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Laura is another of Clent Hills’ Vets that performs laparoscopic spays and highly recommends this non-invasive alternative to traditional methods.
Growing up, Laura was always surrounded by dogs. Her Dad always had working dogs around the house and he bred their beloved springer spaniels. It was her love of dogs that inspired Laura to become a vet. She graduated from the Royal Vet College in 2009.
Today, Laura has two cats and two springers of her own. Carrying on the family tradition, Laura’s dog Amber is mum to Roscoe, Penny, April, Peanut and Woodstock, who are all loving pets of her Clent Hills’ colleagues.
Laura used to suffer from long-standing back problem sciatica, for around 18 months following her return to work after having her first child. When she became pregnant with her second child and being unable to take painkillers, Laura tried acupuncture and was surprised at the results – her sciatica pain was cured and she was now virtually pain-free.
Having experienced the tremendous benefits of acupuncture, Laura wanted to see for herself if this popular treatment for humans could help animals suffering from chronic pain.
Laura underwent an intensive ABVA recognised training course in October last year and learned why acupuncture is so beneficial for pets, as well as how and when to administer it. She has been working with a number of Clent Hills’ pets since with some really positive results. See how spaniels Diesel and Vinnie are getting on.
The ABVA (Association of British Veterinary Acupuncturists) maintains a basic standard of education, ethics, practice and discipline to ensure the wellbeing of pets receiving acupuncture under veterinary care.
We asked Laura to explain:
“In a nutshell, veterinary acupuncture is a complementary form of therapy that can be used alongside your pet’s current course of treatment to relieve pain, improve recovery rates, increase resistance to disease and assist with some behavioural issues. With the right results, acupuncture can significantly improve symptoms and may be able to decrease your pet’s reliance on medication.”
“Acupuncture blocks pain signals, stimulates cells, increases circulation and produces the body’s natural painkiller hormones amongst other benefits. It works with many major body systems and can be used to treat conditions such as arthritis, hip dysplasia, spinal disease, skin conditions, nerve disorders and some behavioural issues to name a few. Acupuncture can be carried out on most cats, dogs and rabbits without any discomfort or distress. I’ve seen some pets even fall asleep during treatment.”