Tel: 01751 472204 
Email: enquiries@eastgatevetcentre.co.uk 

ACUPUNCTURE  

Katie Longmire has studied and achieved a Certificate in Chronic Pain Management and Western Veterinary Acupuncture. This has given her extra insight in identifying and treating chronic painful conditions, particularly arthritis. Acupuncture can also be used to treat other conditions such as constipation and cystitis. 
 
East meets West 
 
Chinese medicine treats the disease of emotions, the environment, physiology and hereditary factors. Acupuncture is used to re-balance the flow of life force known as Qi. The Western approach to acupuncture releases natural pain-relieving chemicals in the brain, spinal cord or the actual muscles being needled. 
How long is an acupuncture session? 
 
Each appointment lasts around 15 minutes. Sessions are carried out in the afternoon between 3.00 and 5.00pm allowing the extra time needed with our patients when the practice is a little quieter. 
 
How many sessions will my pet need? 
 
The initial course of treatment is four weekly sessions. Treatments then continue at the rate at which the patient tells us is required. This can vary from further weekly appointments to monthly. 
 
How will my animal react? 
 
Humans describe acupuncture as feeling like pins and needles. Most animals show no pain and become relaxed or even drowsy. If an animal is particularly sensitive, smaller needles can be used. An animal would never be sedated just to receive acupuncture. 
 
I don't like needles. Do I have to be there? 
 
Owners can of course stay with their pet while acupuncture is carried out, but if you would prefer not to stay, one of our nursing team will be happy to keep your pet company while Katie places the needles. 
 
How many sessions will my pet need? 
 
Yes. Sometimes acupuncture allows us to lower the doses of conventional drugs.