Central Victorian Veterinary Acupuncture

About Veterinary Acupuncture

Acupuncture is the practice of stimulating very specific points on the surface of the body in order to alleviate health problems. Central Victorian Veterinary Acupuncture offers dog and cat acupuncture and equine services for the areas around Central Victoria including Bendigo, Ballarat, etc. Referral patients are accepted from any other area. If we can help a patient we will!

How acupuncture works:

  1. In chinese terms, energy (qi/chi) flows through the body in channels called meridians.Imbalances such as obstruction, excess, deficiency etc of this qi causes disease. By correcting this imbalance disease can be alleviated. Acupuncture points are areas where we can influence this qi.
  2. In western terms, acupuncture points are areas of increased nerve density. Stimulation of these areas causes measurable increases in hormone (e.g endorphins) levels in the body, alteration of white blood cell numbers etc. In essence it has been shown to stimulate the body’s own immune system.

Acupuncture stimulation can be by:

  • Fine needles inserted into the points
  • Heat (moxibustion)
  • Low level electrical currents
  • Injection of liquids (e.g local anaesthetic)
  • Pressure
  • Lasers
  • Gold bead implants

The logistics of acupuncture treatment:

  • The initial visit involves gathering an accurate and complete history of the problem followed by a full examination of the patient, both from a conventional veterinary perspective and Chinese medicine viewpoint.
  • In general, if the problem would be best treated by Western medicine, or some tests are necessary you will be referred back to your usual vet.
  • Once a diagnosis is made (the most important key to success), a formula of appropriate points is worked out.
  • The best way of stimulating the points varies with the problem. It may be any of the above methods.
  • Treatment may be once only, may be a short course (4-6) or may be a few times per year for life (e.g. arthritic problems)
  • Generally the points are stimulated for 8-10 minutes or 20-30 minutes depending on the effect desired.
  • Depending on the condition, an effect may be seen after the first treatment, or not till after 3 or 4 treatments.
  • Acupuncture can be used in conjunction with western treatments if it’s not appropriate to cease conventional therapy.

When acupuncture isn’t appropriate:

  • Some conditions may be best treated with conventional veterinary care (e.g a broken leg)
  • Highly stressed animals. The patient needs to be relaxed for acupuncture to be work best. Inserting the needles is nearly painless, but some animals are simply very tense or aggressive (if necessary, tranquilization can be used, but this is a last resort)
  • Like conventional vet care, acupuncture is not a “guaranteed cure-all”. If Dr Clark doesn't think the chances of success are reasonable, that there is better treatment available, or after a few treatments, that we aren’t getting the response we should, then he will advise you to seek other treatments.

Get in Touch

Phone: 0408 509 405

Locate us at9 Stevens Lane, Guildford,
VIC 3451
PO box address for Castlemaine Veterinary ClinicP.O. Box 943, Guildford, VIC 3451
Small Animal - Dog and Cat Acupuncture Services
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