Chinese Herbal Therapy

February 2018 Patient of the Month

Brando's Story

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Over the years we have learned that the dog that we think we are taking home is never the dog that we adopt. We adopted Brando in 2010 a couple months after we lost our senior German Shepherd.  Our senior shepherd had a very easygoing personality.  He was confident without being aggressive which made him the ideal companion for our reactive, nervous, female German Shepherd, Stella. 

We were looking for a dog with a very specific personality to keep our household balanced.  We evaluated several dogs from German Shepherd rescue, the ASPCA and Helping Hounds before a Helping Hounds volunteer recommended Brando (then Rebel) to us.  When Brando and Stella first met it was an immediate match.  He laid in the grass calmly as she ran around playing frisbee.  Periodically she would walk up to Brando and “check-in” with him, giving him a nudge with her nose or letting him sniff her rear before returning to playing.    When Stella is nervous Brando comforts her.  He licks her face, sniffs her rear or just sits down next to her.  He can occasionally be lured into a game of chase or steal-the-toy but can generally be found sitting on the couch next to a heating source. 

Brando was about 2 years old when we adopted him.  Helping Hounds identified Brando as some sort of hound/pitbull mix.  Brando is definitely part hound dog.  He loves to dig in the yard and can sniff out any animal, whether it is a bird or a snake.  Brando’s hound adventures have led to snake bites and one very unfortunate mouse dinner.  We do our best to feed his strong prey drive with puzzle toys and hiding treats around the house. 

We decided to get a DNA test to find out what other breeds Brando was mixed with.  The results showed that Brando is a chow, foxhound, boxer mix.  His coat is more hair-like, like a boxer.  He has some areas where his skin has folds and thicker fur, like a chow.  Brando developed skin sensitivities in the areas with extra folds or fur.  He would scratch and bite these areas until they became raw and infected.  After his worst flare-ups, he would have to be treated with steroids to fully recover.  Steroids were very hard on Brando’s body and not worth the side effects for us.  We had worked with Dr. Polly when our senior Shepherd had skin issues so we knew that she would be able to help Brando. 

We initially tried acupuncture and Chinese herbal therapy.  While the acupuncture treatments did provide Brando with some relief, he was not good about sitting still to have the needles inserted or stay still for the 20 minutes that they need to stay in to be effective.  We decided that his stress over the treatment cancelled out any benefits that he was getting.  We noticed a difference with the Chinese herbs.  We gave it to him daily for a couple months and then on/off for cycles of a couple weeks at a time when he had flare ups.  We even mixed it with oatmeal and peanut butter to make allergy treats. 

Brando’s unique breed mix gives him a bit of an awkward stance.  His front legs are slightly shorter than his back legs.  This combined with the stress that he puts on his front legs digging and pouncing led to lower back pain.  He is very sensitive about having his lower back touched.  He flinches anytime you rub or scratch him along his spine, almost like he is ticklish but it seems to cause him pain.  We knew that he would benefit from chiropractic care from Dr. Polly but she couldn’t adjust his spine because of the touch sensitivity. 

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Dr. Polly recommended that we look in to a K-9 topcoat.  This is a spandex, compression suit that is used on dogs with anxiety, allergies and other sensitivity issues.  The topcoat was a huge success.  When he has the suit on you can rub his back without him flinching and Dr. Polly can adjust his spine to relieve his back pain.  Brando wears his topcoat during allergy flare ups, whenever he receives an adjustment and after stressful situations. 

Brando used to be a nightmare after getting a bath.  During allergy flare ups he gets a bath every 7-10 days.  Before the top coat he would run around the house knocking over furniture and digging into the bed and carpet for several minutes before he calmed down.  Now after his bath we towel-dry Brando and put him in his topcoat.  He goes to his favorite chair and curls up without incident.

Brando had x-rays to confirm that he didn’t have any herniated disks or other structural problems that could be causing the pain.  His x-rays were clear but they did show that he had a bullet in his side.    The bullet does not cause him any pain and would cause more problems now if it was removed.  Brando was rescued from a high-kill shelter in South Carolina by Helping Hounds.  We can’t imagine what the first 2 years of his life were like but have been happy to spoil him for the past 7 years to make up for it. 

Brando now has 3 topcoats and an assortment of clothing options.  He seems to be calmest when he is swaddled in something.  On cold nights, he is happy in his topcoat and underneath a fleece blanket in front of the wood stove.  Even after all these years he still seems to be a South Carolina dog. 

