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Acupuncture offered to sick pets
A vet clinic in Nottingham is trying to encourage owners to think about using alternative treatments for their pets.

The Orchard Veterinary Surgery in Perry Road has employed an acupuncturist who will be carrying out demonstrations on Sunday at the centre.

Acupuncture is said to be effective for complaints in animals suffering from arthritis and spinal pain.

The centre will be open from 1100 BST and will be hosting events such as dog shows and children's painting.

Clinical director at the centre, Daniella McCready, said: "It is well documented that acupuncture has been used for a few years.

"But perhaps not so well known that it is now starting to be used to treat muscular pains, arthritis and other ailments in animals - with positive results."

The clinic is also showing off its new equipment after a 20,000 refurbishment.

It means vets can now carry out more complex operations such as spinal procedures and cruciate surgery on site, cutting down the need for referrals to other clinics.

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