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Specialist Treatments on Offer at Vets4Pets Swindon Bridgemead

Specialist Orthopaedic Treatment

Vets4Pets Swindon Bridgemead and Vets4Pets Swindon are proud to be working with European Orthopaedic Specialist Hannes Bergmann DrMedVet, DipECVS, MRCVS. This means we can offer care and services that are usually only available at referral practices.

Orthopaedic specialists can help with a range of conditions in dogs and cats, including joint disease, limb deformities and acute traumas such as broken legs. Normally, a pet would need to be referred to a specialist clinic for treatment, which could mean travelling long distances to get the care needed. We are now able to offer the convenience of orthopaedic care at both of our Swindon surgeries. For more information, please pop in or call the surgery.

Chronic Pain and Acupuncture Treatment

Our very own Tanya Crawley is now able to offer Chronic Pain and Acupuncture treatment following the completion of a special acupuncture qualification – GP Cert CWVA, CPM.

Acupuncture involves the placing of needles into particular points on the body for pain relief, or in some cases, to help the body deal with other diseases. It has been practiced for thousands of years and is widely used in human and veterinary medicine today.

Feline Behaviour Clinics

Our very own Karen Lewendon, RVN, is now a Feline Behaviour Specialist with a special qualification – ISFM Dip FN Diploma in feline nursing.

More on Acupuncture Care

How does acupuncture work?

It works through stimulating the nervous system and immune 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. Acupuncture is especially useful in combination with medication for treating chronic pain, and in some cases may reduce your pet’s requirements for medication. Most of the time animals accept the fine needles very well and often become relaxed and sleepy during the treatment.

When is acupuncture helpful for pets?

Pain is the most common reason for seeking acupuncture. Usually this is pain associated with arthritis, but it can also be used for treating muscle strains, or pain secondary to disc disease and bony changes of the spine. Acupuncture is also used for pain following orthopaedic or spinal surgery.

When an animal has been compensating for pain they often shift their weight onto other limbs, which can cause further muscle tension and fatigue. Acupuncture can help reduce muscle 'knots' to allow a quicker return to normal function. Functional conditions such as constipation or urinary disorders in cats and irritable bowel type problems in dogs may also respond to acupuncture

For more information, and to discuss your pet’s needs in more detail, please call us.