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Acupuncture involves stimulation of specific locations in the body, usually by fine needles. These points trigger nervous or hormonal responses which aid in pain relief, enhance rates of healing and promote disease resistance.

For more information on acupuncture for animals, call

01476 563 371

At first consultation, your pets clinical history and recent treatments will be reviewed and a full examination given. This will include location of points specific to your pet’s condition (acupoints), palpation of any sore or tender areas, tender (Chinese ‘Ah Shi’) points and identification of

‘trigger points’ within muscles or joints. Fine needles will then be placed in the area for a few moments or removed straight away (depending on clinical assessment and your pet’s response). You are welcome to stay with your pet during the session, or take a seat in the waiting room if you prefer.

What will an acupuncture session involve?

This depends entirely on the condition under treatment and your pet’s response. Post-operative treatment for improved rates of healing may only require one or two sessions. Treatment of chronic arthritis may need weekly sessions initially, but could be maintained at 4 to 6 week intervals.

How often will my pet need to come for treatment?

Acupuncture is intended to complement conventional therapy, not replace it, so your pet will be offered acupuncture alongside other investigations or treatments. Such as x-rays, operations and/or medication.

When would my vet advise acupuncture?

Acupuncture for animals in Grantham

Most companies will now honour claims for acupuncture courses, but we’d advise you to check with your own company before making a claim.

Will my insurance cover acupuncture?

Most of the adverse reactions documented are from human acupuncture & include:


  • Fainting

  • Sweating

  • Sedation

  • Bruising

  • Bleeding

  • Pain

  • Stuck needles

  • Local infection

  • Contact allergy

  • Nerve damage


Most of these are temporary

& easily resolved, but do ask if you have any specific concerns.

Are there any side effects?

Pregnant animals or those fitted with a cardiac pace-maker will need special assessment before proceeding with acupuncture. Some animals may not like the needling sensation. General anaesthetic or sedation may be used in some circumstances, but treatment should not be pursued if it is causing distress.

Are there any situations in which acupuncture would not be used?

Acupuncture for a dog