Veterinary Acupuncture FAQs

At Miramar Animal Hospital we provide full hospital and emergency care in association with different eastern therapies. Along with herbal therapy, we offer veterinary acupuncture for cats, dogs, and other animals.

Here are some FAQ about veterinary acupuncture:

What are acupuncture methods and goals?

Acupoints may be stimulated in a variety of ways. These techniques include dry needling, moxibustion, aqu-acupuncture, and electro-stimulation. Whatever tools are used, the goal is always the same: to restore the flow of Qi and allow homeostasis to return.

How safe is acupuncture therapy?

Acupuncture is a very safe medical procedure when administered by a qualified practitioner. Very few side effects have been found in clinical cases.

How long does each treatment last?

Each session may take 20 to 60 minutes. Each session may take 20 to 60 minutes.

How many treatments are needed?

It depends on the nature, severity, and duration of diseases. A single treatment may be enough for an acute condition. A series of 3 to 10 treatments can resolve many chronic problems. Some degenerative conditions may need monthly treatments over time.

Does acupuncture hurt?

Proper acupuncture therapy may induce distention and a heaviness sensation along with the contraction of local muscle. Over 95% of patients are comfortable with acupuncture therapy. Some animals will fall asleep during acupuncture treatment. Sedation is not recommended before acupuncture treatment as it may interfere with the acupuncture effect.

How much does a veterinary acupuncture treatment cost?

It depends on location, practitioner, species, and disease. A typical range of fees for a single session of acupuncture will vary from $40 – $200.

Who is qualified to perform veterinary acupuncture?

Only licensed veterinarians are eligible to practice acupuncture in most states in the USA. A certified-acupuncture training course is highly recommended before performing veterinary acupuncture.

Where can I find a Certified Veterinary Acupuncturist (CVA)?

A qualified veterinary acupuncturist near you can be found at