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Acupuncture has been used for many centuries and is the painless positioning of very fine needles to specific points of the body with good effect. Most used for its pain killing effect, with animals there can be no placebo effect. The needles act on the nerve impulses at the affected site.


Acupuncture can be used to alleviate pain caused by:


- Arthritis

- Muscle spasm

- Back pain


We regularly perform acupuncture to several small animal patients, who tolerate the acupuncture well.  It is usually performed in a normal consultation appointment, by a qualified vet, who will place the needles in the animal and leave them in for 5-15 minutes.  The acupuncture is normally performed weekly for an initial period of 3-4 weeks, after which the frequency is adjusted to suit the patient.


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Ellie Cliff is a Veterinary Surgeon who has a lot of success in our practice with acupuncture.  She is  also a member of the Association of British Veterinary Acupuncturists (ABVA). Ellie is based at our Thornbury Surgery and works Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays so please ring 01454 415478 to make an appointment.


Nelson Rowe is also able to treat any cases that we feel can be helped with acupuncture.  Please feel free to discuss this with any of our Veterinary Surgeons, especially if you feel we can help your pet.








We can now offer electroacupuncture for animals as well as conventional 'dry needling'.


Cases it may be particularly helpful for are where there is:


- Muscle atrophy

- Muscle spasticity

- Cases that have become poor responders to dry needle acupuncture

- Nerve trauma such as disc disease

- Poor wound healing


Cases where electroacupuncture may not be appropriate are those with cardiac arrhythmias, pacemakers, eplieptics, metal implants and in pregnancy. With pregnancy this is due to a lack of safety data.


Ellie Cliff is currently able to carry out electroacupuncture. Please contact our Thornbury Surgery on 01454 415478 to book an initial consultation. Animals can be assessed for suitability for the treatment before embarking on a course and to check that they will be comfortable with treatments.


Appointments can be booked as 30 minute consultations with the owner present, although your pet can also be admitted as a day patient if that suits you better.