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Veterinary Acupuncture



Acupuncture has been used in human medicine for over 5,000 years, and in animals for over 3,000 years. Acupuncture is the stimulation of specific points on the body, which have the ability to alter various biochemical and physiological conditions in order to achieve a healing effect. It is not always a cure-all, but it works well when used alone or in combination with traditional veterinary medicine or rehabilitation - the approach is best considered as collaborative and holistic for your pet. Acupuncture has been shown to be useful in pain management, in the treatment of musculoskeletal conditions (acute/ chronic) and in a broad range of chronic medical diseases.

Additionally, acupuncture has no risk of liver or kidney damage as may occur with conventional medicines such as anti-inflammatories (NSAIDs)


How Does Acupuncture Work?

Ancient Chinese medical philosophy believes that disease is a result of an imbalance of energy in the body. Acupuncture is believed to balance this energy, and thereby assist the body in healing disease. In Western terms, acupuncture can assist the body's efforts to heal itself by causing certain physiological changes. Acupuncture activates the nervous system. Its been proven to relieve pain and muscle spasms, and stimulate circulation, nerve regeneration and the immune systems. It causes the release of hormones, such as endorphins (one of the body's pain control chemicals) or cortisol (a natural steroid). Acupuncture also decreases inflammation and promotes healing of diseased tissue and organs, making it particularly helpful for pets recovering from surgery or coping with disease.

The different types of acupuncture used at Aquapaws include: dry needle acupuncture ("normal" acupuncture); electro-acupuncture (a micro-current connected from one needle to another); laser-acupuncture (for animals that cannot tolerate the needles); and aqua-puncture (injection of Vitamin B12 or similar substances into the acupuncture points).

Some of the conditions that respond well to acupuncture

Acupuncture is known to have therapeutic effects in a wide variety of animal diseases. Pain modification is an important application of veterinary acupuncture, but there are much wider applications. Examples of clinical conditions where veterinary acupuncture may be used are:


q Musculoskeletal disorders: arthritis, degenerative joint disease, hip dysplasia, intervertebral disc disease, post operative surgery
q Spinal conditions:
q Head trauma/disease: epilepsy, brain trauma following car accidents
q Gastrointestinal disorders: inflammatory bowel disease, chronic/acute diarrhoea, chronic constipation, nausea, decreased appetite
q Urinary disorders
q Skin problems: lick granulomas, chronic allergies, decrease wound healing time, scar therapy


Canine Acupuncture services are provided by Dr Katrina Gregory BVSc.MACVSc.(animal behaviour; anaesth.& crit.care)

Dr Kat has intensively trained by the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society.

Please call our centre on 59 77 88 41

or Dr Kat directly on 0434 987 757

or email Dr Kat directly on
drkat@bigpond.com

to book an appointment.

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