Earlier this year, we made the decision to change vets. The primary reason being Nana’s back. Our previous vet had taken x-rays and speculated a lot about why she was having stiffness and occasional limping. But offering only conventional services, the treatment offered was a bottle of the equivalent of Advil for Dogs. Nana didn’t tolerate this medicine very well (aka vomit) and made her very sleepy. This was not the way for a dog to live.
So we searched high and low for a vet who could do something more for our sweet Nana. We decided to look for someone who offered alternative treatments since conventional methods didn’t seem to be working for her. In particular, we were interested in veterinary acupuncture.
***Consult with your veterinarian before making any changes to your dog’s healthcare. This article is about our experience and is for informational purposes only.***
After scouring the internet, we found our vet! He offered acupressure, using a laser instead of needles to target acupuncture points. He had discovered that most patients tolerated this better and the results were equivalent between the two.
The other treatment recommendation was chiropractic adjustments. He uses an electronic activator tool, much like activators used in human spinal adjustments, to “put motion” into the joints, thereby encouraging healing in the area. He does this all down her back, not just down by her hips where the problem was. See the video below for an example.
He also uses another attachment that massages all down her back on either side of her spine, like in the video below.
At first, we were skeptical because the adjustments and acupressure looked so simple. Our first few treatments were close together, once a week or so. After only two treatments there was a dramatic difference. It was like a miracle!
Now she only goes every 2-3 months for maintenance. Along with his approach to Valley Fever and grain free food, we believe our vet saved Nana’s life! Our vet is a certified veterinary chiropractor and certified veterinary acupuncturist; these are important qualifications if you are looking into these services.
We also limit some of her physical activities, we try to limit her jumping up and down from the couch and we also carry her up and down the stairs. Seeing the dramatic improvement in our Nana has proved that it is really worth it to find a vet that meets your needs. It can life-changing and even life-saving.