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Pet Acupuncture – How It Works

Acupuncture has been used to treat people in China for thousands of years, but did you know there are reports of acupuncture being used in animals such as horses for almost as long. 

In the 1970’s when acupuncture became popular for people in the West, naturally interest in pet acupuncture followed.

There has been a lot of study into pet acupuncture and a
refining of the knowledge about how to get the best out of this therapy for our furry friends.  Groups like IVAS, the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society run in-depth training courses to
qualify experienced vets in veterinary acupuncture.

When your pet has acupuncture you’ll see very fine needles
are inserted in very specific spots on the body, along lines known as
meridians.  Each acupuncture point has a specific action, and usually a combination of points are used.  Scientists have looked at these points and made some interesting findings – acupuncture points look different to the surrounding skin under a microscope and have lower electrical resistance. When the needles have been in place for a few minutes the ‘happy hormones’ begin to flow and your cat or dog gets a feeling of wellbeing.

If you’ve tried acupuncture yourself, you’ll know that the needles are very slim and that receiving acupuncture isn’t painful.  Most cats and dogs generally accept the needles very calmly and sit quietly with you while the treatment is taking effect. 

Quite a few experienced acupuncture-pets
even take the chance to relax and have a nap.

Acupuncture can help with a variety of conditions; it is excellent for pain, arthritis and neurological conditions.  It can nausea and is often used in people and in animals to help with the side effects of cancer treatments.  Acupuncture can even help with inflammation,
bladder and bowel issues, skin problems and anxiety.

As a veterinarian with training in veterinary acupuncture I take a combined Western and Chinese medicine approach to treating your
pet.  I’m keen to work with your vet to help give the best care for your pet, and you can rest assured that acupuncture will not interfere with any medications your pet might currently be using.

To find out if acupuncture could help your pet, take a look here

Bull Arab dog Delores Monika's acupuncture

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