Diagnosis: Lower back pain, muscle pain in neck and shoulders, skin allergies

Treatment: Acupuncture, Chinese Herbal Therapy, Chiropractic and home exercises with touch-sensitive  suit  

January 2017 Patient of the Month!

Stella's Story

When we adopted Stella in 2010, we weren’t looking for a young dog. We had our hearts set on a 9-year old female from German Shepherd Rescue who could be a companion to our 9.5-year-old male, Ezra. The 9-year-old female did not want to live in a house with other dogs, so the rescue steered us to Stella, a 2.5-year-old that had been surrendered by her family.  We feel in love with Stella’s sweet personality and playfulness immediately.  Stella and Ezra were running around and playing like old friends shortly after meeting so we knew she was the dog for us. 

Stella had a femoral head and neck osteotomy performed on her left hip when she was 6-months old after x-rays showed hip dysplasia. Despite this early setback, Stella is an extremely active dog who loves to play fetch and Frisbee. Occasionally we noticed that Stella was stiff after her playtimes. We brought her in for Physical Rehabilitation and Pain Management at the Veterinary Medical Center of CNY. Dr. Fleckenstein and Lis Conarton had worked wonders on our old shepherd, Ezra’s issues through the end of his life so we knew they would come up with a plan to keep Stella active. We immediately saw a decrease in Stella’s stiffness and recovery once we added physical rehabilitation. We have kept Stella on a 4 to 6-week rotation of chiropractic care and hydrotherapy and followed a regiment of home exercise and stretches. 

When we adopted Stella we knew she had anxiety issues. Having a strong male role model around helps with Stella’s anxiety but it is still a problem. Stella’s greatest problems occur during thunderstorms. We have frequently come home or woken up to find Stella wedged into a space that is too small for her. Stella has cut herself during these episodes but never caused an injury that required medical care. In early July, Stella panicked during a thunderstorm and wedged herself under our bed. The bedframe is very close to the ground. The only way Stella was able to get herself under the bed was to unnaturally contort her body. Stella was wedged in so tight that we could not pull her out. I was able to pull Stella out after my husband lifted the bed. It looked like she had rotated her hips at a strange angle so we weren’t surprised that she was a little stiff when she started walking around. 

Aside from the stiffness, she acted like her normal, playful self.  The next morning when we took her out to play fetch it was obvious that something was wrong. She was not putting weight on her left hind leg. We brought Stella to the Veterinary Medical Center of CNY for evaluation and found out that she had ruptured her cruciate ligament. Dr. Robinson and the surgical team assured us that this was a common injury in active dogs and that Stella would be back to her playful self about 12 weeks after surgery if we followed a strict rest and recovery program. 

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One week after Stella’s surgery we started Acupuncture. Stella had a lot of bruising and swelling around her knee and ankle and her leg was extremely hot to the touch. A few hours after her first Acupuncture treatment, the bruising and swelling had decreased significantly. We continued with treatments every two weeks through Stella’s 6-week post op x-rays. Once we got the all-clear that she was healing well, we were able to add Physical Rehabilitation with Lis. Visits with Lis for laser therapy were already part of Stella’s recovery but we were happy that now she was going to be able to do something active to burn off some of that nervous energy. 

At this point, we are almost 11 weeks post-surgery and Stella is doing great. Stella now comes in twice a month for her treatments with Dr. Polly and Lis and we follow our home exercise and mobility regiment.  Stella is doing better than we expected at this point and is basically back to her old self. Even though some parts of the recovery process have been difficult, things would have been much worse without the great care and support that we receive from the VMC. You never want anything bad to happen to your pet but when it does, it is great to have such a great resource close by that embraces both traditional and non-traditional approaches to veterinary care. 

