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Coast & Valleys Vet



Dr Phillips has treated thousands of animals with Acupuncture and it has improved the quality of lives of many pets, and helped the performance of a great many Equine Athletes.

Acpuncture is a treatment that is thousands of years old. Since its introduction to Western health practitioners in the 1970s it has spread and gradually gained acceptance within society and the wider medical community.

Dr Phillips has been performing Acupuncture in Veterinary practice since his first training in Acupuncture in 1987. More recently he participated in the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society course in 2007, catching up on changes in the practice.

How does Acupuncture work is the most common question we are asked. Really well is Keith's usual answer.

In all seriousness, while western science is discovering more answers about facets of Acupuncture, and we are all happy we can explain its pain relieving effects by a measurable increase in endorphins after stimulating Acupuncture points, that is only part of the story.

We commonly see increased function very quickly, seen as more strength and less pain in arthritic animals and in our neurological and spinal cases, often improved bladder and bowel function as one of the early responses.

While Keith will still use traditional needles when needed, most ofthe Acupuncture we do here is with our laser. It is less worrisome for the dog, and treatments can be carried out without any need for sedation.

Typically a course of treatments will be weekly for 4 weeks, and then we reassess the patient to ensure they are responding satisfactorily before decreasing the frequency of treatments.

The first step is a consultation where we can discuss your Four Legged Friend's needs.


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