Did you know that pets, as well as people, can respond really well to acupuncture?
We’re delighted to now be able to offer this ancient Chinese therapy as a holistic supplement to traditional veterinary care. Veterinary acupuncture can be particularly useful when dealing with mobility issues, chronic pain conditions such as joint pain, and gastrointestinal issues. It’s an ideal treatment for older, geriatric pets who can find the therapy quiet calming, although it’s a useful complementary treatment for all life-stages.
Veterinary acupuncture is thought to work in a few different ways:
- It can stimulate the release of the pain relieving and anti-inflammatory chemicals as well as relax muscles at the site of the needle insertion, causing both local and more generalised pain relief
- Veterinary acupuncture can improve blood flow to tissue, increase oxygenation and remove metabolic waste and toxins
- Unlike prescription drugs, there are no potential adverse side effects. It can also safely be used in conjunction with traditional vet medicine
Vet Alice Moore, who joined us in April, has been treating patients with acupuncture for a number of years.
“I find veterinary acupuncture to be useful in treating a whole range of conditions” says Alice. “Owners are often surprised that cats, dogs and rabbits all tolerate acupuncture really well and I have used it to treat back pain, arthritis, bladder problems and all sorts of lameness issues”
Here are some photos of Raz and Monty who are both being treated at our Dorchester clinic.