Laser therapy also known as laser acupuncture is a noninvasive procedure that uses light to stimulate cell regeneration, reduce inflammation and increase blood circulation.
During this session, a laser will be used to stimulate acupuncture points on the body that are specific for reducing pain, promoting circulation and boosting the immune system. It does not require the animal to be still. Most dogs love it. (Sometimes cats want to chase it!)
While visiting the Monks of New Skete and their Divine Canine companions, I was honored to be able to treat Boris who hurt his paw. with the laser. We miss seeing the monks and their gorgeous German Shepherds now that we have moved south to Alexandria VA.
Learn more about the Monks of New Skete, their dogs, books and training programs: https://www.newskete.org/our-dogs.html
This article was written several years ago when I had my veterinary acupuncture practice, Four Paws Acupuncture on the North Shore of MA. Since that time, Nikki has passed away. We miss her dearly.
Using Traditional Chinese Medicine to Treat Canine Injured Cruciate Ligament
By: Jeanie Mossa Kraft, L.Ac.
Nikki is an 9 year old Schnauzer who just recently celebrated her ninth birthday. During the summer of 2005, Nikki somehow managed to injure her rear cruciate ligament and began limping. Her owner, Maria, took her to see her regular vet as well as a specialist who recommended surgery and anti-inflammatory medication, such as Metcam, aspirin and Rimydal.
Nikki had an strong adverse reaction to all the medication with symptoms of diarrhea and hematemesis (vomiting blood). Nikki was then seen by a veterinarian who practices holistic medicine. This doctor recommended putting her on a natural diet. Maria began feeding Nikki a diet of organic turkey, oats with fresh vegetables. She no longer ate any canned or packaged dog food or grocery store pet treats. Though eating better was good for Nikki, it did not improve her symptoms.
With Nikki’s symptoms worsening, her owner was running out of hope. Nikki’s muscles had begun to shrink, and she was no longer able to take walks around the block. She was lame and in pain, and Maria reached a point that she was seriously considering euthanization. She contacted me in the Spring of 2006,with hopes that acupuncture would help and delay that final decision.
The first acupuncture treatment with Nikki was intense! She is a feisty little dog with a big personality. She was curious and wanted to watch every move I made. She would not allow me to needle many of the points I had selected, however we did manage to get a few needles in the most important spots. Maria, still very skeptical, did not see much change in Nikki’s walking on the next day, however she did notice that she had much more energy and slept without changing positions.
Treating dogs with acupuncture is like a dance. Unlike humans, for whom I can explain why certain points benefit the body, dogs need a bit more pampering. Not every human acupuncture point can be needled on a dog, nor should it. Needling a point that may cause pain is never forgotten by a dog and they usually will not allow you near that spot ever again.
Gaining the dog’s trust is very important. Using the Bach Flower Rescue Remedy in all my treatments helps my patients relax.
Since Nikki was still a bit leery of acupuncture, I also incorporated magnet therapy and laser acupuncture during her follow-up acupuncture treatments. By using these therapies I could stimulate points that she would not allow me to needle. A Chinese herbal liniment was also used externally over the site of the torn cruciate ligament with massage to help ease the pain and promote blood circulation. After the fourth acupuncture treatment Nikki was sleeping much more soundly, her walking had improved and she seemed less stressed.
By the eight treatment Nikki had improved and she was able to take short walks with Maria. A year later Nikki’s muscles have filled out again, she is walking, playing and doing well.
I continue to treat Nikki on an on-call basis. Every so often she gets into a bit of trouble jumping on furniture and needs a tune-up. I believe that acupuncture was only part of the solution for Nikki. The fact she is fed a home cooked meal every day maintains her health and speeds healing, and she has the unconditional love of her owner, Maria.
Jeanie Mossa is author of the book The Woof & Warp of Canine Pain and the NCCAOM approved continuing education course Treating Painful Canine Disorders with TCM. She is now accepting new dog and cat patients in the Old Town, Alexandria Area. Visit Four Paws Healing for more info.
One of my must have staples in my Dr Dolittle doctor bag is a bottle of Bach Flower Rescue Remedy. I usually spray a treat and give it to the animal I am working with right before the session begins. We use this at home for our rescue pup who is terrified of storms, BOOMs and fireworks too. I also use it for most of my human acupuncture patients. (People are soooo wound tight here in the DC area!)
From the Bach Flower website: “Works wonders for animals that are impatient, fearful, have been through a traumatic situation, have fear of thunder and fireworks or do not feel themselves.
Add 2 drops in their drinking water and you’ll see how quickly they return to normal.
Inactive Ingredients: 80% Vegetable Glycerin, 20% water
The original Bach Flower Remedies has been used on humans and animals for more than 80 years.” http://www.bachflower.com/rescue-remedy-pet/
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To rid your home of fleas, spread a box of Mule Team Borax (available in your store’s laundry soap isle), over your carpet. Use a broom and sweep it into the carpet. Wait a couple of hours then vacuum. The residual borax that remains in the carpet will kill the fleas and their larvae simply by drying them out.
Make sure your pets do not walk on the floor while the Borax is there. It can be absorbed into their feet.
Wishing you a flea-free summer from all of us at Four Paws Healing!
Meet Quan Yin Kali Wu, our Pawsitive Relations Pup for Four Paws Healing! Also affectionately referred to as Wu. She is a rescue dog from the SPCA of Tennessee. Abandoned in floods of 2010. Part Border Collie, Newfoundland and Dragon. She will be helping us with the blog.
Four Paws Healing is officially up and running. Jeanie Mossa, licensed acupuncturist and herbalist is now accepting new dog and cat patients in the Old Town, Alexandria VA area. Please visit our website for more details. FourPawsHealing.com
Pet humans are invited to visit Jeanie’s website www.jeaniemossa.com