Some of our practices use acupuncture to give pets a gentle yet effective pain relief for a number of conditions.
What is acupuncture?
Acupuncture is an alternative form of treatment based on balancing the energy systems in the body, and has been used for thousands of years to treat a number of conditions in humans.
During the process, fine, sterile needles are inserted at specific points in the body that are related to the injured or affected areas. This results in the body producing pain-relieving and anti-inflammatory hormones that are thought to be responsible for its beneficial effects.
One of the major advantages of acupuncture is that it’s completely painless, and many pets actually find it relaxing.
On average, four to six sessions are needed to start with, but acupuncture can be continued long term depending on the pet’s individual need. Your vet will tailor their acupuncture treatment plan to your pet.
What problems can it treat?
Acupuncture is most commonly used in treating arthritis, although it can also be beneficial for pets with muscle and ligament damage, incontinence and skin conditions.
To find out more about the benefits of acupuncture and whether it’s available in your area, speak to your local Medivet team.