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Auckland Mobile Veterinary Acupuncture

Posted in: Dog, Horses, Cat

Dr. Hester Massop wanted to be a veterinarian from a very young age. Her great love for animals led her to studying veterinary medicine in Belgium. After graduating she worked in small animal, equine and mixed practice for the last 10 years. Finding that conventional (Western) medicine regularly didn’t provide all the solutions to the symptoms and problems of the animals treated, made the decision to study for her Certificate in Veterinary Acupuncture through IVAS an easy step to take.

 Following this certification, she started up Auckland Mobile Veterinary Acupuncture providing acupuncture for animals small and large either in the comfort of their own home or at Pet & Vet Milford. She feels that the combination of Western and Eastern medicine will bring the best outcome for the animal. Hester will always endeavour to find the best balance between both Western and Eastern medicine by working together with the animal’s regular vet.

See below for a picture of Hester and her two lovely foster guinea pigs Sid and Toffee

Some common problems in small animals that can be treated with acupuncture are: 

-          Musculoskeletal disorders:

·         Osteoarthritis, degenerative joint disease, intervertebral disc disease

·         Acute and chronic muscular injuries (strains, sprains, tears)

·         Postoperative pain and restriction of movement caused by swelling, scar tissue and muscle wastage

-          Geriatric problems and palliative care

-          Disorders of respiratory, urogenital and gastrointestinal tract, eyes, ears and skin

-          Allergies and disorders of the immune system

-          Behavioural problems (e.g. fear, separation anxiety, lick granuloma)

-          Healing after trauma (e.g. car accident, attack by another animal)

For more information check out her website: http://www.AucklandMobileVeterinaryAcupuncture.com


Poppy's Story

Meet Poppy, she is a 17-year-old cat with her own unique character. Lately she has been vomiting 3-6 times a day/ night mostly bile, she has lost a lot of weight over the last 2-3 years, she urinates in interesting places and struggles using her hind legs. Jumping onto the couch is very difficult so now she clambers up with her front legs and her hind legs help where possible. 

A couple of years ago she has been diagnosed with kidney failure and over the years it has become clear that she has arthritis in her hind legs and possibly her back, with her behavioural changes there was a suspicion of an overactive thyroid too. Her unique character meant that every time I would treat her I had only a couple of minutes of tolerance on being touched at all. Most of her treatments were with laser acupuncture, however one treatment I was lucky and she was sleeping and allowed me to use some needles for acupuncture. 

After her first treatment her owner noticed that the vomiting had greatly reduced and after the second treatment this lasted much longer. She was more settled and seemed in less pain with her legs. Her overall behaviour also improved. Poppy has a list of medical problems where acupuncture helped her on multiple fronts at the same time. With an acupuncture treatment all problems get incorporated and mind and body both get evaluated and treated.


If you would like to see some more stories like Poppy's, check out Hester's Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/Auckland-Mobile-Veterinary-Acupuncture-368282577167408/

Tags: Pet Health, Therapy

Dr. Hester Massop wanted to be a veterinarian from a very young age. Her great love for animals led her to studying veterinary medicine in Belgium. After graduating she worked in small animal, equine and mixed practice for the last 10 years. Finding that conventional (Western) medicine regularly didn’t provide all the solutions to the symptoms and problems of the animals treated, made the decision to study for her Certificate in Veterinary Acupuncture through IVAS an easy step to take.

 Following this certification, she started up Auckland Mobile Veterinary Acupuncture providing acupuncture for animals small and large either in the comfort of their own home or at Pet & Vet Milford. She feels that the combination of Western and Eastern medicine will bring the best outcome for the animal. Hester will always endeavour to find the best balance between both Western and Eastern medicine by working together with the animal’s regular vet.

See below for a picture of Hester and her two lovely foster guinea pigs Sid and Toffee

Some common problems in small animals that can be treated with acupuncture are: 

-          Musculoskeletal disorders:

·         Osteoarthritis, degenerative joint disease, intervertebral disc disease

·         Acute and chronic muscular injuries (strains, sprains, tears)

·         Postoperative pain and restriction of movement caused by swelling, scar tissue and muscle wastage

-          Geriatric problems and palliative care

-          Disorders of respiratory, urogenital and gastrointestinal tract, eyes, ears and skin

-          Allergies and disorders of the immune system

-          Behavioural problems (e.g. fear, separation anxiety, lick granuloma)

-          Healing after trauma (e.g. car accident, attack by another animal)

For more information check out her website: http://www.AucklandMobileVeterinaryAcupuncture.com


Poppy's Story

Meet Poppy, she is a 17-year-old cat with her own unique character. Lately she has been vomiting 3-6 times a day/ night mostly bile, she has lost a lot of weight over the last 2-3 years, she urinates in interesting places and struggles using her hind legs. Jumping onto the couch is very difficult so now she clambers up with her front legs and her hind legs help where possible. 

A couple of years ago she has been diagnosed with kidney failure and over the years it has become clear that she has arthritis in her hind legs and possibly her back, with her behavioural changes there was a suspicion of an overactive thyroid too. Her unique character meant that every time I would treat her I had only a couple of minutes of tolerance on being touched at all. Most of her treatments were with laser acupuncture, however one treatment I was lucky and she was sleeping and allowed me to use some needles for acupuncture. 

After her first treatment her owner noticed that the vomiting had greatly reduced and after the second treatment this lasted much longer. She was more settled and seemed in less pain with her legs. Her overall behaviour also improved. Poppy has a list of medical problems where acupuncture helped her on multiple fronts at the same time. With an acupuncture treatment all problems get incorporated and mind and body both get evaluated and treated.


If you would like to see some more stories like Poppy's, check out Hester's Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/Auckland-Mobile-Veterinary-Acupuncture-368282577167408/

Tags: Pet Health, Therapy