Pain Clinics

Is your pet slowing down in its old age? Has their behaviour changed?

Are you concerned about your pet being on long-term medication or have questions about their medication?

Would you like advice on how to modify your home for your ageing pet?

Do you need advice on how much exercise your pet should be having?

 Our vet Nadine Lightbody holds a certificate in Western Veterinary Acupuncture and Chronic Pain Management and has started the Beechwood Pain Clinic which involves:

– minimum 60 minute consultation

– full physical and mobility examination

-pain and quality of life assessment

– evaluation of medication

– get to know you and your pet

– in-depth written report

 All of this for £165 one off fee. Home visits can also be arranged for this service at an additional fee. If your pet is insured then this may be covered by your policy.

 Please call us on 0113 2645422 to book or for more details.

Did you know that acupuncture can be used along-side conventional medicine for the treatment of your pet?

 What is acupuncture?

Acupuncture is the practice of inserting fine solid needles into muscles and other soft tissues to give pain relief or in some cases to help the body deal with other diseases.

It works through the nervous system – the needles block 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 by changing nerve signals. It also helps to open up blood vessels and release healing chemicals in the local area.

 It has been shown that 70% of dogs will have a positive response to acupuncture. This is closer to 80-90% in cats and rabbits.


Will it hurt my pet?

No. Acupuncture needles stimulate nerves that send messages to the brain which over-rides the messages of pain that their nerves are sending. Sometimes animals may react to this sensation as though they are expecting pain, but then they relax because it does not occur.

Most of the time they accept the fine needles very well and become relaxed and sleepy during the treatment. Often they even appear to look forward to treatment when they next come back to the practice. it is very uncommon for animals to need to be sedated for acupuncture.

Acupuncture is very safe in the right hands. Legally it must be performed by a veterinary surgeon. There are only a few cases in which we would have to be very cautious about using acupuncture and your veterinary acupuncturist can advise you if these are relevant for your pet.


How often would my pet be treated?

The usual course is once a week for four to six weeks. After four weeks we will know whether acupuncture is working for your pet and then, depending on the condition and how they have responded, we will work out a plan that usually involves tailing off the treatment so that the effect is maintained for as long as possible. Many pets can have their symptoms controlled in the long term with sessions every 3-4 weeks.


What conditions can be treated by acupuncture?

The most common condition to be treated by acupuncture in the veterinary profession is osteoarthritis in dogs and cats. Acupuncture can also be helpful for soft tissue injuries and other health problems  for example megacolon (constipation) in cats or allergic skin disease. Rabbits and other small furries are know to respond well to acupuncture.


Our vets Erin Murphy & Nadine Lightbody are qualified to practice acupuncture and appointments can be made at either the Crossgates or Chapel Allerton branch.


If you have any questions or would like to book your pet in for an initial acupuncture assessment please call us on 0113 2645422 (Crossgates) or 0113 2621189 (Chapel Allerton)