Red his his fourth and last acupuncture treatment, at least for now. Dr. Suzanne Fariello of the Cambridge Veterinary Service and I are working together on a number of maintenance options designed to keep Red active and healthy as he gets older. I've lost a number of wonderful border collies before their time, and I am working hard to change that history for Red.
I am happy with the laser treatments, massage and acupuncture options I began after Red was stomped by our pony Chloe during a tiff the two of them had out in the pasture. Chloe was trying to chase Red away from the sheep, Red wasn't moving.
Sometimes Red is anxious during the treatments, but he always ends up quiet and relaxed. We are not looking for transformations in Red's behavior, if he were any calmer he'd have to be dead.
I want to keep him where he is. The only change I've noticed during the treatments with Red is an enhanced intuitiveness during his therapy work, he seems to be ever more powerful at connecting with people and sending their needs.
A year ago, Red was limping badly and struggling to run, his arthritis was also worsening. Today, he is running fluidly and easily, he seems comfortable and he and I are even more connected. In a month, we'll return to one of these treatments and keep the maintenance going. I am wary of elaborate surgeries and expensive treatments for dogs, they are good for vets but I'm not always so sure they are good for dogs.
I think acupuncture is very good for dogs, as it is for people.