Acupuncture for your Pets

Strengthen your pet’s immune system, relieve discomfort from arthritis, and more.

Veterinary Acupuncture


Would you like to try a treatment that does not utilize drugs for your pet’s condition?


Would you like to improve your pet’s quality of life as they age?


Have you ever thought about Acupuncture for yourself?


How about for your pet?


  • Initial Visit & Diagnosis- $132
  • Individual Session- $79
  • Focal Session- $30
  • Package of Four Sessions- $264
  • Package of Six Sessions- $395

We know that there are often multiple treatments for one condition. Depending on the patient, one or more therapies may be used together (medications, surgery, acupuncture, physical therapy) for the best outcome and reduced side effects. A relatively new form of medicine is being utilized for humans known as “Integrative Medicine.”  By integrating multiple treatments in a recovery plan, we can reduce side effects and help your pet recover. 

How It Works

Acupuncture in general:

Acupuncture is the placement of needles at particular locations along the body. The pinpoints are on a series of channels or meridians that have been mapped on the body for centuries. These meridians correspond to body organs or systems. Placement of these hair like needles stimulates endorphins and neurotransmitters and is quick and often painless. Many pets rest very quietly fall asleep after placement of their treatment. Some pets show signs of improvement after the first treatment, and some pets require several treatments to see the benefit. We recommend committing to 3-4 treatments before deciding if it is the best option.

The first acupuncture session lasts approximately one hour and consists of taking a detailed history of your pet’s life and current state. After this history and a physical evaluation, we will put together a treatment plan or “Prescription” which is the map of where the needles will be placed. Your pet will be with you during the entirety of the visit. We usually leave the needles
in place for 10-15 minutes. Sometimes we use an electrical unit that gives tiny electrical impulses to the needles that are placed.

The next two appointments are about a week apart, and are usually 30-minute appointments. We will discuss how you feel your pet responded, and we do another brief exam followed by needle placement. The next appointments are further spaced out. For chronic cases, we usually see our patients every 8 to 12 weeks. By this point, most pet owners we work with
know when they need to bring their dog or cat back in and they see the treatment effects begin to wane. You see, with acupuncture we are placing these needles on the lines or meridians and trying to open the channels. Painful conditions are a result of stagnation of the vital life force or energy, often called “Chi.” Placement of needles in these channels frees the stagnation and allows the energy or chi to flow and relieves or reduces discomfort.

Cornwallis Road Animal Hospital

206 W Cornwallis Rd
Durham, NC 27707

Phone: (919) 489-9194
Fax: (919) 493-9260
Email: [email protected] 

Hospital Hours

Mon-Fri: 7:30 AM – 6:00 PM
Saturday: 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Closed Sundays