Acupuncture

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Registered: 11-01-1999
Acupuncture
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Thu, 07-11-2013 - 9:40pm

I have to take Roo Ben 35 miles across the Metroplex tomorrow for his acupuncture treatment.  Not my choice; remember Roo Ben still belongs to Pug Rescue and they make his medical decisions.

What do you think?  Have you ever tried it?  Would you?  Would you try it on your pet?

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Registered: 10-05-2000
In reply to: glebou
Fri, 07-12-2013 - 1:08pm

Have never tried acupuncture on Jack and Taz.  I suppose if it was recommended I would. 

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Registered: 11-21-2001
In reply to: glebou
Fri, 07-12-2013 - 2:52pm

When we were moving to Virginia my vet in NJ said that "sometimes" acupuncture helps dogs in kidney failure - as ^Valentine^ was at the time.  So I looked for a clinic that did acupuncture here in Williamsburg but, unfortunately, Valentine was too far along by the time we moved.

I would do anything - within reason - for my dogs, so if a vet recommended acupuncture, I would definitely have it done.

Laura
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Registered: 06-27-2000
In reply to: glebou
Fri, 07-12-2013 - 9:22pm

We took our ACD for acupuncture treatments once a month for his sliding kneecaps and torqued vertebrae, which caused the little guy a lot of pain.  It was amazing. He would hobble in, and afterwards be able to jump into the car.  It will depend on how good the acupuncturist is and if Roo Ben can stay still for it and leave the needles in until they fall out. Good luck!

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iVillage Member
Registered: 11-01-1999
In reply to: glebou
Fri, 07-12-2013 - 11:08pm

Roo Ben is a wonderful patient.  Relaxed and calm.  It looks like they run an electric current through him.  But they remove the little needles when they are done; they don't leave them in until they fall out.

I didn't think it was helping much, but Roo Ben's knuckles are no longer skinned.  And he has fewer poopy accidents in the house.  He actually goes out and CHOOSES where he wants to poop instead of it just falling out of him as soon as he gets out the door (or on his way to the door).

I drive 70 miles round trip and pay $6.50 in tolls to take Roo Ben to the acupuncturist with whom the Rescue has a contract.  She is very nice and very good, but if I were to adopt Roo Ben I would want to use someone local.  There is one well-respected vet clinic here, not far from my house, actually, that offers acupuncture.  I have sent them an e-mail inquiring about how much it costs.

Roo Ben would like for this to be his forever home.  Not sure yet if we can make that happen for him.

Community Leader
Registered: 11-21-2001
In reply to: gazebo
Mon, 07-15-2013 - 3:10pm

{{{Gaye}}}....I know that this has been a concern of yours for a while.  You are doing so much for Roo Ben right now....if you can't actually adopt him at least he is getting the love and care he needs.  You need to make the best decision for you and your family....

Laura
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Registered: 11-19-2001
In reply to: glebou
Tue, 07-16-2013 - 7:30am

Acupuncture really helped Spencer with his back.  But you have to keep up on it regularly.  It's not a one shot deal.

 

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Registered: 03-20-2001
In reply to: twig04
Tue, 07-16-2013 - 8:32am

I'm so happy to hear that the accupuncture is helping Roo Ben.
I'm sure RB would love to stay forever with you,, and I will admit I wish every dog that needs a home could come to your home with you to love and care for them as you are the most loving and patient furmom one could wish for.  ;O)

 

 

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Registered: 11-01-1999
In reply to: glebou
Tue, 07-16-2013 - 8:47pm

It so happened on Saturday when I was doing the PetSmart offsite adoption event for the local shelter, that the adoption coordinator (the matchmaker, if you will) saw a car in the parking lot with pug magnets on it, figured I was working the event, and sought me out.  I don't recall every having MET her, though I have spoken with her on the phone several times, each time a foster of mine has been adopted.  She indicated that I could adopt Roo Ben anytime I wanted to without an adoption fee, but that I would have to assume his medical expenses from that date forward.  She also indicated that she doesn't see him going anywhere, and he is probably a permanent foster here in my house.