Animal acupuncture has been practised for over 3000 years and is a natural treatment producing outstanding results in pets. Dr Emma Barrett has recently completed studies in veterinary acupuncture in conjunction with the Chi Institute and Murdoch University. Coral Coast Vets is very excited to be able to offer animal acupuncture to our patients and we are more than happy to answer any questions you may have.
What is acupuncture?
Acupuncture is the practise of inserting small thread like needles into specific ‘acu-points’ to elicit a desired effect within the body. In Chinese Medicine, the effect of acupuncture needles is produced by moving a vital energy source known as ‘Qi’ (pronounced chee). Scientific studies have shown that recognised acupoints are often in areas that have an increased number of free nerve endings, mast cells, arterioles and lymphatic drainage. A number of studies have shown that acupuncture encourages the release of beta-endorphins, serotonin and other ‘feel-good’ neuro transmitters.
Does it hurt?
If you have ever had acupunture performed on yourself you will know that the insertion of the needles is virtually painless. Some pain and tingling can be felt when the needle hits an acupoint but this sensation is only temporary.
What can Acupuncture treat?
Animal acupuncture can treat all conditions that Western Medicine can treat…plus much more. Many veterinarians are discovering the benefits of incorporating acupuncture into their treatment strategies. Veterinary acupuncture has been proven to be very beneficial in treating the following conditions
- Musculoskeletal condition (athritis, muscular atrophy, back pain, cruciate ligament injuries, elbow dysplasia etc)
- Gastrointestinal disorders (vomiting, diarrhoea, constipation, ulcers, colic, impaction)
- Skin conditions
- Ear & eye conditions
- Reproductive disorders
- Heart conditions (congestive heart failure etc)
- Urinary conditions (recurrent bladder infections, incontinence)
How long does each session take?
Depending on the condition being treated each session can take from 20-60min
How many treatments will my pet need?
This also depends on what we are treating. More chronic condition will need more sessions spaced in regular intervals.
How will my pet react?
We find that quite often pets find an acupuncture session an enjoyable experience. Many cats drift off to sleep, dogs like to sprawl out and relax and horses regularly drop there heads and exhale deeply as they enjoy the relief acupuncture treatment provides.
For more information, please do not hesitate to contact us