Acupuncture has been used, as a system of healing, by far eastern cultures for thousands of years. It involves the placing of very fine sterile needles into certain points on the body and can help with many conditions such as arthritis, back pain, incontinence, hip dysplasia, stress related problems and many more.
The owners stays with the animal during the procedure and may be shown certain points to use finger pressure (accupressure) on at home.
The experience is usually very relaxing for the animal and most look forward to their next treatment!
Herbal Medicine involves the use of certain plant extracts to help in the treatment of many conditions very often it can be combined with conventional treatment and/or acupuncture in order to get the best of both worlds.
In January 2011, Robert was featured again in the Falkirk Herald when he used a holistic approach to help Max the Labrador who suffered from painful elbows and hips. Click here if you would like to read more about Max!
As well as offering this service to Ashbank's own clients, Robert receives referrals from other vets all over Central Scotland for complementary treatments and has been featured in numerous national and local newspapers including the Daily Mail and the Herald.
Robert has 30 years of experience as a qualified veterinary surgeon. He is a member of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons, the BVA and a Member of the Association of British Veterinary Acupuncturists. He is one of the few fully certified vets in acupuncture in the country.
Some pets feel very nervous about a trip to the vets, therefore, Robert provides a home visiting service for those animals who are more comfortable in their home environment. His treatment room at the surgery is more like a normal sitting room in a home than a vet's consulting room. This helps to relax the animal and owners.
Robert works in co-operation with your usual vet, keeping them informed throughout your pet's treatment, he can also liase with your own practice to arrange your acupuncture referral.
Many pet insurance companies will cover the costs of acupuncture treatment and we recommend you contact your own insurance company before treatment.
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