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Acupuncture for Animals


Vet Acupuncture Treatments provide Eastern medicine for animals (acupuncture and Chinese herbal therapies).


What conditions can be treated by acupuncture?

Acupuncture can treat a range of conditions in animals very effectively. Musculoskeletal conditions are very commonly treated with acupuncture, although many internal medical conditions respond extremely well to herbs and acupuncture.

Some conditions that acupuncture and herbs may be helpful for include

  • Gastrointestinal tract conditions such as IBD, chronic diarrhea, vomiting,
  • Respiratory conditions
  • Cardiac conditions
  • Neurological conditions such as stroke, paresis/paralysis, IVDD, epilepsy
  • Behavioural problems such as separation anxiety, OCD, aggression
  • Urinary conditions such as incontinence/enuresis
  • Cancer

Because most internal medical conditions take a long time to develop, it can also take internal medical conditions a while to resolve.

The duration of treatment will be dependent on your animal’s ability to heal and your commitment to deliver medications and treatments.

This will be discussed at your first consultation.

How does acupuncture work?

  • Multiple scientific studies have shown that acupuncture points are located at points on the skin of lower electrical resistance, have an increased concentration of arteries, veins, lymphatics and neurons and have a range of local and systemic effects, particularly in the brain.
  • Stimulation of acupuncture points causes peripheral release of pain modulators such as dynorphyn, endorphins and central release of nore-adrenalin and encephlins.
  • Further MRI studies have shown that stimulation of certain acupuncture points cause parts of the brain to ‘light up’ (activation). For example stimulating a point on the foot of a human is traditionally used in acupuncture to treat eye conditions, causing that part of the brain responsible for vision, to ‘activate’.

More and more western scientific studies are being released in reputable medical journals every year providing a sound scientific basis that acupuncture really works.

What does it cost?

  • An initial consultation for small animals is $115, with subsequent consultations being $85.
  • Chinese herbs start from $1/gram and usually last between 2-4 weeks – depending on the dose and size of the animal.
  • TENS alone $75, TENS as part of an acupuncture session $35

What to expect with a small animal treatment.

  • The consultation will involve the Four Examinations, taking a holistic history, along with a clinical examination where the whole body is examined.
  • The Four Examinations [or Four Diagnoses] involves inspection and looking; listening and smelling; inquiry and asking and palpitation – pulse, abdomen, channels.
  • Once a diagnosis has been reached, acupuncture will commence.
  • The animal is encouraged to relax for approximately 10-20 minutes while needles are in situ. Owners are welcome to leave their animals for examination and treatment under the care of Dr Elissa Marriott.
  • Dr Marriott may also prescribe Chinese herbs to be given to the animal following treatment to support their healing.