Monday, July 12, 2010

Acupuncture for Dogs

One of Sam's other rehab therapies is acupuncture. He gets weekly treatments with his vet Dr. Janice Crook at Mosquito Creek Veterinary Clinic.

We first discovered the effectiveness of acupuncture with our Sheltie Max. Max had developed arthritis that got so bad by the time he was about 7 years old that he could barely get himself up. Our vet at the time putting him on anti-inflammatory drugs but because he had already been showing abnormal liver readings for , we were reluctant to put him on it because of the potential for liver and kidney damage.

We went to Dr. Crook and began acupuncture treatments to see if it would help. Hopeful, but not entirely convinced that we would see any improvement we arranged for a series of 6 treatments as a trial. We knew that at least there wouldn't be any adverse side effects.

To our great relief and amazement, after 3 or 4 sessions, Max exhibited much greater mobility and decrease in discomfort. Needless to say, we continued the treatments, weekly at first and then less frequently once his condition had stabilized. He regained mobility and could walk and run and chase our other dog around the yard again. Even after sustaining a knee injury a few years later, Max remained healthy and mobile well into his 13th year and passed away at age 15.

Sam has great heart and surprises us daily with what he can do even with his current limitation. Along with nutritional support, passive physiotherapy, hydrotherapy and his regular visits to his chiropractic vet, Dr. Jewell, acupuncture is also giving his body the best chance to heal.

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  1. Auntie Janice is the BEST!! Your experience sounds very similar to our experience with alternative/holistic therapy. I injured my elbow at 7 months of age, and by 18 months, I was so lame that people thought I was FOURTEEEEEEEN... Conventional drugs were doing any good, the surgery I had at Canada West actually made me worse.

    Then Auntie Sue passed me onto Auntie Janice and she gave me my quality of life back!!!!!

    Thanks for the post Sam...errr.. Sam daddy, you just reminded mum that I need to book with Dr. Gail.

    Love nibbles,
    Miss Sunshade

  2. Hi there. What an incredible story. You go Sam!

  3. We're friends of Miss Sunshade and Jaffa - just wanted to swing by and say "HEY!."

    Very nice to meet you and your family - welcome to blogging!

    We'll watch for your updates - it's okay to go slow - healing is the most important focus now...


  4. Hi Sam
    Nelson and Boober here. We just dropped in to see how you were doing. Were so glad that things are progressing for you. Have a great day we'll check back in again soon.

  5. O hai! I wish a very good continued recovery. :) Hugs! {{{Sam}}}

  6. Hi! found your blog through Sunshade!
    We were going through a bout of mystery ailments with our Dane Darwin. After seeing our regular vet, we also ended up at SVS to get an MRI done and consultations with the neurologist, Dr Sanders. He couldnt determine her problem (rear end weakness) and so he suggested acupuncture and chiropractic. We contacted a great holistic vet in Edmonds/Bellingham (she travels between the two locations) and Darwin is back to her normal self! During the time her back end was really weak her energy level was really low and it was pretty sad to see. But after a few appointments with Dr Kelleher and adjusting her diet Darwin's energy level is back and her back end seems a lot stronger!
    We totally believe in acupuncture now!

  7. Miss Sunshade, thank you. Your mom and D-guy are the best. Your mom loves you unconditionally and totally.

    Thanks Inky and Molly - thank you for coming by.

    Hi Airechicks - Thanks stopping by and wow, you guys are beautiful.

    Thanks Nelson and Boober for dropping by and for your wishes.

    Thanks Keisha, :)

    Hi Brooke, because my great Uncle Max recovered his mobility through acupuncture with Dr. Crook, my dad learned to keep an open mind. Thanks for your comment about the positive outcome for Darwin.

  8. Hi, Sam!
    Sunshade told us about you and I wanted to come and say hello!
    I will be reading your posts about your recovery!
    Take care
    Kisses and hugs

  9. Hi ..we dropped by on the advise of Miss Sunshade.

    Sams an incredible chappie. We will be back to read the whole story so far and look forward to updates.

    Sending Sam and his family lots of pawsative thoughts for his continued recovery.

    Big Nose Pokes
    The Thugletsx

  10. Hi, Sam! We came over from Sunshade's bloggy. You are one brave doggie! And you have wonderful pet parents who are doing everything possible to make you better! It's very nice to meet you!

    Penny & Patches

  11. Hi Sam just popped over from Sunshade's blog to, you sure are an incredible dog, I'll be comeing back to see how your getting on
    See Yea George xxx

  12. Hi Thuglets, Penny and Patches, and George.

    Thanks for your support and comments. Welcome to my blog.

    Miss Sunshade sure has a lot of friends!!

    Happiness is a wet nose and a friend to lean on when you need it.

    See ya. : o}

  13. Sorry I missed saying hi to Lorenza. Welcome to my blog too.

    Talk to you again soon.



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