Acupuncture in animals was first used on the horses of Chinese emperors over 2,000 years ago and has been widely used in the treatment of horses in America for decades. It is very effective for a wide range of ailments in animals. This treatment is often used for pain and chronic disease, movement disorders such as hip dysplasia, arthritis and other painful symptoms especially in older dogs and cats.
Acupuncture works through helping to maintain the health of the body. The basic principles of acupuncture are the same in animals as in humans. Chinese medical theory states that disease is the result of a blockage in energy flow (Qi or Chi) along pathways in the body. Inserting needles into these pathways unblocks the energy and restores health. I combine the use of a laser during the session to enhance the effectiveness of the needles.
Though many people are a bit squeamish about needles, most dogs don't mind at all. However, I do not treat aggressive dogs and do not muzzle animals for their sessions. Muzzling the animal causes stress and defeats the purpose of the treatment.
Please note that I do treat cats, however they are not as cooperative as dogs.
Nutrition and herbal therapy play a crucial role in canine health as well. An herbal and nutritional consultation is part of the initial treatment package. It's an opportunity for us to discuss your pet's diet and try to find ways that food is either hurting or helping the healing process.
I do not sell any herbal products. You will be given a list of recommendations specific to your pet's needs and information on how to use them and places to purchase them.
All about K9 Acupuncture
Pet Acupuncture & all that's included in every session
Please note: Before we can schedule a session for you pet, I must receive a New Patient Health History form filled out by the pet guardian and a Veterinarian Referral Form from your vet.
After I receive your forms I will schedule a phone call with you to discuss your dog/cat and set up a session. Please note I do not have office staff to return calls. If you have a question that is not answered here, please contact me through this site.
For liability reasons, I do not treat aggressive dogs or dogs that must be muzzled for their vet visits.
All sessions are tailored to your pet's diagnosis and may include acupuncture, laser, acupressure, moxa, herbal & homeopathic recommendations and tuning forks. Services are not a la carte and all sessions are the same rate.
Our Family Veterinary Services
649 Lowell Street Peabody MA Free Parking
Rates: New Patient First Visit $185 1.5 Hours
Follow Up Sessions $125 1 Hour
By appointment only
Pet Acupuncture House-calls in Salem MA
New Patient First House-Call $200 - 225 Rates vary based on distance: 1.5 hours
Follow Up Session $185- 150 Rates vary based on distance: 1 Hour
Please note: Rates vary for areas outside of Salem MA.
Before scheduling your session please watch this short video to insure a positive visit for you and your pet!
Office Visit & House Call Guidelines
I am now accepting new human patients at the Tai Chi Acupuncture & Wellness Center in Danvers. My specialties are treating pain, asthma and women's gynecological issues: endometriosis, uterine fibroids, cysts, menopause, PMS and irregular menses.
For more information on rates, insurance coverage or to schedule a session with me please contact Tai Chi Acupuncture & Wellness directly at: https://www.taichi-wellness.com/
Acupuncture is one of the oldest, most commonly used forms of medicine in the world. Originating in China more than 3,000 years ago, acupuncture is currently one of the most thoroughly researched, practiced, and respected forms of complementary medicine available anywhere. It has been used since ancient times for people and animals.
According to Traditional Chinese Medicine, the overall health of the body is determined by the quality of the Qi (energy) flow through the natural pathways the body also known as the meridians.
Acupuncture uses a variety of techniques, including placing very thin sterile needles into specific points on the body, to stimulate and improve the body's Qi flow.
The many benefits of acupuncture include:
Laser Acupuncture is the latest innovation in the 2,500 year old medical tradition of acupuncture. It uses low-energy laser beams — instead of traditional acupuncture needles — on specific points of your body to unblock and restore the healthy flow of Qi (energy) through the body's meridians. This treatment is completely painless, and just as effective as a traditional acupuncture session.
I combine laser acupuncture with acupuncture in all of my sessions with animals and when needed with people. During the session a laser will be used on points on the body that are specific for reducing pain, promoting circulation and boosting the immune system. It does not require the animal to be still. Most dogs love it and sometimes cats want to chase it!
Laser is included in all animal acupuncture sessions at no extra cost.
The many benefits of laser acupuncture include:
Acupressure is based on one the most ancient principles of healing — that simply touching a specific point on the body will release stress and improve health in the body. In an acupressure session, I apply firm pressure directly to these "points" on your body or your pet's, which muscle tension and improves circulation. This simple and powerful technique has been shown to very effective in treating pain, headaches, backaches, and even insomnia.
