What is acupuncture?

Acupuncture is a therapy developed by the Chinese over 2000 years ago. It involves the insertion of very fine needles into certain points of the body to produce a clinical effect.

At Castle Vets veterinary acupuncture treatments are carried out by veterinary surgeon Christel van Veen.

What can acupuncture be used for?

In veterinary medicine acupuncture is often used to relieve the following conditions:

  • Arthritis
  • Stiffness
  • Back pain
  • General pain and recovery from surgical procedures
  • Chronic conditions such as skin problems, epilepsy and inflammatory conditions

How many sessions will my pet need and what is involved?

For new cases, a course of three sessions at weekly intervals is ideal. The first session will be the longest as Christel will examine, assess and get to know your pet before treatment is carried out.  Subsequent sessions usually only take 20 minutes and we find that most pets start to enjoy their sessions with Christel.

After the initial acupuncture course, repeat sessions are based on the individual needs of the pet and his or her condition. Some may require fortnightly or monthly treatments, while others may only require treatment every few months.

Generally you will stay with your pet during their treatment to help them feel more relaxed.

Is acupuncture painful for my pet?

The needles used are very fine, much smaller than the needles used for injections, and in most cases the pet hardly notices the sensation at all. In certain areas of the body they may find insertion slightly uncomfortable but most animals do not even flinch during acupuncture.

Can all pets have acupuncture?

This treatment is not suitable for aggressive animals as muzzling and restraint is not conducive to successful therapy.

How much will it cost?

The initial session including a consultation and assessment of your pet costs £57.00 and lasts 30-40 minutes. Subsequent sessions are £44.00.

The cost of Veterinary acupuncture is covered by many pet insurance companies, so it is worth checking with your insurance provider if your pet’s treatment costs will be covered.

What next?

If you would like to book your pet in for veterinary acupuncture then please contact the practice on 0118 957 4488 to make an appointment. Referral from your veterinary surgeon is not necessary, however in some cases, it is useful for Christel to have your pet’s clinical history especially after a surgical procedure or for an ongoing chronic condition.

If you have any questions about veterinary acupuncture and whether it will help your pet, please contact us on 0118 957 4488 and we will arrange for Christel to contact you.

Find Out More

The Association of British Veterinary Acupuncturists