Animal Acupuncture can help treat a variety of musculoskeletal and internal medical problems. Acupuncture is usually combined with massage, stretches, fascial work and lifestyle advice.
Acupuncture and biomechanical treatments can assist your pet to return to normal function faster, reduce pain, reduce reliance of medication, and improve general wellbeing. For sporting and performance dogs (or even if your dog just loves their walks) it may improve their performance just like any good athlete has a massage or physical therapist.
Acupuncture is one of our most requested services. Dr Aish can provide treatment either at your pet's home or from the Montmorency Veterinary Hospital.
Vets at Home booking: 0433 687 838
Montmorency Veterinary Hospital booking: 9435 1833
Acupuncture can be beneficial for dogs with a variety of conditions:
hip and elbow dysplasia
recovery from injury or surgery
hind limb weakness
chronic gastrointestinal problems
urinary and faecal incontinence
support stress and anxiety
Acupuncture isn't just for dogs, cats are little zen masters and can respond really well even with selecting just a few acupuncture points for treatment.
Cats are often seen for
arthritis including hip, elbow and spinal arthritis
neck and back pain
muscle knots and stiffness
support kidney disease
paralysis from tail pull injuries and other trauma
Many older cats will concurrently have
muscloskeletal problems and kidney problems or digestive complaints including constipation. We can use acupuncture to concurrently assist mobility, internal medical problems and general wellbeing.
We know every cat is an individual and will combine acupuncture with massage, herbs, food therapy, supplements and medications as an individual prescription to suit your cat and their lifestyle.
What to expect during your pets acupuncture session
At your pets first acupuncture consultation we will go through your pets full medical history, review diet, medications, supplements, exercise and lifestyle. For musculoskeletal complaints we will watch your pet walk and do a musculoskeletal and biomechanical examination in addition to a veterinary examination. We will then formulate a treatment plan.
Treatment includes acupuncture, massage, fascial work, stretches, osteopathic and/or chiropractic releases, rehabilitation exercises, lifestyle advice and in some cases medication, supplements and dietary advice. Most new patients are seen once a week or fortnight for 3 sessions. For ongoing conditions maintenance sessions may be monthly to three monthly or as required for some patients.
Some patients take 1-2 sessions to accustom to the new treatment. Combined with massage (and treats) the first session can be an enjoyable experience for your pet. Some pets absolutely love it! Often pets are very relaxed once the needles are placed. Owners will usually report their pet slept very deeply following the session (for up to 24 hours after treatment). For needle phobic pets we can use laser acupuncture instead of needles or use hands-on osteopathic treatments.
Dr Aish also loves to extend the treatment by teaching owners how to use massage and acupressure techniques specific for their dogs or cats condition for ongoing home care. Many owners and pets both enjoy their 'homework' sessions.
Holistic Vet Care
Vets at Home use an integrated approach to Veterinary Care. We use a variety of approaches to care for your pet depending on what will work best for the pet, owner and circumstances. Dr Aish Ryan is certified in Veterinary acupuncture and has further training in Chinese Herbal Medicine, Diet formulation, Food Therapy (food as medicine) and Massage including Tui Na chinese massage for animals. Dr Aish has also completed courses in the human applied kinesiology technique QRA and is working to adapt this technique for veterinary use. These treatment modalities can also be integrated into a western treatment plan.
Dr Aish is currently nearing completion of a 2 year diploma in Animal Biomechanical medicine. Patients benefit from incorporating some gentle soft tissue facial techniques and osteopathic counterstains and stretch techniques where needed, or chiropractic adjustments. Teaching owners massage techniques can also improve outcomes.
Dr Aish can work with your existing veterinarian for management of your pets conditions. We are happy to keep them informed of your pets treatments and will refer you back to them for your medical needs.
Booking Animal Acupuncture
Vets at Home
Please give Vets a Home a call to discuss how acupuncture in the comfort of your pets home may benefit your dog or cat on
0433 687 838.
Montmorency Veterinary Hospital
Animal Acupuncture and bodywork consultations are also available weekly at Montmorency Veterinary Hospital. Appointments are booked directly on 9435 1833.
At Montmorency Vet, Dr Aish works as a visiting consultant and all patents will be referred back to their regular veterinarian for medications and general vet care.