Jack, a 3-year-old Dalmation mix,
could not sit properly and had a great deal of difficulty rising
from a down position. His past treatments included Rimadyl and
Deramaxx with no response at all. When he came to see us, Jack's
X-rays showed mild arthritis in his spine and in both his knees,
possibly due to an old knee injury. Fortunately, his hips were
fine. We adjusted his back and acupunctured his knees. Five days
later Jack's owner reported that the treatment had helped. We
repeated the acupuncture one week later, and again in two weeks.
The final acupuncture treatment was given one month later. All
symptoms of stiffness and pain are now gone. We see Jack every 3
months for a spinal adjustment to slow the progression of the
arthritis. He has not had further trouble with his knees. Jack is
one happy dog!
Finn is an 8-year-old terrier mix
who had severe neck pain and held up his right front leg when he
initially came to see us. He cried out wherever he was touched.
Before Fin saw us he had been to two other vet hospitals where
he was treated with painkillers, and both Rimadyl and Deramaxx. The
treatments had not been effective. Finn was next taken to the Vet
school where he was diagnosed with a disc problem in his neck,
recommended for surgery, and sent home with a pain patch stapled to
his back. The next day the owners brought Finn to see us for a
second opinion. After a thorough examination I agreed with the Vet
school on the diagnosis, but I thought electric acupuncture should
be the next step before jumping into surgery. On the first
visit I adjusted Finn's neck and applied 30 minutes of
electric acupuncture. He responed well. We repeated the acupuncture
treatment one week later, and again in two weeks. Over the next
month we adjusted his neck twice more. Finn is now free of pain and
100% back to normal.
Maggie is a little Boston terrier
who came to see us because her owner said she had neck pain
and cried all night long. After a careful work up we were still not
sure where her problem originated. We proceeded with weekly
adjustments, which seemed to help temporarily, but soon the crying
at night returned. Maggie was obviously in pain and needed relief.
We tried diet changes and gas relieving herbs, but the results were
modest. Then finally, success! We treated Maggie with an herb that
stops reflux esophagitis. It worked. Now Maggie only takes a small
dose of herbs once a week.
Ben, a 10-year-old chocolate Lab,
came in to see us pulled by his owner in a little red wagon.
He had lost his right rear leg to cancer several years before.
Shortly after the surgery Ben went down -- he could no longer
support himself on his remaining three legs. I examined him and
found that both front legs had sore elbows and weak shoulders, and
his remaining hip was very weak, as well. Ben received acupuncture
treatments weekly for five weeks. By the fifth week he stood and
walked for the first time in years. Ben is up walking on three
legs, and doing well. Ben marched in the Davis May Day Parade
accompanied by his owner, who pulled the little red wagon as a
precaution in case Ben went down. But Ben surprised us all by
walking the whole way without missing a step.
Willie is a 12 year old
Basset that came to me from Chico. He had gone down in his rear
legs suddenly and his owner rushed him in to see her local Vet. The
Vet told her that Willie had to see a specialist right away. The
specialist told Willie's owner that Willie was a poor surgical risk
and recommended he be put to sleep. We saw Willie the next day on
Saturday. He was completely paralyzed in his rear legs with only
deep pain still remaining. We X-rayed Willie and found a ruptured
disc in his mid back. We gave him a 1 hour long acupuncture
treatment with electricity that morning. He was also put on our own
anti-inflammatory tincture. We repeated his acupuncture the next
day and by Monday he was standing on his rear legs, pain free. By
Friday he was running and we sent him home. He is now 95% back to
normal and I will see Willie for his last acupuncture treatment in
three weeks. He is one happy Basset.
Bleu was an interesting case. Bleu
is a 5 year old miniature pincher who had severe
pancreatitis. After 7 days in the hospital in intensive care, Bleu
was still in a great deal of pain. He had not had anything to eat
in a week and still had a fever of over 105. Bleu's owner called us
on a Saturday morning from a book store in Davis. She had been
desperately looking for something to help her little dog. She had
called to ask what acupressure points would help. We told her
to bring Bleu in to see if an acupuncture treatment would help
him. She brought him over and he was in bad shape. We acupunctured
him to treat fever and severe nausea. The next day Bleu was better.
His fever was gone and he was eating some. Three days later we
acupunctured him for his pancreas and for pain. Again, the next day
he was better and in a week he was all better. It turned out that
an ultrasound report showed that Bleu had had a large abscess on
his pancreas and that his original Vet wanted to do surgery on him,
but despite the abscess Bleu responded quickly to the acupuncture
and now without surgery he is back to normal