pet’s body to stimulate specific points. Most animals accept acupuncture very well and find the sessions relaxing.  

How does it work?

The traditional Chinese Medicine approach takes the view of balancing or correcting energy flow within the body. The modern Western approach considers that acupuncture may help stimulate the body’s own repair systems and promote the release of pain relieving and anti-inflammatory substances.

Is it safe?

Acupuncture is very safe, as it will not interact adversely with any other medications your pet may be receiving, making it a useful adjunct to conventional medicine. It must however only be performed by a veterinary surgeon.

How long do sessions last?

Usually only between five and 30 minutes, depending on how your pet responds.

How many sessions will my pet need?

The effects of treatment are usually cumulative so most often a course of up to six weekly sessions is the best way to see the full benefits. After that, you may need extra sessions to make sure the effect is maintained as long as possible. It depends on the individual animals and how they respond – just like people.

Does acupuncture hurt my pet?

No. Most animals accept the needles and even become very relaxed and sleepy. Because of this, it is very unusual for an animal to need to be sedated to undergo acupuncture (even cats and rabbits!)

What about after the treatment. Are there any side-effects to acupuncture?

We’ve found pets can be very sleepy after treatment or feel very happy. Either way, it is a good sign that the treatment has worked and we recommend they have a quiet time for the rest of the day.

While the majority of insurance policies now cover alternative therapies, we always recommend you check your policy first.

Your pet deserves every chance to be pain free. Find out if acupuncture might be the answer by booking an initial consultation - call the Madeley surgery on 01952 680 287 to book an appointment with Adrian or the Bridgnorth surgery on 01746 763 998 to book an appointment with Catrin.