Veterinary Acupuncture Saves Lives at Riverside Animal Clinic & Holistic Center

Dec 2, 2019

Dr Jim Carlson, Owner and Holistic Veterinarian, Riverside Animal Clinic & Holistic Center, McHenry, Illinois

Acupuncture restores beloved dog’s mobility.

Daisy came into Riverside Animal Clinic & Holistic Center with paralysis. Her owner, John, carried little Daisy in the office and kept her in his arms. Dr. Jim Carlson, certified veterinary acupuncturist, examined Daisy.

Daisy receiving acupuncture.

“Daisy needed some serious help with her back pain. She experienced paralysis of the hind limbs and needed some resolution to relieve not only her back issues but her anxiety over not being able to walk,” said Dr. Carlson. The first session was successful for Daisy. Here’s a Facebook live video explaining the procedure and showing Daisy walking just after the needles went into place.

As a breed, Dachshunds have a propensity toward intervertebral disc disease or IVDD. If you own a dog of this breed or a mix you suspect is a Dachshund, you should get to know a veterinary acupuncture specialist in your area. This is important, because just like Daisy’s issue, IVDD dogs can be fine one day and paralyzed the next. Acupuncture isn’t just for specific breeds but for any dog experiencing a neurological problem.

You can expect that your pet may be tired after acupuncture. This is common in the release of your pet’s endorphins creating the ability to finally relax.

We’re happy that Daisy is feeling better now and she will return for more acupuncture visits, up to 5 over the next month or two. After that, she will go on a maintenance plan. Pain can be tricky to treat and traditional pain medications come with many side effects. Riverside Animal Clinic & Holistic Center is excited to offer side effect free treatments with acupuncture therapy.

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