Acupuncture has been in use in China and other Eastern countries for several thousand years. It was introduced to the West more recently, and its use is now widespread.

Treatment consists of inserting very fine sterile needles into specific points on the body. This is well tolerated by most animals, and most relax and enjoy the experience. Some have a snooze! Sometimes electroacupuncture is used. This consists of a tiny current being passed between needles deep in the muscle, like a deeper type of TENS treatment. It can produce a more profound relaxation and longer acting pain relief, and isn't as scary as it sounds!

Acupuncture works by altering the pain messages reaching the brain through the nerves. It also relaxes painful muscle spasm, causes the release of natural healing chemicals in the body, and releases endorphins, the body's own painkillers, which not only give effective pain relief but also stimulate the immune system and give a `feel-good factor' - most patients definitely ask to be needled again!

Acupuncture is especially effective in treating:

  • musculoskeletal conditions e.g. arthritis, stiffness, old and recent injuries, lameness, back pain, hip dysplasia, ligament and tendon damage
  • chronic pain management
  • 'wobbler' Dobermans (cervical spondylomyelopathy)
  • encouraging wound healing
  • stimulation of the immune system
  • some bladder conditions (leaking urine)
  • megacolon (chronic constipation) in cats

and many other conditions.

Please contact me to make an appointment, or if you are unsure whether or not your pet's problem is suitable for acupuncture treatment.



Association of British Veterinary Acupuncturists

pet acupuncture
A chronic licked sore on a dog's leg (lick granuloma), this healed well with 3 acupuncture treatments

Jess was having difficulty getting up and lying down, and was generally slow in moving.  Often she did not respond when her owner called her.   Since her acupuncture treatments, she is much more mobile and is noticeably brighter and happier.  Her hearing seems to have improved also, now that she is not so sore!




Love St Vets, Love St, Paisley PA3 2DY

McTaggart Vet Group, 47 Vennel St, Dalry KA24 4AG

Avondale Vet Group, Strathaven, ML10 6SY

appointments by arrangement

Please book direct through Alternative Veterinary Therapies,

07765 666572

The host practices do not make acupuncture appointments direct.

Looking forward to hearing from you!