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7047 Great Alpine Rd, Porepunkah

Holistic Acupuncture

Eye of the needle

Elsewhere on our website we discuss the superb facilities you’ll discover at our Animal Hospital. While all of our advanced technology plays a vital role in helping keep your furry family members healthy, we also believe there is more to veterinary medicine than technology.

At Alpine Animal Doctors we believe that a true centre of excellence for the delivery of better animal health care is one where the full gamut of tried and tested treatments are available to our clients. Our philosophy is to approach the treatment of all of our patients in a fully holistic way.

The drugs, medications and techniques available to the veterinarian these days are remarkable, but if we can achieve our goal of making your pet well again using drug free treatments we will do so, with the agreement of the client. That might be through nutrition and diet, physical therapy or psychology. If a ‘natural’ therapy works, we will use it, where appropriate.

One drug free treatment we have great success with is acupuncture. Dr Bek is one of the few vets in Australia fully qualified in the modern form of this ancient Chinese technique and has been using it for some years, finding it very effective in many treatments and many species, including dogs, cats and horses.

Modern acupuncture involves much more than inserting needles into specific points in meridians of the body. Other forms of acupuncture use laser pens, which are particularly good for thin skinned dogs or pets that don’t tolerate needles well. We also have a TENS machine in the hospital, for electrical stimulation of points, a form of acupuncture that allows increased stimulation and may be a better modality for more chronic conditions.

For pets suffering from chronic conditions that respond well to needling we also use gold bead insertion, particularly for dogs with hip or elbow dysplasia and mares with nymphomania, allowing constant stimulation of points without return visits.

Most acupuncture treatments require between four and eight weekly visits, with ‘top ups’ every six months if required. The more chronic the condition, generally the longer the course of treatments needed. The initial consult can last up to half an hour but subsequent treatments only about 15 minutes.

We have successfully used acupuncture for everything from whelping difficulties, anxiety, shock and arthritis to improving health in pets with renal failure, and even improving racing performance in greyhounds. We can also use acupuncture on patients who are in the hospital for any length of time. It’s a wonderful way to naturally increase endorphins in the body, creating a sense of wellbeing, reducing pain and inflammation and making your pet feel more comfortable.

Acupuncture, properly used, has proven to be a really useful adjunct to veterinary treatments. It is not for all animals, nor for all conditions, but where appropriate it’s an effective and practical way to improve health and reduce disease, with the benefit of zero side effects.

If you believe your animals may benefit from acupuncture therapy please call the hospital to discuss it.

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Alpine Animal Doctors
7047 Great Alpine Road
Porepunkah, VIC 3740
PO Box 393, Bright, VIC 3741
Phone: +61 03 5756 2444
Fax: +61 03 5756 2044