ALTERNATIVE VETERINARY MEDICINE CENTRE
Christopher Day - Veterinary Surgeon
See also: www.equineacupuncturevet.co.uk
Veterinary acupuncture uses the same principles as acupuncture for humans, namely the treatment of illness and disorder by the stimulation of particular points (acupuncture points) on the energy channels (acupuncture meridians).
We use needles (needling), electro-stimulation (electro-acupuncture), LASER, Moxibustion (Moxa) and other methods of point stimulation. We do not directly target symptoms and signs of disease, in the way that conventional medicine does. More we select treatment regimes according to the patient's individual response to disease. We perform a chiropractic check on every patient, offering chiropractic manipulation for each patient in whom a problem is found, in order to optimise the acupuncture benefit. We also carry out a full holistic exploration into lifestyle, management, feeding and demeanour, for optimum healing effect.
Conditions which we are frequently called upon to treat are:
Acupuncture for dogs (canine acupuncture): injuries, arthritis, hip dysplasia, neck problems, back problems, ruptured cruciate ligament (anterior cruciate ligament injury, cruciate ligament damage, cranial cruciate ligament injury), spondylosis, spondylopathy, spondylitis, lumbosacral disease (lumbo-sacral disease), OCD (osteochondritis dissecans), DJD (degenerative joint disease), limping, wobbler syndrome, lameness, shaker syndrome, chorea, dry eye, horner's syndrome, neck pain, back pain, paralysis (including prolapsed disc disease - aka prolapsed intervertebral disc, PID, IVDD, intervertebral disc disease) and other painful conditions. Canine CDRM has shown great promise, particularly if the dog is over 9 years old at the outset, when the symptoms (signs) start, for which cases reasonable control can often be achieved by canine acupuncture. Cases of canine epilepsy can sometimes be helped. Dog arthritis is a very common application of dog acupuncture, in which a good response has been seen in most cases, using full holistic methodology.
Acupuncture for horses / Acupuncture for ponies (equine acupuncture): injuries, back problems, neck problems, neck problems, wobbler syndrome, navicular syndrome, lameness, laminitis, arthritis, kissing spines, spavin, and stringhalt. We have found that 'head shaking' (head-shaking or headshaking) cases can respond well and may require 'top-ups' during the season. One of our greatest surprises was the apparent ability to control most cases of 'periodic ophthalmia' (ERU, moon blindness, recurrent ophthalmia, recurrent uveitis, moonblindness) - the typical response that is now expected with cases of moonblindness is that a current attack can usually be brought under control quite quickly (two or three sessions of horse acupuncture) while successive attacks, treated promptly, become less and less severe, then eventually cease in most cases.
Equine acupuncture (acupuncture for horses and ponies) is certainly particularly rewarding for us. Acupuncture charts for horses [equine acupuncture charts] are, as yet, not universally agreed and we work to our own model at the AVMC.
Acupuncture for cats (feline acupuncture): injuries, arthritis, neck problems, back problems, neck pain, back pain, paralysis, iliac thrombosis, lameness and epilepsy are often presented for cat acupuncture. It is quite surprising how tolerant cats are of acupuncture needling, when they have a reputation for being so fastidious and often resistant to intervention. Cat arthritis is a common presentation for feline acupuncture, in which a good response has been seen in most cases, when acupuncture has been used holistically, alongside dietary and other programmes.
Acupuncture for farm animals: injuries, arthritis, neck problems, back problems, neck pain, back pain, paralysis, lameness etc. are fertile fields of application. However, we are rarely called out to treat cattle, pigs or sheep with vet acupuncture.
Acupuncture for Donkeys: injuries, arthritis, neck problems, back problems, neck pain, back pain, paralysis, lameness etc. are conditions that we have treated by vet acupuncture in donkeys. However, any equine disease that may be shared by donkeys would be as amenable to acupuncture in donkeys as in horses or ponies.
Acupuncture for Goats: injuries, arthritis, neck problems, back problems, neck pain, back pain, paralysis, lameness etc. are conditions that we have treated by vet acupuncture in goats.
Acupuncture for Rabbits: we have rarely been asked to give acupuncture in rabbits. However, injuries, arthritis, neck problems, back problems, neck pain, back pain, paralysis, lameness etc. are conditions that we have treated with vet acupuncture in rabbits.
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Christopher Day MA
VetMB CertIAVH VetFFHom MRCVS
Alternative Veterinary Medicine Centre
Stanford in the Vale,
Oxfordshire SN7 8NQ (UK)
Tel: 01367 710324 (International #44 1367 710324)
Fax: 01367 718243 (International #44 1367 718243)
NB: Our main site www.alternativevet.org is subject to constant development, with many informative and thought-provoking pages to be added in the near future. It has been ‘off-air’ for a while but is expected back during July 2007, in much-expanded and greatly-improved form. We apologise if it has been difficult to make contact in recent times.
Chris Day's Blog for an alternative slant on just about anything.
We also conduct a VIDEO CONSULTATION SERVICE for those for whom it is impractical to travel to our clinic or to have us travel to the premises: http://www.alternativevet.org/videolink.htm but, of course, acupuncture and chiropractic work are unavailable via this medium.
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