Acupuncture is a system of healing which has been practised by the Chinese and other Eastern cultures for thousands of years. It has evolved from the ancient art of placing needles into special locations on the body, to alleviate pain and increase the recovery rate. There is now a strong body of evidence and practice to support the role of pet acupuncture in the treatment of animals.

There are two types of pet acupuncture therapists. The traditional Chinese therapists use a combination of herbal medicines and acupuncture needling along meridians or energy channels and acupuncture points. The Western Scientific approach uses fewer needles inserted directly into acupuncture and trigger points. Points selected for needling may be distant from the source of pain. This helps animals to accept the treatment. Both approaches consider the overall well-being of the pet. Western veterinary acupuncture is used particularly in the treatment of musculoskeletal disorders and chronic painful conditions as well as the promotion of skin healing. The Eastern approach is often applied to other disease states too.

Needling works by inhibiting nerve pathways resulting in pain, and has been shown to improve circulation locally thus promoting healing. Pet acupuncture also stimulates the release of pain relieving chemicals in the brain and spinal cord such as beta-endorphins, which result in exceptional levels of pain relief. Pain thresholds are said to be ‘reset’.

Dr. Danny Parry (Village Vet Garden Suburb) is a qualified veterinary surgeon with over 8 years of experience. Danny uses the Western Scientific approach to acupuncture alongside veterinary medicine and surgery. He is a member of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons and the Association of British Veterinary Acupuncturists and is currently studying for his Certificate in Veterinary Acupuncture.

In the Cambridge area, Dr. Zoe DeBarro has trained in acupuncture and sees cases at Village Vet Cottenham and Longstanton. Zoe is happy to answer any questions and will arrange treatment for your pet if appropriate. You can make an appointment with Zoe by calling the Cottenham surgery.

Acupuncture is not a replacement for conventional medicine. Our vets use acupuncture in conjunction with conventional medicine offered by your usual vet to maintain your pet’s health and well-being. To learn more visit: