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CUVS offers acupuncture as adjunctive therapy in the comprehensive care of both inpatients and outpatients. Acupuncture is most often used in conjunction with medicine or surgery, but can also be useful if the effects of medications alone are inadequate or undesirable, or when other treatment options are not feasible. Our goal is always to maximize the health and well-being of your pet.

Acupuncture is part of Traditional Chinese Medicine, a complex system of medicine that has been practiced in China for over 3,000 years. In the past two decades, veterinary acupuncture has gained tremendous popularity in The United State and Europe as adjunctive therapy for many conditions of companion animals. The goal of acupuncture is to promote optimal health by considering all aspects of the individual and not just the diseased or damaged systems.

Research continues to support the efficacy of acupuncture in pain relief, and numerous studies have indicated that acupuncture can be an effective treatment for a wide range of conditions. It is most commonly used for pain management, neurologic disorders, arthritis, discomfort associated with cancer, in older or geriatric patients, or to promote an overall sense of well-being.


Conditions We Treat
  • Pain management

- Postoperative pain following surgery

- Osteoarthritis, degenerative joint disease

- Back pain

- Muscle pain

- Cancer pain

Acupuncture can be effective in reducing or relieving pain associated with osteoarthritis, degenerative joint disease, intervertebral disc disease and abdominal pain. Caretakers commonly report that, following acupuncture, pets seem to have more energy and become more playful. We will frequently combine acupuncture with physical rehabilitation to facilitate exercise and muscle building.

  • Geriatric patients or chronic conditions

Older pets frequently suffer from a variety of chronic conditions that hinder their quality of life, including degenerative joint diseases (osteoarthritis) and/or muscle weakness. Acupuncture can provide relief, either alone or in conjunction with other conventional therapies. In some cases, the effects can facilitate physical exercise or rehabilitation to improve muscle mass, strength, flexibility and mobility. Acupuncture may sometimes also be a helpful adjunct in the treatment of other chronic conditions, such as vestibular diseases, allergies, constipation, diarrhea, asthma, seizure disorders, chronic renal failure or behavioral problems.

  • Cancer

Cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy or radiation treatments not uncommonly experience digestive upset, nausea, fatigue or general discomfort. Acupuncture can often relieve or ameliorate some of these adverse effects and improve quality of life.

  • Sports Medicine

High performance animals can suffer exercise-related conditions, including arthritis and muscle soreness, that may benefit from acupuncture therapy. 

  • Hospice Care

A patient suffering terminal illness, or struggling with multiple pain issues toward the end of life, may gain relief and comfort from acupuncture, which can provide relaxation, improved appetite and decreased pain and anxiety.


Our Specialist

Acupuncture is performed by Dr. Juliette Hart, who leads the Sports Medicine & Rehabilitation Service at CUVS. Dr. Hart is certified and experienced in Acupuncture, and in Rehabilitation Therapy.

Please schedule an appointment with Dr. Hart by calling 203.595.2777.


Frequently Asked Questions

How do I know if my pet would benefit from acupuncture?

Talk to your primary care veterinarian. If your pet is painful, has arthritis, has another chronic condition, or is undergoing treatment for cancer, he/she might benefit from acupuncture.  

What acupuncture methods are used?

Acupuncture treatment involves the placement in the skin of very fine, flexible, sterile, stainless steel needles that measure from 0.5 to 1.5 inches long (sometimes even smaller). Depending on the condition that is being treated, needles will remain in place for 15 to 45 minutes. Stimulation of the acupuncture points can be enhanced by rotation of the needles, or by attaching electrodes to deliver a very weak current (electroacupuncture). 

How long does a treatment session last, and how many sessions will my pet need?

Each session will last roughly 45 minutes depending on the pet, the condition being treated, and the acupuncture technique/s utilized.

Most pets being treated for chronic conditions start with three or four treatments over two to four weeks. Following this initial course of therapy, a treatment schedule will be tailored for the pet depending on the response to acupuncture. Pets with acute problems may require more frequent treatments, such as daily or bi-weekly. Since the goal of acupuncture is not only to restore health, but to promote and maintain health, many pets continue treatment long-term at regular intervals.

How do I schedule an appointment?

Please schedule an appointment with Dr. Hart by calling 203.595.2777.

We will request that all medical records be sent from your primary care veterinarian, preferably at least 24 hours prior to your appointment, so that Dr. Hart can be as knowledgeable as possible regarding your pet's condition/s, and best able to help.



Cornell University Veterinary Specialists
880 Canal Street
Stamford, CT 06902
Phone 203.595.2777   Fax 203.595.2778


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Monday - Friday

9am to 6pm

Weekend hours available by special appointment