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Animal Acupuncture

In 2008 I completed a intensive certification program in Animal Acupuncture at the Maryland University of Integrative Health. The course was taught by veterinarian acupuncturists along with highly skilled certified animal acupuncturists. I am certified by the State of Maryland Board of Acupuncture to treat animals.




McKenna and Carol

When I was an acupuncture student I had no intentions of treating animals. I adore dogs but never imagined having them as patients. I took an acupuncture theory class taught by Noreen Javornick, an acupuncturist who treated humans and animals.  I have benefited greatly from receiving acupuncture so I wanted to give the same health benefits to my beloved McKenna.  At that time, he was a healthy ten year old golden retriever/lab mix and I wanted him to stay that way.  Acupuncture has helped him tremendously as he has aged and developed some hind-end weakness.  At nearly 15, he was doing quite well for an “old guy”.

McKenna’s first acupuncture treatment was a moving experience for me to witness.  He got very relaxed, his breathing changed, his eyes brightened, his coat seemed more lustrous.  At the end of the treatment, he got up, shook off and was ready for some special treats that Noreen offers her furry patients.  At his second visit, he jumped out of the car and went right over to Noreen’s office door!


McKenna continued to receive acupuncture regularly. At 14 he had  a stroke  and was treated immediately with acupuncture and homeopathy. Within less than 12 hours he was nearly back to 100%. I am immensely grateful to McKenna for expanding my world in so many ways.  He is my teacher and role model for how to be happy every day.  It is because of him that I have the honor of working with animals.  I thank McKenna for showing me this path.  In August 2009 my furry soul mate crossed The Rainbow Bridge; he was almost 16 years young.

A year later we adopted a dog of unknown age and mix from Baltimore City’s rescue (BARC).  We named him Skipper Malone, and we guess he may be a golden / border collie mix.  Each day he becomes sweeter and sweeter and our family bond grows stronger.




As a preventive medicine/health promotion system of healing, acupuncture can help to keep your dog healthy and boost his immune system.


Acupuncture has been effective in treating:



Musculoskeletal issues (hip pain/dysplasia, lameness)

Autoimmune disorders

Behavioral problems (calm fears and ease separation anxiety)

Digestive issues (diarrhea/constipation)

Urinary problems

Recovery from injuries/surgeries

Transitions into a new home or changes in their environment

Other physical or emotional issues that may be causing unnecessary suffering for you and your pet




Prior to your animal’s first acupuncture appointment, he or she must be seen by a veterinarian.  This can be for any reason:  a wellness visit, vaccine, blood work, etc.  This vet appointment must be within fourteen days of my seeing your animal for acupuncture.   A vet receipt must be brought to your initial appointment before  I can legally treat your dog.  This is the law in Maryland.





Initial consultations are 45 minutes; regular appointments are 30minutes. When first beginning treatment, it is recommended that your dog is seen weekly for 3-4 weeks. The frequency of treatment is unique to your animal’s health issue.  After evaluating your animal’s response to treatment and progress, we will decide how best to space out appointments to support the healing process.





Office Treatments: $85

House Calls (for example horses, or an old dog): depends on distance, on average about double the cost of an office visit.







Carol Burke's human and animal acupuncture practice conveniently serves Annapolis, Edgewater, Severna Park, Pasadena, Odenton, Millersville, Arnold, Davidsonville, Gambrills, Crownsville, Harwood, Glen Burnie in Anne Arundel County; Laurel, Beltsville, College Park, Greenbelt, Glen Dale, and Bowie in Prince George's County; Catonsville in Baltimore County; Ellicott City, Columbia, Elkridge in Howard County; Stevensville, Grasonville, in Queen Anne's County. Easton, Saint Michaels, in Talbot County; and Baltimore City. Animal acupuncture includes dog acupuncture and horse acupuncture.

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