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Acu in Practice: Keep Seniors Moving!

Welcome to Acu in Practice! Meet Oreo, a 15.5 year old papillon who is proving to the dog world you are never too old to learn new tricks…or at least keep your repertoire going! Oreo and his person participated in the IVAS mentorship program and had such a great time (and good results) that he can to visit me at my practice last week. Oreo has marked spondylosis and narrowing of several disc spaces. Our main goals for Oreo are to increase his comfort level and to keep him going on his walks (which he loves) for as long as possible. In addition, we want to support his kidneys as his recent labwork indicates he is in early renal insufficiency. While he tends to be a bit on the nervous side and sleeps a lot, Oreo has a great attitude, a healthy appetite, and bright energy level when he is awake. Oreo goes on a 1+ hour walk daily and his owner contacted us after the treatment to let us know he is acting and moving “like a puppy.”

Oreo’s TCM Diagnosis:

Primary - Kidney Qi and Yin Deficient Bony Bi Syndrome, Wei of the hindlimbs, Stagnation in the Channels of the Back

Secondary - Liver Blood Deficiency with Qi Stagnation

TCM Treatment Principles:

Nourish Kidney, Qi and Yin, Nourish Spleen and Blood, Move Stagnation in the Channels of the Back.

Nourish Liver Blood and move Qi

Oreo’s Acu RX:

GV 20, BL 17, BL 20, BL 23, Lumbar BH, LIV 13, BL 54, BL 40, BL 60-KID 3, ST 36 left, SP 6 right.

Additional Treatment Plan:

Oreo is on a high moisture diet, home cooked food with a formulated base mix. We are rotating the protein and additional veggies to target Blood, Yin and Qi.

Chinese herbal formulas include APR Nourishing and Supple Spine by Kan Herb Essentials.

Omega fatty acid supplementation. Joint Support.

Vitamin B12 injectable.

Oreo is a bit like the Stephen Tyler of the dog world and I hope to help him stay this way for as long as he wants to keep rockin’!

This post was created by Nell Ostermeier, DVM, CVA, FAAVA and is intended for informational use, not to replace medical advice.


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