2 The Green, Thurlby, PE10 0EB
4 Stamford Rd, Market Deeping, PE6 8AB
Is acupuncture suitable for my pet?
The vast majority of pets readily accept and seem to enjoy acupuncture. Occasionally, in very painful conditions or
very anxious pets it may be necessary to sedate them for the treatment. Sedation does not make the acupuncture
any less effective, and with time as your pet becomes less painful and more used to the treatments, sedation may
no longer be required. Not all animals are acupuncture 'responders', but about eighty percent will be.
What is acupuncture and how does it work?
Acupuncture has been used safely in veterinary medicine for over forty years.
It is used for the management of pain, helping the body cope with certain
diseases and for relaxation. Acupuncture works by the insertion of very fine
needles into the muscles, which will then block pain messages and encourage
the brain and central nervous system to produce more of the body's natural
painkillers, known as endorphins. In conditions that are non-painful,
acupuncture may help to reset the body's normal functioning.
What is acupuncture used for?
- Pain management
- Muscular pain
- Spinal pain
- Certain urinary problems
- Certain skin conditions
- Other conditions, please ask
Will acupuncture hurt my pet?
Sometimes animals react to the sensation of needling but quickly relax when they realise that it is not painful, and
often become sleepy during acupuncture. Often pets look forward to the next treatment when they come back to
How often will my pet need acupuncture?
As acupuncture is used to treat a wide range of conditions, a treatment plan will be tailored to the individual needs
of your pet. Acupuncture is usually performed weekly for up to six treatments initially. After four sessions we will
know whether acupuncture is working for your pet. The treatment interval will then be determined depending on
the condition and how well your pet is responding to acupuncture so that the effect is maintained for as long as
possible, for example monthly.
Will acupuncture be covered on my pet's insurance?
Acupuncture is covered by most insurance policies. We advise you to ring your insurance provider to enquire.
What can I expect during and after Acupuncture?
After a Veterinary examination, very fine needles will be placed in specific areas of the body and moved to
stimulate trigger points. There is no set 'dose' of acupuncture as there is for medication, so we will judge this
based on your pets response. Your pet may become very relaxed during the treatment and may go home and
sleep. This is a good sign and shows that your pet has responded well. Do not worry if they are not sleepy
afterwards. This does not mean that they have not responded to treatment.
How will my pet respond to acupuncture?
1. You may see improvement within a few days after treatment.
2. Initially they may seem a little stiffer or more uncomfortable. After a day or two they will improve again and
should seem better than before.
3. You may see no response. This is always disappointing but does not mean that your pet has not responded. It
may just take a little longer for them to feel the effects.
Will I benefit from my pet's acupuncture?
Not only will you see the benefits of acupuncture in your pet, it is also a great opportunity to strengthen that bond
between you both as you relax together during the session.
For further information and prices please do not hesitate to contact us