I recently discovered there is a veterinary clinic in Malaysia that can prescribe acupuncture and TCM treatment. Such treatments are especially effective if your pet has mobility issue or suffered paralysis in which conventional treatment failed to work.
Acupuncture treatment is very effective for humans with pain. Hence it is not surprising for animals. I know it is very sad if your pet suffered mobility issues and you may want to try to seek alternatives. Hopefully this will help your pet as it did helped mine.
Last year, my pet dog suddenly got paralyzed. He seemed to lose strength on his legs and were unable to move. I am totally at my wits end as to what to do with my beloved dog. The poor fellow was literally struggling to crawl to the garden to relieve himself. Below was a video I made on his condition:
When I took to my usual vet, he suggested Xrays and a host of tests to determine the issue with my dog whether it was due to a bone fracture or other causes. He also had a suspicion it was due to tick paralysis. The medications that was given did not provide much relief for my dog.
While at a pet shop trying to purchase a harness for my dog (you can find these sold online), the owner suggested that I try out this vet located in Section 17 Petaling Jaya who could treat pets using conventional medicine as well as acupuncture and traditional Chinese medicine. He told me that usually such cases may be more effective using acupuncture.
The pet shop did not have the harness that I needed but at another pet shop who sold the harness, the owner also suggested the same thing- acupuncture especially for pets with difficulty walking. She suggested another shop.
However I took my dog to the Philos Veterinary Clinic located in Section 17 Petaling Jaya. Prior to going to the clinic, I made a call and inquired about the acupuncture… which was good because for acupuncture and surgery, appointment is required.
The first time, we brought our pet there on a weekday afternoon and the clinic was crowded with other pet owners who brought in dogs and cats for treatment. We waited for about 30 minutes as there was only one doctor available that day.
The vet, Dr Liong is a real compassionate doctor. You can see that she genuinely loved animals. She administered acupuncture on my dog using real acupuncture needles and lighting:
If you look closely at the photo, you could see acupuncture needles on my dog’s body. Then a heat lamp is also used to shine on him- 30 minutes on his upper body and another 30 minutes on his lower body.
I have written in greater detail about the treatment in my health blog article here.
The vet administered Chinese medicine for my dog which he had to take twice a day (the tablets actually smelled of the typical Chinese herbs):
I also got oral tick medicine from the clinic costing RM50 per tablet which is eaten once a month. But having tried tick medicine through spraying and droplets, I find the orally consumed tablet to be most effective (of course it is also the most expensive but I need not suffer tick infestation on my dogs). The vet herself told me she also give the same medicine for her dog.
The vet told me that it takes up to 2 days before the acupuncture treatment can see effect. Sometimes right after treatment the dog may look lethargic but give it about 2 days.
Actually, after about 1.5 days, I noticed better strength in my dog. Then I fed my dog the oral tick medicine and next day, miraculously he could get up and walk, even though he was a little weak. I continued giving him daily medication (I force feed him).
One week later, we went for another follow up treatment and less than 2 days after the second treatment, my dog could walk again. He now walks normally like any other dog.
I am grateful to the clinic for curing my dog and that it practices the medicine that I instinctively felt worked far better than conventional medicine. I dread to think what would have happened if my 6 year old doggie is to be paralyzed. The vet told me that my dog is not paralyzed due to lack of glucosamine or calcium deficiency. Instead, it is because he just could not get up to walk.
Her treatment method is to use a combination of acupuncture and TCM to strengthen my dog’s ‘yang’ energy and bring up the energy in his kidneys (in TCM, kidney energy is closely related to the energy of the limbs).
A good veterinary clinic would always be busy as word would spread quickly. The clinic is generally very packed, since it accept walk in customers (however remember, for acupuncture and surgery, appointment is required).
There is a board where customers wrote thank you note to express their gratitude to the vet:
Philos Veterinary Clinic
925, Jalan 17/38, 46400 Petaling Jaya
Veterinarians: Dr Liong Siew Ling and Dr Joeanne Tan
Business hours: Monday to Friday 10am to 7pm
Saturday: 10am to 4pm
Closed on Sunday.
Lunch break: 1pm to 2pm
I got the information from a board in their clinic:
Consultation on pet diseases
– Tick treatment
– Heart worm injection
– Soft tissue surgery
Note: Based on another pet shop owner, she mentioned there is another online holistic vet called Asia Paws that also administer acupuncture on pets. The holistic clinic is located in Taman Tun and she said you must send a video of the pet (with the condition), then make the appointment and payment prior to visiting. The website is http://www.asiapaws.com/. The lady brought her dog for treatment as her dog’s hind legs suddenly lose strength and after about a course of 6 treatments, her dog could walk. She also shared about a story of a man whose cat got hit by a car and was declared paralyzed by other vets. Upon 2 courses (12 times treatment), the cat could walk again. The treatment costs over RM100 each but it is worth a shot to bring back mobility in your pets.
Note: If you are not able to access to the vet and your dog is paralysed, there are some items that may help your dog (usually you need to make inquiries with your regular pet supplies shop):
- Dog harness- to help lift the dog up
- Dog wheelchair (if the dog is still able to move on its front paws, the wheels are fixed to the hind legs)