Could veterinary acupuncture be what your beloved pet or valuable livestock need to improve their quality of life? Are you concerned your pet or animal isn’t living life to his fullest? Perhaps your precious dog is in pain, reducing her quality of life? Or maybe you are worried that medications may have adverse side effects on your dear feline friend? Veterinary acupuncture treatment can help your four-legged family member live life to the fullest!

Veterinary acupuncture helps by:

  • Alleviating pain
  • Improving blood flow
  • Reducing painful inflammation
  • Improving mobility
  • Minimising the need for medications

What conditions can Veterinary Acupuncture treat?

Veterinary acupuncture is commonly used, alongside conventional treatments to get the best of both worlds, to treat:

  • Spinal problems
  • Nerve injuries
  • Arthritis
  • Skin conditions
  • Surgical recovery
  • Behavioural problems
  • Minimise impact of cancers on the body
  • Palliative care
  • Support poorly functioning organs

Scientific research shows acupuncture affects all major body systems, it:

  • Releases hormones that reduce pain
  • Changes the inflammatory pathways
  • Improves blood circulation
  • Releases chemical messengers within the body to promote healing

What is involved with a veterinary acupuncture treatment?

Our acupuncture vet, Dr. Sara Bailey, first takes a thorough history, to gain as much information as possible, while also allowing your pet to relax and get as comfortable. Sara then conducts an exam specific to formulating a powerful acupuncture treatment unique to your pet’s needs.

  • Fine needles are carefully placed in chosen acupuncture points around the body.
  • Positive rewards, such as liver treats, are given to patients throughout the treatment to help them relax and enjoy the visit.
  • Needles are generally left in for 10 minutes and then removed.

Appointments are scheduled at weekly or fortnightly intervals initially, and then the frequency is reduced depending on the presenting problems.

What animals can benefit from veterinary acupuncture treatment?

A wide range of animals can be successfully treated using veterinary acupuncture, including:

  • Dogs
  • Cats
  • Horses
  • Cows
  • Sheep
  • Goats
  • Alpacas
  • Rabbits
  • Geese (yes, our town goose has had veterinary acupuncture treatments!)
  • Wildlife

How can I access veterinary acupuncture?

Veterinary acupuncture appointments are available here at the Snowy River Vet Clinic in Orbost with our vet Sara. Sara also offers a mobile service for veterinary acupuncture from Orbost through to Maffra. Sara grew up around animals receiving acupuncture treatments to improve their quality of life, and now brings that on board with her current veterinary practices. She completed her Certificate of Veterinary Acupuncture in 2014 through the Chi Institute

Contact Sara today to find out how veterinary acupuncture may be able to help improve the quality of life for your beloved pet or valuable livestock.

Give her a call today on 5154 2387.