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About Pet Acupuncture

Acupuncture is an ancient branch of traditional Chinese medicine that’s been used in animals as well as people for thousands of years and has become more and more popular in Australia, for people as well as for pets. I’m one of the lucky vets who has been able to train in the IVAS traditional Chinese veterinary medicine and acupuncture course, open only to veterinarians.

Acupuncture can be used to treat a number of conditions and is particularly useful in treating cats and dogs for

  •         Chronic pain
  •         Arthritis
  •         Spinal problems
  •         Neurological problems
  •         Recovery from surgery or injury
  •         Chemo support for cancer patients
  •         Palliative care
  •         Anxiety
  •         Skin and digestive issues

We aim to work with you and your vet to make sure your pet has the best possible quality of life.

Acupuncture won’t interfere with medications or surgery, so you can continue on the treatment plan you have agreed on with your vet and add in the benefits of pet acupuncture to give your fur-baby the best possible care.

Please get in contact if you’d like to chat about how acupuncture can help your pet.

Cats and dogs enjoying acupuncture

How pets get acupuncture

What Happens During a Pet Acupuncture Session?

In your first session we’ll spend some time talking about your pet and their health, and any treatments you’re currently using. If your vet has referred you I’ll have reviewed their notes as well. Then it’s time for a gentle check-over and we’ll discuss an acupuncture treatment plan.

You’ll sit with your pet in the treatment room, maybe your pet will choose to sit on your lap, or you can sit side-by-side on the sofa or on the comfy memory foam bed on the floor, it is really about where you are both the most comfortable.

The acupuncture needles will be placed in specific spots according to the condition being treated. If you’ve ever tried acupuncture yourself, you’ll know it’s not painful, just a small pricking sensation as the tip goes through the skin.

Then you will sit together for 20 to 30 minutes as the needles do their work. Some people enjoy to use this time to have a cup of tea, others take a nap along with their pet.

After the first 1 or 2 sessions your pet will get used to the sensations and a lot of pets fall asleep while the needles are doing their work. Acupuncture stimulates endorphin release and just like us, cats and dogs really love endorphins.

Afterwards, the needles are taken out and off you go. Don’t be surprised if your pooch or kitty has a really long, deep sleep once you get home, that’s quite normal after acupuncture.

If you’d like to keep your vet in the loop, I’ll update them on your pet’s treatment as well.

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