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
In-Home Follow-Up Acupuncture Appointments
How To Prepare Your Pet For An Appointment
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
What To Expect During An Appointment
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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