Acupuncture for pets is offered at Southern Cross Veterinary Clinic. Acupuncture is the practise of inserting fine, solid needles into the body for pain relief or, in some cases, to help the body deal with other diseases. Acupuncture works through the nervous system. The needles block the pain messages and encourage the brain and central nervous system to produce more of the body’s natural painkillers. In conditions that are not painful, acupuncture may help to reset the body’s normal functioning.
Pain is the most common indication for acupuncture. Usually this means pain associated with arthritis, but also muscle strains, pain secondary to disc disease and bony changes of the spine (spondylosis). Other kinds of pain may also respond. Functional conditions such as constipation and cystitis in cats and irritable bowel type problems, colic and acral lick dermatitis (lick granuloma) in dogs may respond.