                               ~The Sliwiak Family

Diagnosis:

  • History of Left Femoral Head & Neck Osteotomy
  • Left Cranial Cruciate Ligament Rupture corrected with TPLO repair
  • Noise Phobia
  • Separation Anxiety
  • Secondary Compensatory Muscle Pain

Treatments:

  • Electroacupuncture
  • Laser Therapy
  • Hydrotherapy
  • Massage
  • Soft Tissue Mobilization
  • VSMT
  • Alprazolam (for anxiety)
  • Shen Calmer (Chinese Herbs for Anxiety)
  • Pain Management Perioperatively (and as needed)
  • Tendon Ligament Formula Chinese Herbs

 

 

 

 

December 2016 Patient of the Month

FROSTYN'S STORY

My name is Frostyn and I am an all white Siberian Husky. I am originally from Georgia and they say I was picked up as a stray. I knew where I was and I knew where I was going, but if “stray” makes everyone happy, then that’s okay. I was taken to a place called a kill shelter and fortunately, a rescue organization found me there and got me out. They put my picture on the internet and that’s how my Dad found me. Everyone thinks I’m about eight years old and I’ll let them go on believing that. As everyone knows, a lady doesn’t reveal her true age!

In order to tell you about my journey with the Veterinary Medical Center, I have to begin by telling you about my “sister” Holly. Holly was also a Siberian Husky and even though she was six years older than me, we were the very best of friends. We were both agility dogs (I still am), but a couple of summers ago, Holly became lame. She couldn’t even put any weight on one of her front feet. My Dad was reluctant to use any of those medications on her, so he took her to see Dr. Polly Fleckenstein. To make a long story short, Holly made a complete recovery and returned to agility competition less than a year later because of what Dr. Polly & Lis Conarton did for her. Holly continued to see both of them and continued her agility career until she passed away a little over a year ago, so I have continued in the agility ring without Holly.

My Dad has recently been concerned because, after my first run of the day, whether in class or in competition, I would always slow down. At first he thought it was all in my mind, but then decided he should make sure the problem was not physical. Of course, after the miraculous work done by Dr. Polly & Lis for Holly, the first place my Dad thought to bring me was the Veterinary Medical Center. My Dad had been taking me to VMC when he brought Holly for her appointments, so it was really good to see all my old friends.

Everyone treats me so good when I visit. My Dad already had me on some supplements, but Dr. Polly put me on a couple more. She has been doing acupuncture and spinal manipulation on me and Lis is doing laser treatment on me. Lis has given my Dad lots of work to do at home, including stretching, massage, and exercises to strengthen my abdominal muscles. It’s only been a couple of months, but I feel so much better! My performance in class and in competition has been so much more consistent. Dr. Polly & Lis were able to tell where I was sore and concentrate on those areas. My lower back was really bothering me.

As much as my Dad loves me and understands me, he doesn’t have the knowledge to be able to determine where I’m sore. It’s really important that I feel good since my Dad relies on me to keep him busy. In addition to agility, I take him to rally/obedience class and we also compete in those events. Dad and I are also a pet therapy team with PAWS of CNY. I take him with me to schools where the students read to me and to a home where the people don’t remember me each time we come. We have also done some other activities with PAWS of CNY such as de-stress events at Syracuse University and participated in 4th of July parades.

I’m going to make sure my Dad continues to bring me for treatments with Dr. Polly & Lis so that I’m at my best. Without me to keep him going, I’m afraid he would get bored and lazy!                                 

Frostyn's issues:

  • back pain
  • muscle pain

Frostyn's treatments: 

  • Low Level Laser Therapy (LLLT) 
  • VSMT (veterinary Spinal Manipulation Therapy)
  • Acupuncture
  • Chinese Herbal Therapy
  • Supplements
  • Massage
  • Soft Tissue Mobilization
  • Postural Balance Exercises & Home Exercise Program

July 2016 Patient of the Month

Oliver Abbey

Oliver's Story

This handsome boy is Oliver, the love of my life. He is a Maltese/Shih Tzu who will be 17 on July 22nd, 2016. Happy Birthday to my boy! Oliver’s first visit to the Veterinary Medical Center of CNY was in July 2004 with corneal ulceration and corneal edema of the right eye. We were referred to Doctor Burgesser who began treating Oliver for dry eye with ophthalmic drops. Doctor Burgesser continued to be his Ophthalmologist until his retirement from VMC in January 2016.

Oliver started having back issues the beginning of 2012. His veterinarian, Doctor Stokes-Cowley at Lyncourt Veterinary Hospital took radiographs and diagnosed the beginning of disk disease. He was given NSAID, pain and antispasmodic medication. Oliver was also seen at VMC in 2012 and 2013 for recurrent episodes.

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In November 2013 when the spasms became severe, he was seen by Doctor Fleckenstein, who diagnosed Oliver with Intervertebral Disc Disease. After her assessment , Doctor Fleckenstein prescribed laser acupuncture along with medication and supplements. I was also given exercises for Oliver at home. Without her present regimen, I do not believe Oliver’s quality of life would be what it is now. Thank you to Doctor Fleckenstein and Sue for the love and treats you spoil Oliver with.

