Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine at Tweed Coast Vet



You may think the idea of someone putting needles into your pet is a strange one. Or perhaps you think your pet would not even stand still to tolerate it!

But Dr Brigid uses such fine needles that they are virtually painless and usually extremely well tolerated. Many pets – both dogs and cats – become relaxed or sleepy during a treatment. Dogs will also enjoy the attention and complementary liver treats.

There are many situations in which acupuncture can actually be extremely beneficial in pets.

Pain management is probably the best known reason for acupuncture. In acute injuries such as strains and sprains or muscle spasm there is often a good improvement even after one treatment. More chronic problems such as arthritis and spinal problems need more regular treatments. Depending on the situation, acupuncture can be used alone in these cases or combined with herbs or Western medications.
Gastrointestinal problems such as recurring diarrhoea or constipation also respond well to acupuncture and/or herbs.
Urinary problems such as recurring infections or incontinence often respond rapidly to acupuncture. Incontinence can be seen in elderly animals, but can also in younger animals as in the case of some speyed bitches. A course of acupuncture can stop this type of incontinence, which otherwise may need a lifetime of medication.
Chinese medicine can be especially useful in older animals with a number of concurrent problems. Any decrease in reliance on other medications, such as anti-inflammatories, is especially beneficial in the elderly. With acupuncture there is very little risk of any side effects when properly performed.
Stressed and anxious animals are also candidates for Chinese medicine. In these cases factors causing the stress or anxiety are also looked at. Generally when using Chinese medicine the overall picture including diet, exercise or other considerations are looked at to find any underlying cause and to make recurrence less likely. The aim is to improve health and well-being overall, at the same time as addressing individual symptoms.
Chinese medicine encompasses a complex view of the way the body works and how to treat illness. Concepts  include moving qi or blood, balancing or tonifying yin and yang, expelling cold or damp and cooling heat. These concepts may seem foreign to Western thought, however using this framework as it has been developed over time is frequently rewarding.
If you are interested in finding out more about our complementary medicines, ask to see Dr Brigid Becket when you call