On Friday morning Christine came in quite early to pick me up and take me on a car ride. I enjoy car rides after I overcome my initial nervousness, and thought we were going somewhere fun. I was wrong. I may have to re-think my opinion about Christine because she took me to another dog doctor named Dr. Rowe at Aid Animal Hospital.
The reason for this adventure is because a while back, I started to limp a bit when playing fetch with volunteers and the humans who take care of us. Pete in all his wisdom became concerned and asked Dr. Johnston, the Shelter Veterinarian, to examine me, and she thought I should be evaluated by a specialist. I had a very thorough examine at VCA Welborn Animal Hospital, and had pictures taken of my bones (I believe these are called radiographs, or x-rays). The pictures showed I have arthritis in my left elbow, which is mild, and moderate arthritis in my right elbow. I also have something called “spondylosis of the lumbar vertebrae” which is complicated human speak for something that happens to our bones as we age. I have been on anti-inflamitory medication, both tasty tablets and injections.
The reason Christine took me to Dr. Rowe is for something called acupuncture which means I had a lot of needles stuck in me with the hope they will make me feel better. The tiny sharp needles were placed in areas where I have muscle spasms (caused by arthritis and spondylosis) to help reduce the tightening of the muscles, and release good things called endorphins both through my spine and my brain. Although I had reservations about whether or not treating me like a doggy pin cushion would work (and the sensation is very weird and rather difficult to explain), during my treatment I did start to relax, and almost fell asleep. I was very good for Dr. Rowe, and must admit I did feel better afterwards. I even smiled for Christine and Jana (another human who does a LOT for all of us here, both dogs and cats) after my treatment. I almost fell asleep on the ride back, but I did not want to give away to Christine how relaxed I was. She did give me several delicious Milkbones when we arrived back at the shelter… so I guess I will forgive her.
HSGKC is a very special place, and we are lucky to have so many who love us and are willing to do whatever they can to help us out. My acupuncture is being paid for by the kind individuals who donate to HSGKC’s Gabriel’s Fund. I will keep you posted about my progress with this acupuncture… I heard Jana and Christine schedule a few more appointments for me. I am very ready for a nap now, so I bid you good day.