Thank you, VMC staff!

Kathy & Oliver

Diagnosis:

  • Intervertebral Disc Disease
  • Corneal Edema (Right Eye)

Treatment:

  • Laser Acupuncture
  • Lateral Flexion Exercises
  • Warm Compress
  • Massage
  • Pain Medications & Supplements

June Patient of the Month

Raji and mom

Raji's Story

Raji started coming to the VMC in the summer of 2013, when he was 12 years old. He had been showing some signs of arthritis, especially in his back legs and part of his back. Sometimes he was also reluctant to go out on walks and we started to wonder if he might be having some pain. We’d gotten him on some supplements that our veterinarian (Dr. Capparelli) recommended (which definitely helped). However, it seemed like he needed something else to help with the stiffness and increasing reluctance to walk for as long as he used to. Our vet thought acupuncture from Dr. Fleckenstein here at the VMC might help to reduce pain and increase mobility.

Raji started seeing Dr. Fleckenstein and right away we noticed a decrease in the amount of twitching in his back when we petted him in certain areas. He also seemed to have more energy, and he was more interested for his normal walks. He also liked coming to see Dr. Fleckenstein and Sue, who assists with most of our visits and also gives great massages and treats! There is always a calm atmosphere and I think Raj feels very cared for. Dr. Fleckenstein has definitely helped with keeping Raj comfortable in his own body as he ages. She has helped to keep down pain and inflammation from arthritis, and worked out trigger points with the laser and needle acupuncture. Dr. Fleckenstein also recommended a ramp for getting him in and out of the car. This ramp has been so helpful, and it is light and easy to set up; he couldn’t get in the car without it!

In the fall of 2014, Raj started seeing Lis for Physical Rehabilitation. Dr. Fleckenstein recommended her and said she could add another dimension to his care. Lis started doing laser therapy and massage to release the increasing number of trigger points he had, and also made exercise suggestions for home. He liked coming for the rehab sessions and was very comfortable with her and her caring, gentle and friendly demeanor. At first Raji had to get up a few times during the sessions to “shake out” after her manual trigger point release, but as Lis worked with him and the trigger points became fewer, he could sit for whole sessions quite often as she worked her trigger point release magic! Lis also shows me various exercises to do with him. She gave some simple exercises and massage techniques for us to do at home to keep his range of motion as good as possible. We also do the massage techniques she shows us so we can keep some of the trigger points at bay. With the sessions with Lis, we can see changes in Raji immediately: he seems brighter and moves better after she works out all the kinks!

Raji

Just a few days ago, unfortunately, Raji had a vestibular episode. Our vet and the folks at VMC were kind enough to lend a hand. The VMC lent us a special harness to help him get up and walk. So far, he hasn’t been successful, but we are working on bringing him back to his old self. It is nice to know everyone is concerned and willing to help Raji get better. We look forward to resuming his therapies soon!

~McCoy Family

Diagnosis:

  • Rhinitis & Sinusitis
  • Presumptive Hind End Osteoarthritis & Weakness
  • Compensating Muscle Pain
  • Myofascial Trigger Points
  • Vestibular Syndrome

Treatment:

  • Acupuncture
  • Lacer Acupuncture
  • Low Level Laser Therapy
  • Dry Needle Trigger Point Therapy
  • Soft Tissue Mobilization
  • Myofascial Trigger Point Release (Manual)
  • Home Exercise Program
  • Medications, Multiple Herbal Therapies, Supplements

 

VMC's May Patient of the Month

Petunia's Story

Petunia

Petunia was the runt of her litter and we believe that is why her spirit is especially strong.  Since the day she came home with her brother Ruben, she has made it very clear that she is the alpha.  Although she may be tiny, she has always gone out of her way to prove that she is the ruler of the roost. It is especially humorous since Ruben and the rest of the animals could not care less.

At her very first vet visit, the doctor warned that she was a 'lemon' and she should be returned to the breeder. Obviously, this was out of the question.  Shortly after several consultations, she was taken to Los Angeles at just 3 months old to have surgery on her heart.  The procedure was very successful, reducing her heart murmur significantly. We were so relieved and Petunia's new strength was remarkable. Growing up in Sunny San Diego, the two Frenchies frequented dog beaches and parks; playing fetch was their favorite thing to do!  Petunia was fast and coordinated, bounding to get her ball. Unlike her brother who often tumbled and fumbled the ball -- he usually held on to it for dear life, knowing Petunia would happily have both balls to herself.

