Category: CCL


Canine Epilepsy and Hind Limb Weakness – A Holistic Approach

Niko is a German Shepherd first afflicted with epileptic seizures at five years of age. Despite having seen two neurologists, undergone many MRI’s and taking four pharmaceutical medications, when I first examined him four years ago, he was seizuring 5 to 6 times a day. Ironically, holistic medicine was only suggested as a last resort. Now, with holistic medicine, he… Read more →

Cranial Cruciate Ligament Injuries

What You Won’t Hear Anywhere Else I’ve decided to write about Cranial Cruciate Ligament (CCL) injuries partly because I’m frequently asked about treatment options, but also because everyone should understand why some surgical treatment options are commonly performed without first trying less invasive methods of healing. Some of the most common and popular methods of surgical treatment are not necessarily the… Read more →


CCL Injuries and Aging (Case Study: Abbey)

Treating CCL Injuries in Senior Pets Many pet caregivers are thankful for alternative treatment options for their older pets. If a patient is over 12-years-old, I consider recommending the following: Homeopathic: Administer Arnica Montana 30C every four hours for five days if possible. *Remember to avoid touching the pellets with your hands. Herbs: Many herbs are helpful in reducing inflammation and aid… Read more →


Acupuncture for a Ruptured CCL

Chika is a 13 year old Chihuahua. She is such a nice girl and allows me acupuncture her knees.  She ruptured her right cruciate ligament (like the ACL in humans) many years ago. In order to keep her liver and kidneys happy, she is getting acupuncture instead of medications to suppress inflammation. The acupuncture helps prevent pain and keeps swelling/inflammation… Read more →


Meet Carlos, 8 year-old male neutered mixed breed

History: Mild allergies manifesting as itchy skin, hip dysplasia on left hip, moderate partial tear of right cranial cruciate Current problems: Holding right hind leg up when he is too active, cries when he gets up. Conventional treatments: NSAIDs and surgery, both of which the owner declined. Current Holistic therapy: Acupuncture, chiropractic, aquapuncture around the hips and knees (into specific… Read more →


Meet Avalanche: 11 year-old male neutered Great Pyrenees

Avalanche’s history: Hip dysplasia, TPLO surgery for cruciate ligament tear at age one, lipomas, food allergies, intestinal symptoms. Most recent symptoms: Horner’s syndrome, neurologic weakness left hind. Conventional treatment: If treated according to traditional Western veterinary practice, Avalanche would likely be on a regimen of steroids or non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs as well as narcotics for acute pain episodes. Each of… Read more →