It's comforting to know that acupuncture is an alternative that helps many dachshunds suffering with back issues, or IVDD (Inter-Vertebral Disc Disease). Meet elderly black piebald 'Bea,' a rescue gal who hails from the Stillwater, Oklahoma region. Bea suddenly developed back pain, and surgery did not correct all of her issues. Excerpt from The Daily O'Collegian: Bea’s owners, Brian and Linda Henning, began looking into alternative treatments when surgery to correct back pain in November failed to restore complete use of her bowel movements.
“She doesn’t seem to be in any pain anymore, so her quality of life is really good,” Linda Henning said. “But if we could do something that inspires that nerve to make her bowel movements work, then it would be better quality of life for all of us.”
The Hennings began researching acupuncture to improve not only Bea’s bowel control, but also the use of her back legs, which occasionally drag because her back is not strong enough to support them.
Read all about Bea, and find out more about acupuncture at The Daily O'Collegian.
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Learn about dachshunds and Intervertebral Disc Disease (IVDD) at Dodger's List. What a great resource. There's always a link to Dodger's List in the links column on your right. They have a very active discussion list, and are real pros when it comes to offering advice for IVDD dachshunds and general dachshund health.