Lots of people complain because their dogs jump up. I’ve been concerned because Cooper hasn’t been jumping up. He jumps up on the bed and into the truck, both of which he loves, only with effort.
Clearly, he’s not comfortable. Not crying or whining, just not eager to jump up. And he has this funny dip and rise in the thoracic area of his spine. We had our regular vet x-ray the area to see if anything obvious was causing the problem, but no. Her suggestion was to consult a veterinary orthopedist, go to a physical therapist, and/or take anti-inflammatory drugs.
Now, I’ve been through all that for various orthopedic ailments of my own, and sometimes those are the best choices. But for the vast majority of my joint and tendon issues, I’ve had the most success with acupuncture.
So that’s what I decided to try with Cooper.
He was really good about it. He let Dr. Curran of Two Rivers Veterinary Clinic put the needles in without protest. After a few minutes, Cooper tried to take out two of the needles himself, so she took them out for him. The rest of the needles stayed in — one at the crown of his head, four in his mid-back, one over his spine at the hips, and one at the base of the tail. For the 15 minutes while he had the needles in, he simply lay on his side next to me, and asked me to rub his belly.
We’ll need to schedule about three more visits, which I was expecting. And Dr. Curran gave me some anti-inflammatory herbs.
I hope it helps.