Acupuncture can be particularly useful in treating lameness and back pain often found in arthritic animals or those that have suffered injury.
With the use of thin, sterile needles, acupuncture helps the body heal itself by releasing natural painkillers and anti-inflammatories. It also sends out neurotransmitters, hormones, and other cellular mediators, which improve circulation and immune functions.
How many sessions do we need and what can I expect?
We recommend an initial course of 4 treatments at approximately weekly intervals to determine whether your pet will respond to acupuncture.
The initial consultation and first treatment will take around 40 minutes. Your pet’s history and symptoms will be discussed, and they will be thoroughly examined. Subsequent treatment visits will last around 20-30 minutes. During each consultation, your pet will be re-examined and their progress discussed.
Sudden onset or recent injuries and diseases respond quickly and only a few treatments will be required. More long standing and chronic diseases take longer to respond and may require maintenance treatments every month or a few times a year.
It does not matter if your pet moves around or lies down during treatment. Many pets become very relaxed during treatment and it is usual for your pet to become quite sleepy afterwards, the symptoms also may get slightly worse before they improve significantly. Please remember to discuss your pet’s response to each treatment each time you visit.
Some pets will be much improved after just one treatment session but it is more common to see a gradual improvement over a period of time.
What if my pet is on medication?
Our acupuncture treatments are complementary to any medicines that your pet may already be taking and not offered as an alternative approach.
The initial consultation fee is £65. Subsequent visits, or acupuncture during a surgical procedure is charged at £48.
Acupuncture treatment is now covered by most insurance companies. If you are unsure, we advise that you check your policy or contact your insurance company before commencing any treatment.
What if we are not clients of the practice?
If you are a client of another clinic, please ask your vet to refer you to us for your acupuncture treatments.
If you think acupuncture may be an answer for your pet’s needs, we would love to meet with you to discuss your options. Please call us on 0208 692 3030 for more information and to book an appointment with Vanessa Low BVSc MRCVS, Vet Acupuncturist.