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Acupuncture

Most people will have heard of acupuncture in human medicine but did you know how helpful it can be to animals too? Acupuncture is now readily available to veterinary patients in the UK by specially trained veterinary surgeons. It can be used in a variety of conditions and you may have a pet at home who could benefit. We are pleased to be able to offer acupuncture at Dunmuir for dogs, cats and horses. Amie has completed the Foundation Acupuncture course through the Association of British Veterinary Acupuncturists and is now a registered member!

What is Acupuncture

Acupuncture is an ancient Chinese art which involves placing needles into specific points on the body to alleviate pain and assist in the treatment of certain disease processes. Acupuncture is best used as part of a multi-modal approach to pain relief in a variety of conditions alongside medical treatments.

Acupuncture is extremely safe when practiced correctly and is well tolerated by most animals. Needles are very fine and sessions are very relaxed.

What conditions can acupuncture treat?

  • Chronic pain of any origin i.e. arthritis, muscle strains, spinal problems.
  • Part of the rehabilitation process after orthopaedic surgery.
  • Medical conditions such as Gastro-intestinal disease, urinary issues etc.
  • In horses respiratory disease such as COPD, gastric ulcers, back pain, laminitis.

It is important to point out that we select cases carefully and will only recommend acupuncture for animals who we feel it will benefit- some respond well, others not so well. We would ask anyone wondering if acupuncture may be suitable for their pet to give us a call for more information and a detailed discussion regarding the animal in question.

On average 4-6 treatments are required to start with but acupuncture can be used long term if successful. Sessions are usually weekly initially with intervals increasing over time but each animal has their own tailored treatment plan.