Acupuncture Information Sheet

What is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture is a method of treatment which involves the placement of very fine needles through the skin in a number of specifically chosen locations. It originated in China around 2000 years ago but has since been adopted into Western Medicine to help alleviate pain and stimulate the nervous and immune systems.

What is it used for?

Acupuncture can be used alongside conventional medicines and following accurate diagnosis. It has use in a variety of chronic conditions. Most commonly we use it to help manage pain and inflammation involved with arthritis in dogs and cats. Many animals and conditions can respond to acupuncture so if you have any questions please ask.

Will it work?

There is a growing body of evidence to back up use of acupuncture. Acupuncture does not work the same in all animals. Some have stronger responses than others. Most animals are actually stronger responders than humans

Who can administer it?

By UK law, only suitably trained veterinary surgeons are permitted to administer acupuncture to animals. Two of our vets, Jenny and Mary, have completed the ABVA (Association of British Veterinary Acupuncturists) training course.

How will my pet react?

Your pet will be awake throughout the procedure and most animals tolerate the treatment very well. They do not seem to notice needles being placed and tend to be fairly relaxed throughout the procedure.
Occasionally for a day or so after treatment you pet may not feel any improvement, rarely they can a little worse. This will improve.

What is the course of treatment?

Following diagnosis, we will carry out an initial consultation that will last around 30minutes. Subsequent sessions may be a bit shorter. Initially we recommend 3-4 treatments 1 week apart. This may be lengthened depending on the condition.

How much does it cost?

Each session costs £40. Many of the pet insurance companies do cover acupuncture so do check with yours.

Any further questions please ask to speak to Jenny Day (Ruthin and Bala) or Mary Hancock (Abergele and Llanrwst)

Wern Vet Surgeries North Wales

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