For March’s topic of the month we are focusing on one of our most important holistic services - acupuncture. Acupuncture can be used to treat multiple conditions such as: arthritis, allergies, gastrointestinal upset, disc disease, kidney and liver disease. So what exactly is acupuncture? How do the doctors utilize this technique to improve the health of our patients? Continue reading to learn the answers to these questions.
Acupuncture has been around for centuries. The Chinese believe the body has 12 main meridian lines. These lines flow through the body each representing major organs. They also believe that energy flows freely throughout the body and when one or more of the body’s meridians are blocked, disease or illness can occur.
Our doctors use this technique daily. Inserting very thin needles at various points stimulates and unlocks the blocked energy. Many pets relax and some even fall asleep while they get their acupuncture treatments! Usually, sick pets need multiple treatments over a series of a few weeks. It is difficult to know how a pet will respond. Depending on the ailment, your doctor can tell you how often treatments will be required.
Our Patient of the Month for March is Spirit Barber, an amazing dog who came to us in May paralyzed, with acupuncture treatments he was able to walk again! Please read what Spirit’s mom, Megan, had to say:
“On May 27th 2012, Spirit was suddenly unable to use her back legs. She was panting heavy and whining. I took her to the ER vet who diagnosed her with a stroke. After seeing a few traditional vets, the prognosis was not good. Most feedback was to keep her comfortable, using pain killers, and to try and make her life as quality as possible. The only medical alternative was exploratory surgery on her back, which may, or may not be effective and the cost could be in the thousands.
After some consideration and online research, I found acupuncture as an option. I made an appointment at the Yardley VCA the next day. Our experience was nothing short of a miracle! After only one visit there was almost immediate improvement. After the next visit she was walking again, something I never thought I would ever see again. Using a harness we walked every day, twice a day, and soon she was standing and walking on her own. We continue to come to the VCA every 3-6 months to continue and maintain therapy.
We've been seen by Dr. Braz, Dr. Marx and Dr. Amber (Januszewski). Each doctor has been wonderful, patient and loving; the support staff is consistently caring and kind. I could not ask for a better experience, every time.
She now walks with a limp and sometimes has trouble getting herself up, but she is proof that acupuncture does work. I encourage anyone who has a pet in this situation not to give up; with a little bit of hard work, love and acupuncture, there may be a happy ending for you too!”
With much love and appreciation,
Megan & Spirit