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Our Approach

  • We believe in taking a holistic approach to your pet’s needs.
  • This means that instead of just treating ongoing symptoms, we also look to address the underlying cause of the symptom, hopefully reducing the need for future treatment.
  • Our approach is not to specifically exclude ‘western medicine’ over ‘natural therapies’ or vice versa.
  • Put simply, our approach is to discuss with you what’s best for your pet, which may involve a combination of conventional medicine and natural therapy.
  • Some of the complementary treatments available at Animal Ark are listed bellow


What is Acupuncture?

  • It is a system of healing which has been practiced by the Chinese and other Eastern cultures for thousands of years.
  • It involves the stimulation of specific points in the body, usually by the insertion of very fine, pre-sterilised, stainless steel needles.

How does it work?

  • The stimulation of the needles generates many responses within the animal’s nervous and endocrine system.
  • It can affect muscles, and the circulatory, reproduction, digestive and urinary systems, as well as antibody production and hormone output.
  • Acupuncture increases the body’s release of natural painkillers.

What can it be used for?

  • To alleviate pain, increase recovery rate and the treatment of conditions such as osteoarthritis, muscle strains and sprains, gastrointestinal disease, skin conditions, stress related disorders, and respiratory conditions.
  • We regard acupuncture as working in conjunction with conventional medicine, as opposed to replacing it.

What do the consultations involve?

  • We refer acupuncture sessions to Ilse Pedler MA VetMB VetMFHom MRCVS.
  • Some individuals are very responsive to acupuncture and will show dramatic improvement after one treatment.
  • The vast majority however will respond gradually over a period of time.
  • The frequency and period of treatment depends on the individual animal’s needs.

Call us on 020 8599 8544 to discuss how acupuncture may be of benefit to your pet. Further information can be found at

Herbal remedies, natural supplements, nutraceuticals

  • We often use herbal remedies, natural supplements and neutraceuticals in our treatment plans.
  • If your vet thinks they will be beneficial to your pet they will discuss it with you.
  • However, if you have any questions or would like to consider using natural products in your pet’s treatment, please discuss it with your vet.


What is Homeopathy?

  • The principle of homeopathy is to treat like for like, using a substance which causes a symptom to be taken in a material dose to cure that symptom.

What is Homeopathy used for?

  • Homeopathy can be used to treat many conditions including bowel, skin, behaviour, lameness, hormonal, travel sickness and recurrent problems.

What do the consultations involve?

  • We refer homeopathic consultations to Ilse Pedler MA VetMB VetMFHom MRCVS.
  • Consultations are tailored based upon a detailed understanding of your pet’s history. Consultations usually last 30-45 minutes and most conditions require two to four consultations.

Is Homeopathy safe and can it be used along with traditional medicines?

  • As a general rule, it is safe to take along with traditional medicines. And as Ilse is a qualified vet, she is in a position to determine what impact, if any, remedies would have on any existing treatment plans.

Is Homeopathy effective?

  • Homeopathy has been found to be successful where other forms of medicines have failed. We believe in utilising homeopathy as a complementary addition to traditional medicines.

Call us on 020 8599 8544 to discuss how homeopathy may be of benefit to your pet.


What is Reiki?

  • Reiki is a Japanese technique for stress reduction and relaxation that also promotes healing. It is administered by “laying on hands” and is based on the idea that an unseen “life force energy” flows through us and is what causes us to be alive. If one’s “life force energy” is low, then we are more likely to get sick or feel stress, and if it is high, we are more capable of being happy and healthy.
  • The word Reiki is made of two Japanese words – Rei which means “God’s Wisdom or the Higher Power” and Ki which is “life force energy”. So Reiki is actually “spiritually guided life force energy.”

How does Reiki work?

  • Reiki can also be used with animals, and animals tend to love it. Reiki can help animals in the same ways it helps humans: to balance and nourish the physical body, and to balance mental and emotional energy.

What can Reiki be used for?

  • Reiki is particularly effective in helping animals who have been traumatised, or who are experiencing physical or behavioural difficulties. It is also used to promote healing after surgery and other medical procedures.

What do the consultations involve?

  • Tim Clay, who has a Master’s qualification in Reiki and has studied Shamanic Reiki, carries out our Reiki treatment.
  • Initially there is a conversation with the animal’s human to get from them what they feel is the problem.
  • Tim then gets to know the animal to see how it will respond before the treatment begins. This consists of holding his hands either on or over the animal to begin sending the Reiki.
  • Normally the animal will become calm and deeply relaxed and may even appear asleep. However, if the animal is nervous or anxious Reiki can be given from a distance, moving closer as the animal becomes calmer.
  • At the end of the session there will be time for review, talking to the animal’s human about anything that may have been felt during the session, any questions, and plans for taking the treatment forwards if required.
  • Treatment sessions are carried out here at Animal Ark.
  • Consultations usually last 60 minutes.
  • Some individuals are very responsive to Reiki and will show dramatic improvement after one treatment.
  • The frequency and period of treatment depends on the individual animal’s needs.

Call us on 020 8599 8544 to book an appointment or to discuss how Reiki may benefit your pet.

Sports and remedial massage therapy

What is it?

  • Clinical Canine Massage is a natural, non-invasive therapy for dogs that aims to rehabilitate them from soft tissue injuries and support orthopaedic conditions, such as Arthritis and Hip Dysplasia, as well as general maintenance to improve muscular health.

How does it work?

  • It can help reduce symptoms of ageing, increase flexibility, influence recovery from injury, ease pain and enhance rehabilitation.
  • By using targeted techniques, you often achieve positive change within the dog as a whole, improving mobility, reducing pain perception and easing the negative effects of postural stress and muscular tension.

What can it be used for?

  • Injury
  • Arthritis
  • Overall fitness and performance
  • Hip dysplasia
  • CDRM
  • Cruciate issues
  • After an operation
  • OCD
  • Elbow dysplasia

What do the consultations involve?

  • Becky Harman, Clinical Canine Massage DipCMP, tailors every client’s programme individually, working to achieve measurable results using remedial sports massage and will suggest stretches, mobilisations and remedial exercises to help the dog’s muscular system.
  • The first treatment involves getting to know you and your dog. A few questions are asked to gain information on daily living activities, exercise, diet, previous injuries/surgeries and any medical conditions. Becky will also perform a gait and postural analysis and a muscular palpation to identify any areas of tension, injury, adhesions, trigger points and myofascial pain.
    Becky will then perform massage using various techniques to address the areas of issue or tension in your dog’s muscles. She will then finish by explaining to you my findings, as well as making any recommendations to help improve your dog’s comfort and rehabilitation.
  • Subsequent treatment sessions will consist of a follow up from the previous session, as well as gait and postural analysis, palpation and massage.
  • Becky aims to see improvements in your dog within 3 sessions. However, if this is not the case she will refer your dog back to your vet.
  • Treatment sessions are carried out here at Animal Ark.
  • Roz provides detailed reports on her findings and treatments carried out.
  • Consultations usually last 60 minutes.

Call us on 020 8599 8544 to book an appointment or discuss how Sports and Remedial Massage Therapy may benefit your pet.