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Chewie and Vader

Chewie and Vader

Chewie and Vader are two 7-year-old neutered white german shepherds (brother and sister) that I treat with acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine for their mobility problems. Vader was diagnosed with elbow dysplasia as a young dog and had surgery on his right elbow for an ununited anconeal process. He now has severe elbow osteoarthritis resulting in right forelimb lameness that varies in intensity. He responds well to acupuncture and Chinese herbal arthritis formulas to maintain mobility, and enjoys playing with his many footballs and going for long walks in the woods (as long as he doesn’t chase too many squirrels!)

Chewie and Vader

Chewie has difficulty getting up at times and an intermittent left hind limb lameness as well as a long-standing shoulder muscle problem. X-rays of her spine have shown severe spondylosis (a condition of the vertebra that causes pain and lack of mobility). She is never quite as keen to exercise as her brother but she has responded well to acupuncture for her lower back and shoulders, is able to get up more easily and rarely shows any lameness.

William

William the cat

William is a 12-year-old neutered male domestic shorthaired cat who was referred to me for chronic pain due to elbow arthritis. Both elbows had a history of being painful and stiff, and he had particular difficulty jumping down from a height. He reacted badly to non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs. Over time William had lost confidence and although loving he could be difficult to handle at times.

When I first examined William I could barely touch him due to painful muscle trigger points, especially over his hips and shoulders. William has benefited considerably from acupuncture for his muscle and joint pain and also has the support of Seraquin prescribed by his conventional vet. Overall he is much more relaxed and confident and a very much happier cat!

Doris

Doris the cat

Doris is a 15-year-old neutered female domestic shorthaired cat who was referred to me for stiff and weak hind legs due to a lower back problem. She has limited movement in her tail and difficulty jumping up. When I examined her I found her to have a painful lower back and stifle (knee) joints. Doris also has a chronic cough due to bronchial disease.

Doris has responded slowly but surely to acupuncture. She is now able to jump in the bath and lift her tail and even twitch the end of it. She is more active and comfortable and rarely coughs.

Jemma

Jemma the dog

Jemma is a 10-year-old spayed female cavalier King Charles spaniel. I treat her with acupuncture for arthritis of her elbow, carpi (wrist) and hip joints, and with Chinese herbs for her chronic skin and digestive problems. Jemma’s skin problems manifest as hot damp itchy skin especially on her feet and her face, and she has had several episodes of vomiting, diarrhoea and abdominal pain diagnosed as pancreatitis. She has also suffered with Keratoconjunctivitis Sicca (dry eye) in the past. It is a fine art balancing Jemma’s at times complex and conflicting needs. At present her problems are much improved with a combination of acupuncture, Chinese herbal formulas, nutritional supplements including Pet Plus for dogs, and conventional medicine from her usual vet.

Brooke

Brooke the dog

Brooke is a 12-year-old spayed female golden retriever who I have been treating for many years for osteoarthritis in her left stifle (knee) joint. She does not tolerate non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs and can get colitis if she is stressed or eats something unusual.

Brooke’s owner has done a lot of agility and obedience work with her in the past and has trained in acupressure and massage for dogs so Brooke is in excellent hands! She responds very well to acupuncture and Chinese herbs to maintain her mobility and strength. She also has regular physiotherapy treatment from chartered physiotherapist Stephanie Wilson.

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