What is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture has been used in veterinary practices in China for thousands of years to treat numerous ailments. Acupuncture involves the insertion of fine, sterile, single-use needles into the skin at specific acupuncture points where the body’s meridians (pathways in the body in which Qi energy flows) can be accessed. These needles stimulate a healing process within your pet, with different meridians stimulated to create a different healing response in your pet’s body. Acupuncture has been shown to have both local and systemic effects to help improve pet health.
How does it work?
Needling of acupuncture points releases hormones and tissue chemicals, which reduce inflammation and/or result in relaxation. In Traditional Chinese Medicine, acupuncture points are either sedated or stimulated to increase or decrease the flow of Qi or energy along a meridian and achieve homeostasis. Once these areas can be accessed and energy blockages cleared, balance and flow of energy resumes, allowing the body to maintain balance and overall health.
Acupuncture may help pets with:
- Gastrointestinal disease: vomiting, diarrhoea, colitis, constipation, poor appetite, inflammatory bowel disease
- Metabolic disorders: kidney/liver disease, pancreatitis
- Musculoskeletal conditions: Osteoarthritis/degenerative joint disease, intervertebral disc disease, cruciate ligament injury, luxating patella, hip dysplasia, elbow dysplasia, back pain, neck pain, spinal trauma, spondylosis
- Respiratory conditions such as allergic asthma, sinusitis, collapsing trachea, cough, rhinitis
- Skin conditions such as allergic skin disease, poor coat, lick granulomas, scars
- Urinary tract conditions such as urinary incontinence, cystitis, kidney disease
How will my pet respond?
Acupuncture needles are round at the end, and not cutting, so there is minimal discomfort as they are inserted. The treatment will vary according to the pet’s acceptance of the procedure, the condition being treated, number and frequency of acupuncture treatments, and the strength of stimulation during treatment. As treatments continue, we hope for an additive effect, meaning that each treatment builds on the next as your pet improves.
Every animal is unique; your pet will be assessed for the most suitable treatment and referred to the appropriate practitioner.
Perri a dedicated dog Mumma, helping her fur baby with her quality of life during challenging times:
“After an assessment, my dog Zu was given acupuncture and chiro to help with her degenerative myelopathy. Dr Donna was very gentle and caring and was full of great info on alternative things to try to help slow Zu’s cancers. Zu was such a good girl through the whole treatment, and only flinched once during chiro. It’s only been just over 24 hours but Zu’s movement is so much better today, her legs seem stronger, she’s knuckling a lot less, and walking more freely, so there is one very happy dog Mumma! Thank you so much to Donna and Jenny for being so caring and understanding of how much this girl means to me, and making her quality of life the best it can be for the time she has left. Looking forward to our next appointment.”