Jingo became paralyzed after he ruptured a disk in his back in January 2015. He went to UC Davis but he was not a candidate for decompression surgery. The vets there told Jingo's owner to look into buying a doggie wheel chair and that any improvement in his ability to walk or control his bladder and bowels may take months and may not happen at all.
Jingo started getting electro-acupuncture treatments in February. Electro-acupuncture is similar to muscle STIM treatments but uses acupuncture points. He also started Chinese herbal medicine and food therapy.
When Jingo first started getting acupuncture in early February, he was completely paralyzed and incontinent. He was able to pull his legs back when I pinched his toes, but he couldn't stand or bear his own weight, even supported. He couldn't even wag his tail. His muscles were shrinking and he was getting weaker and weaker.
Jingo has one of the most dedicated and awesome humans I've ever had the pleasure to work with. She loves her dog and has given him the best care possible so that he can get better and live the best life possible.
After 3 acupuncture treatments and several weeks of bed rest and diapers, Jingo's owner was ready for something to change, so we tried Jingo in some doggie wheels. He loved them and perked up when he could leave the house and go for walks again. He started urinating on his own outside again and regaining some more bladder control.
It's March 3 now and after 5 weekly acupuncture treatments, herbal medicine and diet changes, Jingo can take a few steps -- and wag his tail! -- all on his own! He is still a bit wobbly but he is gaining strength and we hope to see him continue to make amazing progress! Stand by for updates on Jingo!
UPDATE!! March 24, 2015
Here he is looking a lot more stable and strong since our last video! Jingo is now able to go on short walks without his wheels. Beside weekly electro-acupuncture to stimulate his nerves and muscles, Jingo gets to walk on the underwater treadmill at Sierra Veterinary Specialists in Reno to help him gain back the strength he lost. He also has a daily regimen of physical therapy exercises Maryon works through with him. Jingo seems so much happier now that he can walk again. He is working hard and cooperating well with all the paces we are putting him through. He has such a great attitude and spirit. He and Maryon are a great team!
One of my dreams is to bring an underwater treadmill to South Lake Tahoe to help Jingo and so many other dogs (and cat's) with paralysis, back problems, ACL tears and many other orthopedic issues. The cost is pretty crazy, however, so if anyone would like to invest in a fun and progressive company, let me know!