We offer acupuncture sessions for cats and dogs at our Cove and Sandhurst branches, with our vet Katie Tyler holding an ABVA qualification in the treatment.

What is acupuncture?

Acupuncture involves the insertion of needles into specific points on the body to produce a healing response, and can be used to treat a variety of illnesses.

What conditions can acupuncture treat?

Acupuncture is recommended for functional problems, such as those that involve paralysis,

non-infectious inflammation such as allergies, and pain.

The following general conditions may be treated with acupuncture: 

  • Musculoskeletal problems
  • Back pain 
  • Arthritis
  • Myofascial pain syndrome
  • Hip dysplasia
  • Muscle and ligament sprains, strains and spasms
  • Paralysis and paresis
  • Respiratory problems such as feline asthma
  • Skin problems such as lick granulomas and allergic dermatitis
  • Chronic gastrointestinal problems such as diarrhoea
  • Incontinence
  • Epilepsy
  • Stress-related disorders
  • Immune dysfunction
  • Recurrent urinary tract infections  

How does it work?

Acupuncture points with pain-relieving properties can activate specific brainstem regions. This can help the body heal itself by inducing physiological changes.

Acupuncture can also relieve muscle spasms, stimulate nerves, increase blood circulation and cause the release of hormones.

Is it safe for my pet?

Acupuncture is one of the safest forms of medical treatment for animals when administered

by a properly trained veterinarian, and side effects are extremely rare. 

An animal’s condition may seem worse for up to 48 hours after treatment, while other animals may become lethargic or sleepy for 24 hours.

These effects are an indication that physiological changes are developing, and they are commonly followed by an improvement in the pet’s condition.

How long will the treatment session take?

Initial sessions take around 45 minutes, and subsequent sessions last around 30 minutes.

The frequency of treatment sessions will vary per case and can be discussed with you in your first session.

It is generally recommended to have one treatment a week for six to eight weeks, and then the frequency of treatments can be reduced as needed. We can advise you on this during your first consultation.

If you are interested in acupuncture, please contact us on 01276 34963.