Q: Will it hurt my pet?

A: No, the needles are very fine and placement is chosen to minimise discomfort.

Q: Is it like ‘normal’ Chinese acupuncture?

A: Not exactly. I work from a conventional veterinary diagnosis and examination of the pet to determine where the needles should be placed. Sometimes this coincidences with Chinese acupuncture points, sometimes not. The placement of needles into the body is the same.

Q: When can acupuncture not be used?

A: Acupuncture cannot be used if there is skin infection and caution should be taken for animals that are receiving immunosuppressive treatments.

Q: Do you do acupuncture on all animals?

A: I only treat dogs, cats and rabbits.

Q: What should I expect from the treatment?

A: Please see What to expect for further details.

Q: How many treatments are required?

A: For long-term conditions I recommend a course of 4-6 sessions spaced about 5-7 days apart to get the best response. After this treatment is required just as often as your pets needs it.

Q: How do I get an appointment?

A: You need to contact your vet for them to arrange a referral to me. Once I have all the details I will contact you to make an appointment.

Q: How much will it cost?

A: For a home visit the initial consultation is £95 and follow-up consultations are £80, with discounts for block bookings. If your referral is being arranged through a clinic you will need to contact them for the current price. If your pet is insured you may be able to claim these costs back through your existing policy.

Q: Do I need to talk to my vet?

A: Yes, I can only accept cases that have been referred by your vet.

Q: Can you do home visits?

A: Yes, this is often the most relaxing environment for your pet to receive acupuncture.

Q: Can I use acupuncture as an alternative therapy instead of painkillers or other drugs?

A: Acupuncture is not an alternative to conventional medications. It is used to provide additional pain relief and other benefits. However there may be cases where other medications cannot be used and so acupuncture may have a more prominent role.

Q: Would my pet need to be sedated for this treatment?

I have not had to sedate any patient for acupuncture. This would only happen if they were so painful that even normal touch causes them to be painful. Dogs, cats and rabbits often accept acupuncture treatment very well.

Q: Is acupuncture safe?

Acupuncture is very safe, in the right hands. On animals, legally it must be performed by a veterinary surgeon. There have been no official reports of problems in animals, but there are some in humans and these can be avoided with care and a good knowledge of anatomy. There are some cases in which we would be very cautious about using acupuncture and this is why it is important that we have your pet’s full medical history and a referral from your vet.

Acupuncture for Pets (registered in England and Wales as Acupuncture 4 Pets Ltd, Company No. 09256187) is insured and indemnified to carry out small animal veterinary services by the Veterinary Defence Society.