Acupuncture is the stimulation of specific points on the body, usually by needles, to produce a healing effect. It has been used for thousands of years across the world to treat a variety of problems. Dr. Nicole Swan is our resident acupuncturist and is pleased to be able to offer this service to clients. Whilst this is not a cure-all remedy, it works well in conditions.
How Does it Work?
Acupuncture causes a release of endorphins (the body’s natural pain killing hormones) which relieve muscle spasm, stimulate nerves, stimulate the body’s defense systems, and numerous other beneficial effects.
According to Chinese philosophy, disease is an imbalance of the flow of energy. Acupuncture works by balancing the energy flow, thereby healing the animal.
Is it painful? How will my pet react?
Acupuncture is performed with very fine sterile needles. There is occasionally a brief moment of sensitivity as the needle penetrates the skin in some trouble areas. Once the needles are in place, most animals relax - sometimes even falling asleep during the treatment!
Is it safe?
Acupuncture is one of the safest therapies available if practiced by a competent acupunturist. Occasionally an animal's condition may deteriorate temporarily before improving. As acupuncture balances the body's healing system without the use of chemicals, complications rarely develop.
How often do we need to treat?
Treatments last on average for 15-20 minutes. Patients are usually treated 2-4 times over a period of several weeks. A positive response is often noticed within the first 1-3 treatments depending on the condition treated.
Treatment is by appointment only. For any further information, please contact us here at the clinic.
Did you know a microchip is approximately the size of a grain of rice? This tool is our main defence against ownership disputes and relocating lost pets. Simply contact the clinic to arrange to have your pet mircochipped. Once they have been done they are registered on a national database to provide peace of mind should your pet go missing.
Does your best friend have difficulty rising in the mornings? Have they recently stopped jumping up or maybe are stiff following exercise? This is not a sign of ‘just old age’ and should NOT be ignored. This is more commonly a symptom of arthritis which can be preventable and is readily manageable if early intervention is sought. We have a range of management options, a combination of which (natural and medical) may be suitable for your pet. Please remember, if ignored this problem will perpetuate and cause ongoing joint damage.