Partner and Veterinary Surgeon
As well as our in-house services at Medivet Finsbury Park, you’ll also get access to all the services available across the entire Medivet group.
Acupuncture is a safe and effective way to treat many conditions in both ourselves and our animals. Most commonly they are used to provide pain relief and release of muscle tension, but even the bladder and bowels can be influenced. It is now backed up by vast amounts of scientific research proving both the positive outcomes and the biological cascade that happens during and after needle placement. Many dogs can benefit, and cats and rabbits are actually very good patients and respond more strongly and more often than humans do!
Led by Veterinary Surgeon Sian Humphries, our compassionate team in Finsbury Park are dedicated to providing exceptional veterinary care. We are conveniently located along Blackstock Road, and have been serving the local community for over 30 years.
We look forward to welcoming you and your pet.
We start off once a week for four weeks. After four weeks we will know whether acupuncture is working for your pet and then, depending on the condition and how they have responded, we will work out a plan that usually involves tailing off the treatment so that the effect is maintained for as long as possible. For this reason, we have a bundle price of 4 sessions which we recommend to start with.
1. They may seem a little stiffer or more uncomfortable. This just means that the dose was a bit too much, but also shows that they should respond to treatment. After a day or two they will improve again and should be better than before. However, you must tell your vet so that they can adjust the treatment next time. 2. You may see no response. This is always disappointing but does not mean your pet will not respond; it may just be that they will take a little longer or that their improvement after the first treatment was too brief or small for you to see. We cannot say that they will not respond until after the fourth treatment. Not all animals or humans are acupuncture “responders”, but about 80% will be. 3. You may see an improvement. This may occur anytime in the three days after treatment. The signs that we are trying to treat may then return before the next treatment, but this is fine. After each subsequent treatment the effects should last for longer, so that your pet may eventually not need more treatments for some time.
The needles themselves are very fine and so create minimal discomfort when being placed. Once they are in once they are not felt. They then trigger the body to block other pain messages, and cause the release of the body's own natural painkillers such as endorphins, and anti-inflammatory messages. Often patients visibly relax and become sleepy during the treatment, and in the hours to days after treatment.