Cost of Acupuncture for Dogs

The goal of acupuncture is to correct the body's energy imbalances to promote healing.
The goal of acupuncture is to correct the body's energy imbalances to promote healing. (Image: filmfoto/iStock/Getty Images)

According to, acupuncture is becoming increasingly popular as a method of treating different conditions in dogs and cats. It's easy to understand why; it enhances nervous system stimulation, blood circulation and releases pain-relieving and anti-inflammatory hormones. The cost of acupuncture for dogs can vary widely, influenced by health and condition.

Acupuncture Over Time

Veterinary acupuncture has been found to be effective for treating a host of ailments in dogs. Arthritis, hip dysplasia, degenerative joint disease, skin conditions due to allergies, asthma and seizures are among the conditions a growing number of dog owners are treating with acupuncture. According to Dr. Karen Becker of Healthy Pets, an average single session of veterinary acupuncture typically ranges between $50 to $200, however, the cost is influenced by current health as well as the nature and duration of the problem. In most cases, it takes more than one session to treat the condition, so many practices offer money-saving packages to help make the treatment more affordable. PetMD notes patients tend to see the greatest benefit from up to three sessions per week during the first weeks of treatment, gradually tapering off to a maintenance schedule, determined by the individual dog's condition.

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