Acupuncture has been used for thousands of years as part of Chinese medicine and used more recently in Western civilization in both human and veterinary care.

It’s use aims to change the chemicals involved in nerve transition in the spinal cord to alter pain recognition as well as altering inflammation and blood flow in affected tissues. It influences how information about pain is read by the body and aims to decoy or deceive its perception.

As such it has a role to play in the provision of relief and acupuncture has been shown to give definite benefits in the following situations:

  • When a dog or cat is on the maximum dose of pain relieving medication but the condition and pain is worsening.
  • When the animal has an adverse reaction to medication.
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  • When an owner does not wish to use conventional medication or wants to keep to minimal doses only. – When a diagnosis is not possible
  • If there is no response to conventional medication

It can be incorporated at any stage of the condition, i.e. early in diagnosis of osteoarthritis, say in conjunction with neutraceuticals, or at the end when everything else has been tried.

The procedure involves placing a series of very fine needles at certain points on the periphery of the body to enhance the effect of those at local points. It is advised that four, weekly sessions are given initially and response assessed from there. Sometimes single, monthly ‘top ups’ may be appropriate and sometimes another session would be used only if signs deteriorate. The approach will vary from one individual to another.

The initial session would be the longest probably 20-30 minutes and those after 15-20 minutes. This is a new service offered by the practice. If your pet has seen one of the vets who has advised acupuncture is appropriate for the condition diagnosed then please make an appointment for a consultation with Veterinary Surgeon Suzanne Young at either our Brayton or Sherburn surgery.