Acupressure is combined with every acupuncture session. Basic acupressure instructions are given to all pet owners so that they may continue to help speed along their pet's recovery process at home in between sessions.
I have created an Online Class for Pet Owners:
Basic Canine Acupressure for Dog Owners: Acupressure techniques to ease your pet's pain and stress. May be used for cats too!
An introductory online course on how to ease your dog’s pain, stress and common ailments with acupressure. This class is for dog owners and those who work with dogs who want to learn acupressure techniques and theories. (These techniques may be used for humans, cats & horses as well. The point locations are the same!)
Chinese herbal medicine is a 2,000 year old tradition using naturally occurring substances — including herbs — to enhance one's health and vitality. As opposed to Western medicine, the foundation of this approach is to support the body's natural self-healing mechanisms and abilities.
Since each patient has different needs, I carefully select herbal formulas, liniments or homeopathic remedies that are specific to your pet's needs.
Please note: I do not sell any products. You will be given a list of recommendations that will help ease your pet's symptoms and information where to purchase them.
After the first session you will receive an email with a list of these recommendation along with informative videos that are available for free on the Four Paws Acupuncture YouTube Channel.
You are what you eat applies to your pet too!
Your pet's first session will include nutritional recommendations, recipes and snack ideas to help keep it happy and healthy!
Moxibustion is a Traditional Chinese Medicine technique that involves the burning of mugwort, a small, spongy herb, to facilitate healing and health. Moxibustion has been used for healing purposes throughout Asia for thousands of years. The purpose of moxibustion, as with most forms of Traditional Chinese Medicine, is to strengthen the blood, stimulate the flow of Qi (energy); and enhance your overall vitality and health.
Among other benefits, a landmark study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association in 1998 found that 75.4% of women suffering from breech presentations before childbirth had fetuses that rotated to the normal position after receiving moxibustion at an acupuncture point on the bladder meridian.
The use of moxa may be used in your pet's session. Depending on your pet's symptoms, you may be sent home with a moxa stick to use on your pet in between sessions.
Reiki is a Japanese form of energy work that cleanses and balances the energy system in the body. As a result, the body's natural self-healing mechanisms strengthen, helping to establish optimum health. During a session, I work directly with your energy field to remove blockages, detoxify your system, and restore your vital life force energy. Reiki utilizes a gentle laying on of hands to conduct the necessary energy force between us. The benefits of Reiki range from the release of habitual mental/emotional stress to alleviating chronic pain.
I combine Reiki into all of my acupuncture sessions. There is no extra charge for this.
Tuning Forks are a part of Sound Healing Therapy. I often combine Tuning Forks with acupuncture in many sessions.
Benefits of Tuning Forks:
Please note that cupping is only available for humans and not animals!
Cupping has been a part of Chinese Medicine for over 2,500 years. It relieves aches and pains, improves circulation, and also helps with respiratory and digestive issues. I simply place a specialized "cup" onto specific points on your body, and then use suction to draw your skin up into the cups. It doesn't hurt — it simply draws fresh blood to that area of your body, which facilitates the cleansing and strengthening of your Qi (energy). The end result is a greater overall sense of health and well-being.
Barking Zoom Consultations with a Long Distance Reiki Session for Your Pet
Combining the best of both worlds... Holistic Medicine with Energy Healing!
Traditional Chinese Medicine is not limited to acupuncture. It is a complex system of therapies that include herbal, nutritional and lifestyle changes. Treating animals has taught me to think outside the box and to use various forms of therapies along with Botanical Medicine, Sound and Energetic Therapy, and even Crystals to help treat illness and help the body, mind and soul heal. Your Barking Zoom Consultation will provide recommendations specific to your pet's needs and symptoms.
These consultations are an easy solution for pets who suffer from allergies, skin issues, intestinal problems and ailments that respond more quickly with herbs, supplements and a change of diet.
Barking Zoom Consultations : 40 minutes Zoom or Phone Sessions $125.00 Includes:
To schedule a Barking Zoom Consultation please use the "Contact Me" form to request a session.
I will give you a few options of days and times to choose from and send an invoice via PayPal, Venmo or Zelle.
PLEASE NOTE: As of November 1, 2023 The Barking Zoom Consultations are now 40 minutes and $125