Dr Marks has completed further training in acupuncture and alternative medicine for animals having received her IVAS certification. Dr Marks is able to provide tailored consultations and treatment options for patients for whom acupuncture would benefit, including animals suffering from arthritis and other muscle injuries, internal medical issues and behavioural concerns.
Pet acupuncture can be offered as a useful treatment option for many chronic pain conditions or illnesses. Dr Helen Marks has completed further training and received her International Veterinary Acupuncture Society certification in acupuncture and alternative medicine for animals, so is able to confidently provide this service for your pet.
What does pet acupuncture involve?
Acupuncture involves the stimulation of known acupuncture points to alter the functioning and balance of the immune, hormonal and nervous systems. These points are located along nerve pathways with high concentration of nerve endings. Stimulation at these points has been shown to increase local blood flow, stimulate the immune system, and relax surrounding tissue.
The procedure usually involves use of ultra-fine needles superficially on specific areas of your pet – the sensation is typically painless and not bothersome. You may elect to be present with your pet provided you can maintain a calm and soothing presence, so they know it’s all OK and nothing to be frightened about.
Would pet acupuncture help my dog or cat?
Acupuncture may be recommended in combination with other veterinary treatments, or as a sole treatment option if that is deemed safest for your individual pet.
Pet acupuncture can provide benefit for:
- pain relief of musculoskeletal issues in your dog or cat, such as:
- arthritis in the joints of the limbs or spine
- traumatic injuries of the musculoskeletal system (e.g. after accidents or falls)
- intervertebral disc disease in the spine
- joint instability e.g. luxating patella, hip dysplasia
- internal medical issues in your dog or cat, e.g.:
- gastrointestinal disorders, e.g. chronic diarrhoea or other gut inflammation
- chronic illness
- urinary or kidney disease
- liver disease
- skin disease, e.g. itchiness
- behavioural issues, e.g. anxiety.
How long does pet acupuncture take?
Acupuncture at Beach and Bay Vet begins with a longer first consultation, where Dr Helen collects detailed owner history and performs an examination, so that she can make a diagnosis as to the source of the pain. This is very important to allow the acupuncture to be directed towards your dog’s or cat’s particular issue.
Treatment sessions normally take about 30 minutes. Initial needle placement happens over 5 minutes, and then your pet is encouraged to relax with the needles in place for a further 20 minutes. Usually four sessions in total are recommended, but Dr Helen may vary this depending on your individual pet’s requirements.
Post-treatment, Dr Helen will advise you on any further specific aftercare for your pet’s particular condition.
How long will it take to see improvement in my pet?
Improvement can be immediate, particularly for musculoskeletal issues. Other issues may take several months to show improvement. The benefits to your pet may be long-lasting, however chronic pain issues (especially those with multiple sources) will be best managed with repeated sessions.
Please contact us at the clinic if you have any further questions about the Beach and Bay Vet Acupuncture service, or if you would like to book your pet in for acupuncture sessions.