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Acupuncture

APPOINTMENT
Acupuncture has been used for approximately 4500 years in animals, making it one of the oldest systems of medicine still used today. Acupuncture involves the insertion of needles into specific points in the body to achieve therapy and balance. It is based on a holistic concept of diagnosis and treatment and utilises the body’s own ability to repair itself.

We use acupuncture to complement Western Medicine. It can help control pain in older pets when certain medications cannot be used, it can assist when Western Medicine offers no answer and it can also help your pet to heal itself. Acupuncture is however not just limited to our palliative care patients, we often use it as a way of managing arthritis and back pain in younger patients.

Acupuncture can be used to treat and manage:

Musculoskeletal system disorders – including arthritis
Nervous system disorders
Urinary tract disease – including FLUTD in cats
Respiratory tract disorders
Cardiovascular disease
Skin disease
Gastrointestinal disease
In-Home Acupuncture Treatments Available In:
Rouse Hill • North Kellyville • Kellyville • Castle Hill • Beaumont Hills • Kellyville Ridge • Annangrove • Glenhaven
Appointment Duration
45 minutes (60 minutes for initial appointment)
In-Home Follow-Up Acupuncture Appointments
Review of progress after treatment, discussion based around any of your concerns, updating treatment plan, physical examination and acupuncture treatment in your home.

Price: $120

How To Prepare Your Pet For An Appointment
When you book your appointment please let us know what you’re pets favourite treats are so that we can try to have them or something similar on hand to help keep them happy and distracted.

Try to have your pet a little hungry for their appointment. It will help them to want to take treats from me. If your pet is on a special diet and you would rather us feed that than please have some on hand for us to use.

We will try to choose a location that is relatively quiet and whilst we don’t mind if your pet moves around a little during the treatment we don’t want them wandering off around the house spreading acupuncture needles far and wide so we may need them to remain on a lead or us be confined to a smaller room.

Our acupuncture needles are beige and fine, so it is best if we can avoid your pet laying on knitted blankets or woven/natural fiber rugs (from experience it can be quite challenging to find the needles which fall out in these situations).

In-Home Initial Acupuncture Appointment
Full patient history assessment prior to appointment, clinical discussion around your concerns, recommendations and specific treatment plan for you pet, physical examination and acupuncture treatment in your home.

Price: $160

What To Expect During An Appointment
For the first 15 minutes of the appointment, I am getting acquainted with you and your pet. I take this time to get a good understanding of your concerns, your pet’s current conditions, current treatments and collect a full history. I may seem to ignore your pet initially, this allows them to feel more comfortable if they can approach me rather than me approaching them.

Once I have collected a full history I will examine your pet from both a Western Medicine standpoint as well as a Traditional Chinese Medicine standpoint. With the information collected from both the history and the physical examination, I am able to develop an acupuncture treatment plan.

At the start of the acupuncture treatment, I usually place one or two calming points to help your pet relax. From that point, we will be providing plenty of treats to ensure they are comfortable and start to associate acupuncture treatments with their favourite treats. I will generally place between 21 and 20 needles depending on the condition. It usually takes 3 – 5 minutes to place the acupuncture needles and then they remain in place for 20 – 30 minutes. Some needles will fall out during the treatment. This is normal. Your pet is also able to lay down during the treatment.

Booking An Acupuncture Appointment

We have two ways to book appointments:

1. You may call or text 0411 052 779 to request an appointment. As you can understand if we are with a patient we are unable to answer calls but will get back to you as promptly as we can.
2. Book an appointment online.  If you are unable to find a time with our online booking system please give us a call as will do our best to find a time that is suitable.

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