Pain & Acupuncture Clinics
Charter Vets Pain and Mobility Clinic delivers a tailor made approach to the management of chronic pain in your pets.
Our pain and mobility clinics are run and designed by Dave Tittle BVetMed CertVA MRCVS RCVS Advanced Practitioner in Veterinary Anaesthesia.
Dave is also a member of the Association of British Veterinary Acupuncturists and the Western Veterinary Acupuncture Group. He firmly believes we should maximise the provision of adequate pain relief for all animals.
When to consider our Pain and Mobility Clinic:
Pain and mobility management in geriatric patients
Recovery from orthopaedic surgery and/or neurological injury
Pain with no identified source
When conventional medications are not sufficient or poorly tolerated
When owners feel they need more support or wonder “what else can we do”
The initial referral consultation will provide an in-depth assessment of your pet’s pain requirements, as well as addressing any concerns and expectations you have. This will form the basis of a bespoke, targeted pain management plan which will include an overview of current pain relief, possible changes to medication, acupuncture, hydrotherapy and environmental or lifestyle changes.
What is acupuncture?
Acupuncture is the practise of inserting fine, solid needles into the body for pain relief or, in some cases, to help the body manage other diseases. Legally, acupuncture carried out on animals must be performed by a suitably qualified Veterinary Surgeon.
How does it work?
Acupuncture works by stimulating the nervous system. The needles block the pain messages and encourage the brain and central nervous system to produce more of the body’s natural painkillers. In conditions that are not painful, acupuncture may help to reset the body’s normal functioning. After examination, needles will be placed into specific points of the body and moved or stimulated a number of times. Unlike conventional medications there is not a set “dose” of acupuncture, so acupuncturists judge how much to administer based on your pet’s response, both at the time and after the treatment. Sometimes we may utilise electro-acupuncture if this is deemed suitable for your pets condition.
Will my pet feel discomfort?
Acupuncture needles stimulate nerves that do not cause the unpleasant feelings of pain that we are trying to treat. They stimulate other nerves that send a more important message to the brain, which is how they block pain. Sometimes animals may react to this sensation as though they are expecting pain, but then relax because it does not occur. Most of the time they accept the fine needles very well and often become relaxed and sleepy during the treatment. Often they appear to look forward to the next treatment when they come back to the practice.
Pain and Mobility Clinic referral consultation: £150
Pain and Mobility Clinic subsequent consultation: £75
Acupuncture per session: £51.25