Juno gave me another heart attack this week. Yesterday I let her play zoomies with Loki in the outer yard while I changed clothes to take them for a walk. They zoomied for quite a while and then happily went for a walk. When we got back from our walk, they both plopped in my office for a nap before dinner. When I got up to make them dinner, Juno started to kick her back leg out and cried. She wouldn't put any weight on it and constantly ran away from me, something she never does. I panicked. Thankfully Doctor Hilary called me back and convinced me to stop panicking, that she probably strained or pulled a muscle and it was cramping. She suggested to dope her up with the narcotic Tramadol that I still had on hand from her mysterious illness in November until the next morning when I can take her in for acupucture.
You see, I'd love to give Juno an anti-inflamatory like Rimadyl or Metacam, but I can't. I can't take the chance that what she had last November wasn't an autoimmune response to that very type of drug. So the only thing I could give her was a narcotic. And if you've ever had been given narcotics to treat intense pain, you know narcotics don't make it go away, they just make you not care about it. I was heartbroken not to be able to reduce her pain, but at least I could get her high enough to knock her out for the night.
Thank Dog for acupuncture! Anytime Juno has soreness from her hip dysplasia, it reduces inflammation and helps get blood flow to the tight muscles. Sometimes Juno needs acupuncture a lot. Sometimes she doesn't need it for a while. It depends completely on circumstance or if she has too much fun kicking Loki's butt.
Today she went in for her needles and her right jodhpur had much soreness! Dogtor Hilary had to massage the area a long time before Juno allowed her to stick her with the needles.
The photos below are from a previous acupuncture appointment that she had for soreness in her shoulders from digging a hole half way to Siberia. Most of the needles are in her upper back for that reason. Although it seems like a dog would not enjoy this, Juno doesn't mind at all, in fact, most of the time, she chills right out and takes a nice long nap while her needles go to work. Sometimes Loki's with her settles right in and naps right next to her.
Needles are in, with the help of the bag of food-ables. Juno's wagging tail tells me she's pretty content. The first needle to go in, is always the yin channel, to get the doggie relaxed and ready to receive more needles.
Juno's upper back was very tight a few weeks ago. I had picked up on this when I had taken her to Physical Therapy and she looked very unhappy to be there. Usually she loves going to PT. Really. We didn't go to the appointment and instead went to acupuncture. A good move. When Dogtor Hilary examined her, she felt a great deal of tight muscles in her upper back. Dogtor Hilary guessed that she may have been digging. Who, Juno? Nahhh....
The gratuitous jodhpur shot. For her fans.
"This amber lighting works well with my naturally beautiful eyes, doesn't it?"
After a while, it's sweet dreams for June-Bug:
"Hunky malamutes feeding me an endless supply of giant juicy bones!"
When she's fully cooked, Dogtor Hilary comes back to massage her and remove her needles.
"Awe...Doc, that's the spot. Is it really time to go? I was just getting so comfortable!"
Afterwards, Juno sets her priorities straight. She jumped up on the counter to smell the flowers. Because we should all stop and smell the flowers, right? But then ...
"These flowers are quite nice, but I wouldn't mind a few more Zukes for the road. How about it Mom?"
That's my girl. Siberian priorities always in the right order.