What is acupuncture?

Acupuncture is the use of very fine needles to stimulate points in the body for the treatment of illness and injury.

How is acupuncture carried out with animals?

Veterinary acupuncture at Cromwell Vets is carried out by Vet Amanda Jakins, who will work closely with the Veterianry Surgeon in charge of your pet’s care.

In most cases the initial treatment course involves seeing your pet weekly for four sessions. The needles are very small and most animals do not find this a stressful or painful procedure. After examination of your pet, between 8 and 15 needles are placed in different points around the body. The needles are normally in place for approximately 10 minutes. Some animals are sleepy for the rest of the day after treatment.

Acupuncture can be used in conjunction with other treatment modalities including most medicines (with a few exceptions) and it can work very well in combination with physiotherapy and hydrotherapy.

What can acupuncture help with?

Acupuncture can be beneficial for a wide range of conditions. At present here at Cromwell Vets we mostly use it to treat musculoskeletal conditions such as arthritis, hip and elbow dysplasia, post injury, and intervertebral disc disease. It can aid healing and can also provide relief from pain.

How to book an appointment for acupuncture

Most of our acupuncture is carried out at our Sawtry Surgery, but appointments can be arranged at our other surgeries where needed. Please speak to your Vet if you think your pet may benefit from acupuncture.