<found this in my “drafts” and am finally posting it>

Girl’s had numerous bouts of pain over the last 2 years, what with aging and all. She has (literally) collapsed in the park and couldn’t get up (twice!). You know it’s bad when a scent dog can’t physically get up to chase scents.

She’d been taking glucosamine and Rimadyl. And there were several visits to the vet, which usually resulted in large bills, shots (steroids, pain relief, muscle relaxer), short-term steroid treatments, and even doggy bed rest.**

She’s aged a lot over the last 2 years. The last thing I wanted was for her to be in pain, but it seemed like we were at a—pardon the pun—dead end.

I decided that before I put her to sleep I should check out veterinary acupuncture. I know someone who had it on her dog, and that dog is about 400 years old and still upright. So I booked the appointment…

At first, the vet seemed to minimize her problems—we’ve seen worse, blah blah blah. It made me feel like an overprotective mother (or anthropomorphist<—think I just made up that word).

But I finally realized—and he confirmed—that most people aren’t as highly attuned to their pets until the pet gets really bad.

He also acknowledged that she had “got a lot going on” although he thought it was more than treatable. He said it all probably started with her back “knees” giving out and then her trying to compensate with her other muscles.

Anyway, I’ve had great success with acupuncture for myself. I went as a last resort for my back problems, although I was skeptical. I told the acupuncturist I just didn’t see how looking at my tongue and feeling my pulse(s)* could indicate anything about my back.

God love her, she was patient and explained it, and by then I felt obligated to at least try it. Well, I went back a week later and literally bowed and apologized to her.

I don’t understand acupuncture. I can’t wrap my brain (all the way) around it (left brain can, right brain can’t). As open as I like to think I am, there are some things I want to be open about, yet can’t fully absorb or understand. But the upshot is: I’m better.

So I know it works and although I wasn’t sure I’d see any marked difference with Girl, I thought that if I could afford it I should do it.

So I did it. She seemed to feel only one of the needles, and didn’t really react strongly to it.

Well, she was perky after he’d finished. I didn’t know if she really felt better or was just glad to get out of there. I’ll tell you I sure as hell felt worse because her first visit cost roughly 6 times what my visits cost.

But the “whether she really felt better or was just glad to get out of there” question was solved by about 8:00pm, when I finally took my hyper puppy for a walk.

Since that first visit (and after subsequent less-frequent follow ups) she has gotten more playful again, usually has more energy and “vim” and even runs and jumps again, which she hadn’t done for 1+ years.

In fact it kind of bugs me sometimes because she has SO much energy—I’d gotten used to her more sedentary (albeit painful) lifestyle.

Now, unless she’s in obvious pain she often walks a couple of times a day. That or she “plays” in the yard, running and jumping after rabbits who’ve long since disappeared, barking and pi^^ing of the neighbors.

So yeah, I’m a convert to dogupuncture. It works! Sure, I couldn’t tuckpoint the falling down chimney or repair the stair rail or buy bathroom fixtures, but whadd’re you gonna do?

**How ironic that an animal that sleeps 20 hours a day could even be put on bed rest—it seems kind of redundant.

*In fairness, there was also a detailed 4 page questionnaire.

***I made up that word.

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