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Giving your pet a better quality of life​

​Companion animals that can benefit from acupuncture include dogs, cats and other small pets. Some of the conditions we treat are listed below but if you would like to find out more about whether your pet will be suitable for acupuncture, please call us today for more information.

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Acupuncture for dogs, cats and other companion animals​

Back pain

  • Spondylosis: a degenerative condition of the spine that may lead to ankylosis (joint restriction due to adhesions/bone union).
  • Spondylitis: inflammation of a vertebra due to trauma or infection.

​Joint pain

  • Arthritis: (inflammation/stiffness) in hips, stifles, hocks, elbows, shoulders, etc.
  • Hip dysplasia: an abnormal condition of the acetabulum and femoral head (hip joint).

​Muscle/ligament pain

  • Myofascial pain syndrome and myofascial trigger points.
  • Muscle and ligament sprains, strains and spasms.

Limb movement conditions

  • Paralysis/paresis: a weakness or partial loss of voluntary movement.

Digestive problems

  • Chronic gastrointestinal disease.
  • Unresolved diarrhoea or constipation.

Skin conditions

  • Lick granulomas: a granulation of skin tissue caused by the incessant licking of a wound, ulcer. Can also occur in unbroken skin with a local neuritis causing itching and licking.
  • Other chronic skin conditions.


  • Urinary/faecal incontinence: Leakage of urine either intermittently or continuously from the bladder. Most commonly occurs when your animal is lying down but may also be seen during barking or at exercise.


  • Sinusitis.

Stress-related or psychological disorders

  • ​Epilepsy: An abrupt temporary disturbance in the brain’s electrical activity which can cause the animal to lose consciousness and pass urine or faeces.
  • Lower urinary tract disease.
  • Alopecia.
  • Dermatitis.

Chronic renal failure

  • Also known as kidney disease, this is especially common in older cats. The rate of progression varies considerably between individuals.

Immune dysfunction

  • This can include any disease of the immune system, such as the body’s reaction to a foreign substance.
  • Also includes auto-immune disease where the animal’s own immune system turns against itself.

Reproductive problems

If you would like to find out more about AcuVets’ acupuncture services for pets, or would like to make a booking, contact us today.

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