It was not until Petunia was 9 years old that she showed a change in her gait.  At first it was just once and a while, when running full speed for her ball, that her hind legs would go limp. She hardly seemed to notice and would still propel herself for the ball.  After several similar occurrences, we decided to have her seen by a neurosurgeon in Northern San Diego. After examining her, it was predicted that she had bulging discs in two parts of her spine. An MRI would confirm if surgery was even an option, knowing that surgery would only prevent more damage from being done, but would not reverse any of the immobility that she was already experiencing. With Petunia's heart condition and age, anesthesia for the MRI was not encouraged, let alone for the intensive surgery that may follow. The doctors noted that any pain she was experiencing was not affecting her attitude or eating habits and that we should proceed by minimizing her exertion at the park and try some anti-inflammatories to see if that may relieve any pressure in her spinal column. She tested out some mild steroids with little benefits.

Meanwhile, a move to Boston was in process and soon she met with the doctors at Angell Medical Hospital.  First she saw the neurosurgeons and heart specialist, seeking second opinions and advice on how to proceed.  At this point she was becoming more and more wobbly in her hips- coined as 'drunken sailor' movement.  Her spirit was still strong, but she was not able to move like she once had.  After concluding that any operation was too risky with no guarantee of positive results, she went to see Dr. Lisa Moses for acupuncture. After Petunia's first visit with Dr. Moses, she was noticeably more comfortable and showed strong action in her hind quarters. She found relief from pain and reduced inflammation immediately and it seemed like a miracle. As almost two years passed, Petunia's condition did continue to worsen, as expected.  She tried out water therapy and was fitted for some wheels. Still, it was obvious how much she rebounded after acupuncture. Her relief was visible and her love for Dr. Moses was palpable.

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When Petunia moved to the Syracuse area, Dr. Moses recommended the VMC and Dr. Fleckenstein. For almost a year now she has been working with Dr. Fleckenstein and Lis. For the first time she was given exercises and stretches to work on at home. She started taking Chinese Herbs and has minimized her steroid intake, with positive results.  She looks forward to her weekly visits to see Dr. Fleckenstein, Sue, and our other lovely assistants. With ample treats and comfy bedding always set up, Ruben enjoys almost as much pampering when he comes along to accompany his sister. Together, we are all forever grateful for their tender and thoughtful care.  We simply cannot thank you enough!

~Gregg Family

Diagnosis:

  • Hind Limb Paraparesis Secondary to Presumptive Intervertebral Disc Disease and Congenital Vertebral Abnormalities

Treatment:

  • Acupuncture, Electroacupuncture & Lacer Acupuncture for Pain, Nerve Stimulation, Heart Disease, Urinary and Immune Support & General Well Being.
  • Methyl Prednisone, Gabapentin, Chinese Herbal Formula—Loranthus Powder
  • Canine Cart
  • Under Water Treadmill, Low Level Laser Therapy for muscle spasms and Home Exercise & Stretching Program including Home Water Therapy

VMC's (Belated) October Patient of the Month!

Abby's Story

Abby 10-15

Abby started her journey with the VMC in 2009 when she was 9 years old. Prior to the VMC, Abby had surgery in the early 2000’s to repair both cruciate ligaments in her hind legs. She was experiencing some discomfort due to resulting osteoarthritis and trigger points in her shoulders (as she compensated for her knees). Abby had also been diagnosed with Laryngeal Paralysis (LP) which restricted her breathing. We had consulted with a surgical veterinarian regarding the LP; however, he felt surgery was not warranted yet and suggested acupuncture. Hearing Dr. Fleckenstein was the local expert, Abby started acupuncture sessions at the VMC with the added benefit of reducing the pain associated with the osteoarthritis and trigger points.

As Abby’s breathing became more labored due to the LP, Dr. Robinson at VMC  performed a unilateral tieback surgery to reduce the restriction caused by her larynx. Now able to breathe better, and with her joint/muscle pain under control, Abby was back to acting like her old self, an active pup, again. After Abby’s tieback surgery, we continued acupuncture sessions and introduced supplements recommended by Dr. Fleckenstein to help with the osteoarthritis. Abby would become so relaxed and comfortable during acupuncture that she would fall asleep during her treatments.

