What is acupuncture?

Acupuncture is the practice of inserting fine solid needles into the body to give pain relief or in some cases to help the body deal with other diseases.
It works through the nervous system - the needles block pain messages and encourage the brain and central nervous system to produce more of the body’s natural painkillers.In conditions that are not painful acupuncture may help to reset the body’s normal functioning.


Will it hurt my pet?

No. Acupuncture needles stimulate nerves that send messages to the brain which over-rides the messages of pain that her nerves are sending. Sometimes animals may react to this sensation as though they are expecting pain, but then they relax because it does not occur.
Most of the time they accept the fine needles very well and become relaxed and sleepy during the treatment. Often they even appear to look forward to treatment when they next come back to the practice. it is uncommon for animals to be sedated for acupuncture - this would only be necessary where the underlying condition is extremely painful.
Acupuncture is very safe in the right hands. Legally it must be performed by a veterinary surgeon. There are only a few cases in which we would have to be very cautious about using acupuncture and your veterinary acupuncturist can advise you if these are relevant for your pet.


How often would my pet be treated?

The usual course is once a week for four to six weeks. After four weeks we will know whether acupuncture is working for your pet and then, depending on the condition and how they have responded, we will work out a plan that usually involves tailing off the treatment so that the effect is maintained for as long as possible.


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