I had the worst day in my life on 30 June 2016. My daddy came home and found me hiding under the table unable to move. He pulled me out and thought that my legs might be numb from sleeping in the same position for the whole afternoon whilst everybody was at work. He tried to massage my legs like he usually did. However, the scariest thing happened…. my legs were still like jelly. They did not seem to belong to me and I couldn’t feel them at all.
The next thing, my human family did was to rush me to the vet. The worse had yet to unfold…
At the vet, I was made to undergo a physical examination. He actually realized that my legs did not have any reactions to pain, except deep pain and he raised the fear of the possibility of me having slipped disc. In addition, he also realized that my whole belly, eyes and gums were found to be jaundiced. I underwent a blood test and the results came as a big shock to my human family. I was found to have liver problem.
I was rushed to the 24hrs animal hospital to do a CT scan. However, upon arrival, the vet held back on doing the CT scan as my liver problem rendered me unsuitable for anesthesia. So I was warded overnight for monitoring and to schedule an ultrasound of the liver the next morning.
The ultrasound result was devastating…. I was found to have tumors in my liver. The vet suggested 3 choices for my human family.
1) To undergo a liver biopsy test whereby I got to undergo the risk of anesthesia and the vet would put a long needle into my liver and take a sample of the cells to test whether the tumors are cancerous or benign.
2) To undergo surgery for my supposed slipped disc problem. This is a greater risk since I will be under anesthesia for an even longer time. There is a higher chance of me not waking up from the surgery.
3) To euthanize me……
My human family was heartbroken and torn between the decisions. Nobody felt that I should undergo such a big risk and the thought of losing me was devastating.
It was godsend that my human sister remembered the stories she read on facebook of real-life cases of dogs who were unable to walk but miraculously cured after they underwent acupuncture treatments by a very famous animal TCM doctor in Singapore. That doctor was no other than Dr Oh. My life savior!
Immediately, my daddy called up the clinic and explained my situation to Dr Oh. He requested us to fax over my medical reports from the vet and to rush me to his clinic.
Upon reaching Dr Oh’s clinic, I was given a physical examination, followed by my first acupuncture session. It was painful when Dr Oh poked the needles in certain areas, especially points near my liver. I yelped but I need to be brave to fight my illness. Surprisingly, during the acupuncture session, my tail was able to regain some movement and wag!
“This was the pitiful me at Dr Oh’s clinic undergoing acupuncture for the first time. I was rushed there after being discharged from the hospital still with my bandages and urine cathedra on…”
After the acupuncture, I was given 3 big bottles of powdered medicine to take twice daily and advised to come back for acupuncture once every 3 days.
Improvements could immediately be seen the next day. I could actually feel some sensation in my paws when my human family tickled my paws. I actually moved my paws!
Fearing that I would need long period of time to recuperate, my human family rented a set of doggie wheels for me so that I could still go downstairs for my daily walks and also to pee and poo.
“That was me on my wheels.”
At first, I wasn’t very confident wheeling myself around whilst dragging my two hind legs. But slowly, I learnt to overcome the difficulties and could actually reverse and u-turn to my likings.
However, that set of wheels need not last very long as I was able to walk a few wobbly steps after the second acupuncture.
My human family had been diligently bringing me to see Dr Oh every 3 to 4 days. Improvements could be seen after every session with him. After 10 days and 3 sessions of acupuncture, I can actually walk without my wheels anymore! I am slowly regaining back to my old self.
Below is the video of me on my walk 10 days after my first acupuncture session.
“The happy me on 12 July 2016.
See how happy I am to be able to regain my strength in my two hind legs!
I am able to walk and even do the occasional skips and little runs which my Daddy forbids.”
“This is me on 13th July 2016 at my regular acupuncture session. This is my 5th acupuncture session.”
Every session of acupuncture treatment is a miracle in itself! I do experience great improvements after every session and even Dr Oh said that my case was a miracle! My jaundice had subsided and I can walk just after less than 2 weeks!
I was very lucky that my human family found Dr Oh and did not make the foolish and irreversible decision of having me undergo surgery. If not, I do not know whether I am still alive today.
Thank you Dr Oh for your patience and your amazing acupuncture skills! Many doggies and animals have indeed benefited from your treatments and I am one of those that you had saved! No words can truly describe the gratefulness that my human family had towards you for saving this little life of mine!