Dr. Fleckenstein thought Abby could benefit from the addition of physical rehab, so in 2010 we started rehab with Lis Conarton. Abby’s physical rehab includes laser therapy for her joints, manual trigger point release, and walking on the underwater treadmill. Lis also provided us with a home exercise program including massage, range of motion exercises, swimming, and walking at the beach. Abby adores Lis and is very accommodating even when Lis is working out her painful trigger points! In 2013, Abby was diagnosed with a hemangiopericytoma, a soft tissue sarcoma, below her right eye. After consultation with Dr. Rassnick at the VMC, Dr. Robinson again performed surgery on Abby – this time to remove the sarcoma. Unfortunately, the sarcoma could not be removed completely due to the location, so Dr. Robinson implanted a few chemotherapy beads. Dr. Rassnick also recommended the addition of low dose metronomic chemotherapy to prevent the sarcoma from growing, which Abby has tolerated well. We continue to see Dr. Rassnick and we’re happy to report Abby has had no regrowth of the sarcoma for almost 2 years.

Abby swimming 10-15

Abby loves going to the VMC! The office and medical staff welcome her with so much loving attention, it doesn’t matter whether she’s here for surgery with Dr. Robinson, bloodwork with Dr. Rassnick, acupuncture with Dr. Fleckenstein or rehab with Lis. With the wonderful care provided by the VMC, Abby is now almost 15 years old. Abby continues her rehab with Lis, home exercise, and supplements to maintain her quality of life and allow her to age comfortably and gracefully. ~ Abby’s Loving Family

VMC Services Providing Care: • Acupuncture • Surgery • Physical Rehabilitation • Oncology

Diagnoses: • Laryngeal Paralysis • Hemangiopericytoma • Osteoarthritis – Knees • Myofascial Trigger points

Treatments: • Surgery • Metronomic Chemotherapy • Acupuncture • Laser therapy • Manual Trigger Point Release • Home Exercise Program • Supplements • Underwater Treadmill Hydrotherapy

August Acupuncture Patient of the Month

Sophie's Story Sophie August 2015

When my husband and I came back from our honeymoon in Hawaii, we drove all the way to Cato, NY to get a Black Labrador puppy . We just happened to choose the runt of the litter because she was the only girl left. She looked like such a girly dog and was very delicate. That is why I named her Sophie.

When Sophie was around 6 months old, we got her spayed, and it was not long after that, when she began having random urinary accidents in the house. It did not make a whole lot of sense to us, seeing as how she was already potty trained. It was just so unlike her that my husband and I knew that it was not a behavioral matter. At that point, we took her to numerous veterinary appointments and had numerous urine cultures, medicines, etc. None of these things seemed to have been working for our dear Sophie girl. The veterinarian however, did finally come to the conclusion that Sophie had an incontinence problem. As time went on Sophie’s incontinence issue had become much more than scarce...it had become very often. Sometimes she would have 2 to 3 accidents in one day or it would vary and then she might only have an accident once or twice a week. It was becoming tough to handle emotionally for us. Not only was there a ton of laundry that we were trying to keep up on, but we just plain old felt SAD...sad for Sophie because you could see it in her face and in her eyes. She felt as though she were letting us down.

Sophie 2 August 2015

At that point I was almost willing to try anything and that is when I had asked my veterinarian about acupuncture. I told her that I had been researching it online and she suggested Dr. Fleckenstein at the Veterinary Medical Center to us. I was more than interested in trying acupuncture out for Sophie’s incontinence problem… After all, we had been through so much together, what could it possibly hurt? If it didn’t work out, then it didn’t work out, but at least we would be trying. We began her acupuncture back in September 2014 once a week as well as giving her Chinese herbs that Dr. Fleckenstein had suggested.

We now, have been coming about every 4 weeks, and Sophie has NO MORE ACCIDENTS!!! We could not be happier that we chose this path for our little girl Sophie. She is one of the best dogs that we have ever known and she deserves the very best. Thank you for all of your help Dr. Fleckenstein!! ~The Polchlopek Family

Sophie's Problem: Urinary Incontinence

Current Treatments:

  • Acupuncture
  • Chinese Herbal Therapy (Note– One episode of incontinence occurred when no herbs were given when the owners went away for 3 days in March.  There has been no further incontinence since that time.)