One of our vets, Tyler, has undertaken further training to provide veterinary acupuncture. Alongside conventional medicine and surgery, many people are interested in alternative methods of health care and healing for themselves.

Naturally, you might be interested in this for your pet. At ICR we offer integrative veterinary medicine ­ combining acupuncture with conventional medical and surgical therapy for a variety of conditions, including arthritis and chronic joint or back pain.

Your pet’s therapy will be performed by Tyler McNeil, one of our veterinary surgeons who has successfully completed the Western Veterinary Acupuncture foundation course. Acupuncture is the practise of inserting fine needles into the body to help provide pain relief and in some cases help the body to deal with other diseases. It works by stimulating the body’s nervous system to produce natural pain relief and reset the body’s normal functioning. It can be used along­side or as a sole treatment for various painful conditions or certain diseases.

Most animals tolerate acupuncture very well. Occasionally, some individuals will react when the needles are first inserted but once they are in and the animal realises they aren’t painful they will typically relax and in some cases become sedated or sleepy. We ask that you commit to at least four sessions to allow enough time to assess whether they are responding well to the therapy. Typically, animals will be treated weekly for four weeks then the time period between sessions may be increased, depending on the patient’s response. Initial consultations last between 30 and 45 minutes and subsequent visits 15­ to 30 minutes.

For more information, please contact us today or speak with one of our vets to find out if this therapy would be beneficial for your pet.