Veterinary Acupuncture- what is it all about?

By Aoife O’Sullivan Veterinary Surgeon, Rockall Veterinary

What is Veterinary Acupuncture?

Acupuncture is an alternative method to help treat some illnesses and conditions by gently placing fine, sterile needles in certain areas of the body. It can be used as a sole treatment or in conjunction with current medications. 

How does it work?

It works through the nervous system by stimulating the body’s self-healing processes. This helps deliver the bodies natural pain-killers to sore/tender areas. In cases where there is no pain, acupuncture can help restore balance and bring back normal function to the affected body systems.

What conditions can acupuncture treat?

Acupuncture is primarily used to treat painful conditions such as back and joint pain in our pets. However, it can also be used to alleviate respiratory conditions such as asthma and some gastrointestinal issues. The most common conditions that we see for acupuncture include intervertebral disc disease, knee/hip pain, Osteoarthritis and muscle tension.

How well do pets tolerate acupuncture?

Often pets will tolerate acupuncture very well! We see that frequently they become sleepy and calm through the session. We like to make the environment as relaxed and comfortable as possible. 

Can I stay with my pet during the session?

Under Pre-COVID 19 conditions, Absolutely! Unfortunately under COVID 19 restrictions, owners cannot remain with their pet. But we are happy to make a video so you are confident they are in capable hands. We are frequently admitted them as a day patient and discharging once there treatment is complete. 

How long does a session last and how many does my pet need?

An average session will last approximately 30-45 minutes. We advise most cases to have between 4-6 sessions of acupuncture which can vary on a case by case basis and can tailor sessions based on how well your pet is responding.

In clinic acupuncture treatments  


What can I expect?

Your pet may be very sleepy after their acupuncture sessions. You may see an improvement in your pet after their first treatment and sometimes it can take up to 3 treatments. It would be very rare for your pet to have any adverse side effects from acupuncture. 

Two of our Vets Aoife O’Sullivan and Dr. Claire Corridan, are offering their services at Rockall Veterinary locations Clare street Vets, Henry Street Vets, Shannon Vets and Monaleen Vets. Home visits can be arranged, but we must ensure strict COVID19 precautions are taken and adhered too.

One of our patients receiving treatments whilst enjoying some ‘mutt butter’ form their lick mat in the comfort of their own home.  

If you have any questions regarding acupuncture or would like to know if your pet would be a candidate for treatment, then please call Aoife or Claire on 061 333033, Monaleen Vets, to discuss your pet’s needs. Also follow us on Facebook and Instagram as we post videos and photos on more pets being treated with acupuncture. And for all our veterinary updates and special offer.

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