I offer veterinary acupuncture to dogs and cats in London, Essex and Kent. I provide a mobile service, with treatments taking place in the comfort of your own home where your pet is most relaxed. I have 11 years' experience as a veterinary surgeon and use this experience to tailor treatment to your pets' individual needs.
Since graduating from the University of Cambridge in 2011, I have worked in various small animal practices around London. I have a particular interest in Geriatric Medicine and this has lead me to a qualification in veterinary acupuncture and enables me to offer the most complete treatments to my patients. I am a member of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons and a member of the Association of British Veterinary Acupuncturists.
Once you have registered interest with London Veterinary Acupuncture, I will contact your vet for your pet's medical history, to enable me to have the information I need to formulate an individual treatment plan. The initial session is longer to enable further information gathering and examination of your pet.
Initial Treatment Duration: 45-60 minutes
Follow-up Treatment Duration: 30-45 minutes
Acupuncture involves the insertion of fine, sterile needles into muscles at certain points on the body to stimulate sensory nerves and encourage release of endorphins.
Most pets relax during the treatment and do not mind the needles going in. For some of our friends, in-out needling is more appropriate - this means the needles still going in at the same points but these are not left in-dwelling. This can still have beneficial effects and allows the pet to have treatment at their own pace.
In most cases, I recommend an initial block of 4 sessions at weekly intervals - by weeks 3-4, there should be a noticeable improvement in many conditions. If this is the case, then we can continue treatments every 2-4 weeks as required. If not, it is likely that your pet may not respond to further sessions. Treatment plans vary by condition and this will be discussed with you in more detail at the first session.
Pain is the most common symptom we treat. This can be from back pain (disc disease, muscle pain, arthritis), joint pain (arthritis, cruciate ligament rupture) and post-surgery. Other conditions include chronic pancreatitis, feline lower urinary tract disease and peripheral nerve problems.
No. Acupuncture works as an adjunctive treatment - complimenting the treatment they are already on.
The first session lasts 45-60 minutes, with needles being in for up to 20 minutes, depending on how your pet reacts. The subsequent sessions last 30-45 minutes, sometimes with different or additional needles placed, depending on how your pet is progressing.
There is a flat fee of £80 for all sessions, without an additional charge for mileage. All sessions are a home-visit service. We work with your insurer to process claims and most insurers will cover acupuncture - please check your policy for details.
Contact us by phone or email firstname.lastname@example.org. After normal office hours, there is an emergency vet based at Parkvets in Sidcup who will be able to help you - 0208 300 8111. Parkvets address: 53-55 Maidstone Road, Sidcup, DA14 5HB.
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Monday to Friday: 8am to 8pm