Yesterday afternoon I took Gidget to Dr. Andrea Lanphear in Madison who is veterinarian and also a veterinarian of acupuncture and Chinese medicine with Anshen Veterinary Acupuncture.
It was a two hour appointment going over in depth Gidget’s diet, her environment, her personality and so much more. She also received an acupuncture treatment.
Watching her experience the acupuncture was fascinating. She didn’t seem to mind the tiny needles at all. As Dr. Andrea and I continued to talk while the needles did their work, I realized Gidget was relaxing into my hands, almost melting into them. It made me feel good that she was having a positive experience with this.
We discussed many things yesterday. I shared with Dr. Andrea a theory I have of what may be causing the seizures. I supplied my research and she felt there is something there worth observing and considering.
For now I’m not comfortable in saying anything about what I think it may be, as now it is a “wait and see” situation. But it is something I was giving Gidget and as of last week after her last seizure, I’ve stopped giving it to her.
Interestingly enough, when I began giving this product to her it coincides with when the seizures began. I must also note that just because Gidget may have experienced seizures from this, does not mean other dogs will.
It will be wonderful if this is what it is as we will have solved the puzzle. I’m hopeful. She may also still have another seizure as this may have to work itself out of her system.
But doing the acupuncture made me feel good because it is helping balance her back out again. We are going back in two-three weeks for a follow up appointment and another acupuncture treatment.
I also learned a technique called Tui-Na, which is Chinese massage. I’m looking forward to doing this for Gidget…and Kylie will benefit too.
She slept really good overnight – I didn’t hear a peep out of her! But then again, I slept pretty good too as I felt good about our appointment and what I learned.
Also, another thing I really appreciate is that I will receive a “report card” of everything we talked about and suggestions on how to move forward. It was a lot to take in yesterday so to have this record will be so helpful.
I will keep you posted.
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