We now offer VETERINARY ACUPUNCTURE as an alternative to, or in combination with, conventional medicine and surgery. Dr Wey Yin Loh is our qualified acupuncture veterinarian and you can call us on 9438 1311 to make an appointment.
Conditions that are commonly treated with acupuncture include ( but not limited to ):
– Musculoskeletal conditions : arthritis, hip and elbow dysplasia, back pain, intervertebral disc disease.
– Gastrointestinal issues: vomiting, diarrhoea, anorexia
– Eyes, ears and skin conditions : dry eyes, ear infections
– Urinary and kidney diseases
– Cardiovascular and respiratory diseases
– and many more.
What is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture is part of TCM ( Traditional Chinese Medicine ), and has been around for more than 2000 years. It involves insertion of a very fine sterile needle into specific points ( acupuncture points ) along the body’s meridians to clear energy blockages, encourage flow of normal Qi ” life energy” and bring our pets’ body back to a balanced state.
How does Acupuncture work?
Each stimulated point provides several different effects. Research has shown that it works through local and systemic effects, releasing hormones and neuropeptides to provide pain relief , stimulate the nervous system, boost immunity, as well as relaxing the body.
How many treatments will my pet need?
This depends on your pet and their specific condition. Some will require several weekly treatments, while others require a session every few weeks to months. A combination of both is fairly common as well.
How long is each session?
Each session differs and is tailored specifically for your pets’ individual needs. Sessions range from 30 – 60 minutes or more, where the first initial consultation may be slightly longer than subsequent revisits.
Are there other forms of Acupuncture?
Yes. Other than dry-needling, we also offer aqua-puncture ( injection into specific acupuncture points for longer lasting effects ), electro-acupuncture ( low current stimulator attached to dry needles for stronger effect ) and Moxibustion ( needle-free, heated herbal sticks placed over acupuncture points ).
Is it painful?
Some points can be more sensitive than others if it is an “active point” requiring treatment. These points may be slightly uncomfortable during treatment but they make our pets feel much better after !!
What will it cost me?
A rough estimate of $100 – $130 for the initial consultation and acupuncture session, then $88 – $118 for subsequent sessions. This may differ on the day if other medications are prescribed.