What is acupuncture and how can it help my pet?
Acupuncture is a form of traditional Chinese veterinary medicine. It relies on the stimulation of points in the body where nerve and blood vessels meet, known as acupuncture points.

Traditionally, this involves the placement of needles into the acupuncture points, although we are now pleased to be able to offer needle-less Laser acupuncture for patients who may not be as amenable to needles!

The goal of acupuncture is to help the body heal itself. Since acupuncture is drug free, the addition of traditional Chinese veterinary medicine to conventional Western medicine can be a powerful combination to manage pets’ health.

Our Acupuncture services are provided by Dr Felix Wilsmann of Atlantic Points Acupuncture. Felix is a fully qualified vet who has additional certification in acupuncture and chiropractic care. This combination places him in a fantastic position to accurately diagnose and manage pain in pets. He has also been very involved in the setting up and running of the Well Pet Hospital Pain Clinics.

Conditions it helps
Veterinary acupuncture can be used to treat a variety of conditions, particularly those that involve inflammation and pain, including:

  • Arthritis
  • Degenerative Joint Disease (DJD)
  • Trauma or surgery
  • Cancer
  • Metabolic Diseases including: Kidney and liver failure, pancreatitis, feline hyperthyroidism, Cushing’s disease, Addison’s disease, hypothyroidism and diabetes can all cause nausea, appetite, and energy changes, and can all benefit from acupuncture.

Sounds good, how do I get acupuncture for my pet?
In general, you and your pet will have an initial consultation with our Veterinary Acupuncturist, where an assessment is made of your pet and its condition, a treatment plan is drawn up and the treatment is started straight away.

Usually pets receive weekly acupuncture sessions for 3-4 weeks, and then top-ups as needed every few weeks, depending on the condition.

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