Dr Jane Hunter, our visiting veterinary acupuncturist, came to visit Albavet Dunfermline and Albavet Kirkcaldy to give our staff a talk and demonstration on the health benefits of acupuncture in pets.
Jane qualified from Glasgow University Veterinary School in 1983 and after a rewarding and varied but more traditional veterinary career discovered the benefits of acupuncture in Australia in 1999. Being amazed at the potential for acupuncture to:
- give relief in painful conditions
- aid mobility
- help the body to heal
And believing that that there is no placebo effect from acupuncture in animals – she has focused on making acupuncture available to both people and animals in her home area of Dunfermline and has run busy clinics since their establishment in 2003.
She was accompanied, at her talk in Dunfermline, by four clients with their pets – Skye, Peanut, Pickles and Rhua. She explained why she was treating each of the dogs, describing their symptoms, the medication they were currently receiving and the response each patient had to the acupuncture treatment. The clients were able to give us their feedback, letting us know about their expectations against the amazing responses their pets had. Skye and Peanut even allowed Jane to give a short demonstration of her actually placing needles at key points in their body.
Jane told staff the most common problem she treats is arthritis, with its resultant lameness and stiffness. She advised us it is always best to have a veterinary diagnosis first which may involve further investigations, for example blood tests, radiography or scans. Joint and back pain can respond particularly well to acupuncture and a huge advantage can be avoiding the side effects of anti-inflammatory drugs. Acupuncture can also be used to promote/preserve liver function; improve skin conditions including lick granulomas, and for chronic bronchitis, irritable bowel and many other conditions.
If you think your pet would benefit from acupuncture treatment have a look at our acupuncture page for more details.
Alternatively speak to a member of staff at any of our branches, pop in or give us a call.
We would like to thank Jane for coming in to give us a very interesting talk. We would also like to thank our clients for taking the time to bring in Skye, Peanut, Pickles and Rhua, who were so well behaved for us.