907 South Lakewood Ave. Baltimore, MD 21224


Animal Acupuncture

Charm City Integrative / Animal Acupuncture

Many People are surprised to find that we can help their Pets with Acupuncture

animal acupunctureAt Charm City Integrative Health we are all about enriching your life. What can be more enriching than a loving pet?

We love animals, but we also have to be respectful of our human patients who may have allergies. So we have a few rules.

  • Please do not bring pets into our main entrance at 907 S Lakewood.

We have a separate entrance with a dedicated animal acupuncture room. The location is around theback of our building on 906 Binney Ave. If you have an appointment please wait by that door with your animal. We will let you in at your appointment time.

  • Please make sure your pet has been walked before bringing them into the office. We understand there will be accidents, but we want to minimize them
  • We do not take walk­ins for any service, including animal acupuncture. If you need a sameday appointment we will do our best to accommodate, but cannot make any guarantees.
  • We have a limited amount of appointment times so please keep on time and if you cannot make your appointment, kindly give us 24 hours notice. The first late cancellations or missedappointment is subject to a $25 charge and subsequent late cancellations or missed appointments will be charged the full amount of the appointment.

What can animal acupuncture help with?

While acupuncture is effective for treating a wide variety of diseases, acupuncture is most commonly recognized for treating the following problems in animals:

  • Pain
  • Allergies
  • Lameness
  • Skin conditions
  • Arthritis
  • Neurological Disorders
  • Digestive Problems
  • Hot Spots
  • Unexplained Illness
  • Some Behavioral Issues
  • Stress
  • General Wellness
  • Symptoms associated with aging

What kind of Animals can get treatment?

animal acupunctureAcupuncture has been used to treat companion animals, livestock and even zoo animals, in fact Tom hasbeen a consultant to the zoo on several occasions. Here at Charm City Integrative health we are setup to see companion animals such as cats, dogs, rabbits and ferrets. If you are unsure if your pet can get treated, please call the office.

Does My Dog Need Acupuncture?

Read Is Your Dog in Need of Needles, an article by Tom Ingegno L.Ac.

Will My Pet feel the Needles?

Acupuncture needles are very different from injection needles. Acupuncture needles are much smaller, inmost cases just slightly thicker than a strand of hair. Acupuncture needles taper at the end to slide smoothly into the point with minimal or no sensation Most pets do not mind the needle sensation and many seem not to acknowledge it at all. Within a few treatments, animals are actually happy to see the acupuncturist.

How does it work?

In Oriental Medicine it is believed that pathways called Meridians run throughout the body. Qi (pronounce Chee), Chinese for energy, runs along these meridians. When the Qi cannot flow smoothly, a person or animal can develop both physical and mental symptoms. By inserting minute needles into the body in points along these meridians, an acupuncturist can help the Qi flow properly. When the Qi is flowing smoothly the body can heal itself. Just like humans, animals can be treated for a variety of health conditions. This form of medicine is complementary to regular veterinary medicine and should be used in conjunction with regular veterinary care. Modern research shows that acupuncture on both animals and humans, increase circulation, promotes the body’s natural “rest and digest” response and can improve movement and reduce pain.

How often will my pet need treatment?

In acute conditions a pet may need acupuncture two to three times a week. Chronic or long term issues tend to require about one treatment per week. Bringing your pet in more frequently would not allow the animal time to respond to the treatments and may cause your pet some unnecessary stress. When symptoms improve your pet can taper down to maintenance treatments monthly or as needed. It is important to remember that animals respond much quicker than humans with acupuncture. However, it is also important to bring your pet in at the first sign of any old symptoms recurring. Regular “tune up” treatments are a good form of preventative medicine.

What do I need to do to get my pet ready for acupuncture?

All pets need to see a vet within 14 days prior to starting a course of acupuncture. This is to rule out any life threatening issues and immediate concerns. We offer several different blocks of time to help people get their pets the care they need. Treatments usually last 30 minutes and during that time most animals find a window to relax and often “zone out” or fall asleep.

What training does an animal acupuncturist have?

All animal acupuncturists must have a minimum of a Master’s Degree in Acupuncture, which is a 4 year degree. This is combined with an undergraduate degree with health science pre­requisites. This allows acupuncturists to work on humans and additional 300 hour course combining both clinical and classroom study over a 6 month period allows acupuncturists to work on animals in Maryland state.

What experience does Tom have working with pets and other animals?

Tom has been in practice since 2001. In 2006 he relocated to Maryland and completed his animal acupuncture training and earned his certificate from the Maryland State Board of acupuncture. In that time he has performed thousands of treatments on animals. Tom has volunteered with several rescue organizations in Baltimore. As stated early he has been a consultant at the zoo and has even treated one of the dogs rescued from Michael Vick.