Wednesday, 11 April 2007

Needles and pins!

Today I went for my first acupuncture treatment on the degenerated discs in my neck. Here in the UK acupuncture for animals has to be administered by a fully qualified vet trained in acupuncture and there aren't many practitioners near where I live. J1 was a bit worried that I wouldn't like it as I don't like standing still or being handled by strangers. It did feel kind of weird at first but I think I quite liked it. Here are the types of needles that were used. Turn away now if you're squeamish... I am usually the vets' worst enemy because I bark and cause such a fuss. I was quite well behaved this time once I'd terrorised a rabbit in the waiting room. When the needles were put in place I had to stand still for 10 minutes. J1 held my head so that I wouldn't move but I went into a bit of a trance, drooled on her leg and didn't move at all. I think I had about 12 needles in various points on my hind legs, neck and back.

The acupuncturist wanted to put needles in my front legs and feet but I HATE my feet being touched so he didn't try it this time. I'm going back for another session in two weeks. I'll keep you posted on my progress. When we got home I fell into a lovely deep peaceful sleep for hours. Zzzzzzzzzzz.


Asta said...

Jackson, You're a very brave foxy..try to put up with it,I heard from my friends who've had those needles, that it really helps..would't it be lovely to feel better?
I hate having my legs touched too..I put up a huge fuss when my Mommy tries to comb them..but this seems like a good cause to stay still for. Corragio!!! I'm glad you like my Mommy's paintings..I help her when she does them..I want to eat her drop-cloth, and her brushes, and the paint..she's mean and wont let me do any of those things..but I try and try, like any self respecting terrier puppy. Have a nice snooze, and feel better, love and smoochie kisses ASTA

Asta said...

I wrote you ,but it didn't seem to take.
Hope you feel much, much better after you ordeal with pins!!!!
I heard they really work, so CORRAGIO,

Butchy & Snickers said...

Hey Jackson,
From what your Mama told us on the wire group, sounds like you were very relaxed from the needles. Mama says that's a good sign & we sure hope this helps relieve your pains. Mama wishes her health insurance paid for acupunture, cause she would get it to help her migraines & fibromyalgia. Her uncle tried it years ago for his headaches & it really helped him. Keep us posted on your progress pal!!
Luv & Wirey Hugs!
Butchy & Snickers
PS Still trying to dig out of the snow, at least the sun is shining today, yippeee!

Wired for Mackie said...

I sure hope that the needles make you feel better, buddy! Odd though that needles are supposed to be good for you, eh? Whatever it takes, right!?
Take care!

Your pal, Mackie

Quinvale AstaLaVista Baby said...

Hi Jackson, That's unbelievable that you could stand still for 10 whole minutes! I'm so amazed - I could never do that. My mum's previous WFT Caesar, also did not like having his feet touched. xxx Asta

Maggie said...

My friend Molly the Golden Retriever used to go for accupuncture and Miss Barbara said she loved it and it helped her a lot! I hope it helps you too.

Love ya lots,

maggie said...

ok , i think needles are scawie . i do hafto admit it does sound peacefull

Gus said...

Good wishes from Gus and Teka in Azrizona. Muzzer thinks acupuncture is a very positive healing influence, and said you were very brave. I don't like my feet touched either. Is this a terrier thing or what?

Super Boy & Baby-Licious said...

Our Mama goes for a yearly accupunture and she hates it. But she got to do it so that her wrist does not aches.

You are a brave boy.

Boy n Baby

Simba said...

That looks painful. Not sure I'm not sure I'd like that.

Simba xx

Oscar Airedale said...

If you look at Sunshade's blog, you'll see she has acupuncture too & it always sends her off into a sleep too!

Yay to you for being so brave. Paws crossed it helps.

Oscar x

Dean-O! said...

Wow! That is totally cool.

Before you know it, your ying ’n’ yang will be in the right places.

But standing still for TEN minutes! That’s gotta be some wire-y record...

Your pal in Montreal, Dean-O!

Boo said...

do u know sunshade? she went for acupuncture too for her joint problem. u should really visit her blog to know what kind of acupuncture she's getting.

Sunshade's blog is here

wet wet licks


Freda said...

Whoa, Jackson! One twos one twos (ten) minutes! That's got be a world record. Do you leak now when you drink? Arf! Arf!

My dad had accupressure once. It worked reeeallys cooools. Now I practice Fredapressure on his elbow when I want to go outs, eat, drinks or tell him it's time for a shower. I loves it when my humans shower.

Hope all is well.



Loui (and his mum!) said...

Acupuncture is the best! My mum swears by it and her therapist says it either makes you sleepy or hyper....mum always got hyper and used to come home and drive dad mad with her non stop chatting!
It will make you feel so much better!!!

Loui xx

Chelsea said...

Very intereting. I hope it works for you. Mama says it will. She is into all that kind of holistic medicine stuff.

You are very brave.I guess you got loads of treats for enduring those needles.


Amber-Mae said...

Oh those needles makes my body tingle! I can;t see it... I got this thing with sharp shiny long needles. was it anyway? My bad kitty sis also had once coz she's paraplegic and can't walk properly, keep on slipping & sliding altho she can stand still for a few seconds if she doesn't move a toe. She sure hated it. I just got two injections last week to improve my fur which is now dropping off due to my hormone imbalance. The vet stabbed the injections straight into the stomach, both sides. Ouchy it hurt! Wonder why he prefers stabing it into the stomach then in the thigh...???

Love licks,
Solid Gold Dancer

Billy said...

I had heard of acupuncture for hoomans but not for us dogs. I'm glad you didn't seem to find it too painful dear Jackson. It seems to have made you groggy and you probably had the best sleep ever which is probably a good thing as you were probably more exhausted from the whole ordeal than anything else.

Hugs from Billy Boo:)

Quinvale AstaLaVista Baby said...

G'day Jackson,
A day without Asta's is like a day without sunshine, or martini's. xxxoooxxx Asta

Asta said...

Jackson, I didn't know where else to reply to your questions, so here goes:I tried to sneak into the filming, but they needed criminal types not cute terriers;I love olives,but alcohol,not so much;all my parents' furry kids have beennamed after the thin man characters..they even had a Charlie,then she ran out of people names,that's why I'm's a sort of theme I guess, not very original..I was almost Milou from Tin-Tin; my mummy thanks you for the get well wishes..she still feels awful;mor important how are you feeling ..I think about you all the time...smoochie kissesASTA

Billy said...

Hi need to get a little chatter box:)

I hoovered up all the crumbs on that carpet, don't worry...with treats, everything gets taken in with nothing left behind haha!

Have a great day little one:)

Hugs from Billy Boo:)

Asta said...

I'm worried about you, and thinking of you with love and smoochie kisses

Liberty Doo Dah said...

Hey Jackson!
Acupuncture is said to be very relaxing! Even as much as a massage is! Hope this will help you feel lots better!

Sunshade said...

YOu're gonna feel sooooooo good in no time Jackson. and since you fall asleep like I do, you KNOW acupuncture really works for you!!!!

Love nibbles,
Miss Sunshade

Texas's Mum said...

Hey Jackson,
I feel the same about my feet
when the hoomans think it is time
for me to get my nails clipped they
have to get the vet to knock me out.

Love and Licks
Texas (and his humans).

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Simba xx

wally said...

Jackson--You're a good boy! That acupuncture stuff is supposed to be mad good for us. I hope it helps with your nasty disk. My ma is planning to try it for my arfritisy back.


ps. frosty paws are overpriced doggy ice cream! Tasty!