Acupuncture involves placing small needles at specific points on your animal. The needles stimulate and modulate the nervous system. In animals with longstanding painful conditions the aim of acupuncture is to stimulate the release of the body’s own pain relieving substances and help block pain.
Acupuncture is a complementary therapy and works effectively alongside conventional veterinary medicine.
In animals, acupuncture is mainly used to relieve pain associated with musculoskeletal conditions such as
- back pain
- after orthopaedic surgery
Will acupuncture help my pet?
Not all animals (or humans) respond to acupuncture but the majority do. Acupuncture is very safe when performed by a trained veterinarian. Vanessa Prior is trained in acupuncture at our practice.
Does acupuncture hurt?
The needles used for acupuncture are much finer than the needles used for injections. Most animals accept them very well. It is not unusual for animals to relax and become sleepy during treatment.
What does it cost?
For an initial course of 4 weekly sessions the cost is £57.76p. A pain assessment consult costing £28.87p will be required at the start of embarking on a course of acupuncture.
Many, but not all, insurance companies include acupuncture in their policies. Please check with your insurance company whether you are covered and if you will need to pay an excess.