Hydrotherapy and acupuncture


Hydrotherapy is used for a number of ailments from Arthritis to Neurological conditions. Our Hydrotherapy unit is located at our Shoebury Surgery and is managed by one of our experienced Veterinary Nurses [Chris Rosewell].

We have a treadmill facility rather than a pool. The main benefits of this method is that it allows complete control and support to the patient while having the hydrotherapy. Therefore it can be used post surgery after complicated and delicate orthopaedic operations, muscle tears and strains. The patients’ paws are in direct contact with a firm level surface so they feel more comfortable and secure. The therapy is adapted to the individuals’ needs so speed and depth of the water can be adjusted. It can also be stopped and started immediately in cases of pain or stress.

Using a water walker type hydrotherapy for post operative treatment or ongoing treatment is an excellent form of rehabilitation and exercise, as it works at strengthening the muscles without the impact and stress caused by exercising on land.

Conditions which benefit from using a hydrotherapy unit include:-services_hydro_image

  • Hip and elbow dysplasia.
  • Osteorthritis.
  • Obesity.
  • Improvement of fitness and stamina.
  • Spinal injuries.
  • Ligament injuries.
  • Muscle development.
  • Mental wellbeing.
  • Recovery from injury and operation.

If you would like to know more information about how Hydrotherapy works or would like to book an appointment, please don’t hesitate to contact our Shoebury Surgery on or Shoebury@ehvg.co.uk.


Acupuncture was founded in the orient and has been used successfully for over four thousand years. It is used as a holistic treatment in Chinese medicine where the whole individual is treated rather than their disease.

Acupuncture is the placing of thin needles at certain locations on the body to promote healing and pain relief. In Eastern medicine the acupuncture points are located along energy pathways called meridians. It is thought that the disease is caused by excess or inadequate flow of energy (chi) along these pathways. By placing needles at locations along the meridians we are normalising the flow of energy and stopping the disease process. In the west, with our need to rationalise more spiritual beliefs, it is thought that by inserting acupuncture needles at specific locations, we are stimulating the nervous system and increasing blood flow within the body to aid healing and stimulating the release of endorphins to act as natural pain killers.

The use of acupuncture in Britain has been increasing since the 70’s and has found particular interest in recent years due to its lack of side effects and safety. Many insurance companies now accept acupuncture as a legitimate treatment and will cover its use.

Acupuncture can be used alongside more traditional treatments and is especially useful for pain relief and in the treatment of arthritis. This is particularly the case in older animals where the use of drugs brings concern of side effects on the kidneys.

Treatments consist of 20-30 min appointments where your animal is examined, a history is taken and the best acupuncture regime is devised. The needles are inserted and left in for 10-20 minutes. These sessions are usually repeated weekly for 3-4 sessions then the length of time between treatments is increased. Maintenance sessions with treatments 1-2 months apart can be used if Cat and Dogrequired.

The needles used are very fine, much smaller than those used for injections and are usually well tolerated even in the most nervous animal.

Mr James Lloyd

Here at Earls Hall our experienced vet, Mr James Lloyd has regular acupuncture consultations. If you would like more information or would like to book an appointment, please don’t hesitate to contact us.