Visiting A New Doctor’s Office

Queen Natasha visited a new doctor’s office yesterday. We will be exploring acupuncture for pain management, but yesterday was about exploring the office.

The receptionist offered a greeting at the new doctor's office.

The receptionist offered a greeting.

In her last physical examination with our vet, we discussed Natasha’s pain management for her arthritis. Laser treatments and pharmaceuticals have produced great results so far. But, we discussed other possibilities to see what we should consider. Yesterday, we visited a specialist in pain management for animals.

This is the quietest cat I have ever met.

This is the quietest cat I have ever met.

The exam room was quite large and comfortable. But Natasha’s favorite feature may have been the glass door. She enjoyed seeing, if not meeting, other patients.

Hey, fellow canine patient!

Hey, fellow canine patient!

We discussed several alternatives and Hu-Dad learned a couple of massage techniques to do at home. Natasha will enjoy demanding massages under the pretense of medical need.

We also decided to start with acupuncture. We started with a small initial treatment and will visit next week for another round. Natasha did great with the treatment, though her favorite part was receiving a treat with each needle. Considering that the appointment made us late for dinner, the treats were welcomed.

This poor guy's dinner was really late.

This poor guy’s dinner was extremely late.

We will update in a later post about the effectiveness of acupuncture.


  1. The Ao4 on July 27, 2016 at 10:41 am

    We sure hope this gives you relief from the pain, Natasha!

  2. Lori on July 27, 2016 at 7:57 am

    I have my paws crossed for this acupuncture to be a big help to you Queen Natasha!! Big hugs sweetheart ❤️

  3. KJ Pierson on July 27, 2016 at 5:48 am

    That’s what happens when human pets don’t listen to their canine overlords, they starve!

  4. Mom, Ebby 'n Ice on July 27, 2016 at 4:14 am

    Mom sez: I have asked Ice ‘n Ebby’s doctor about canine acupuncture, and he says he’s working towards that end, but not available at the local vet clinic yet.

    • The Thundering Herd on July 27, 2016 at 6:28 am

      We are fortunate that our vet knew and referred us to a specialist practice that focuses just on pain management.

  5. carol donahue on July 27, 2016 at 4:01 am

    Nico received acupuncture as well as massages for his very painful arthritis. The massages were what really helped and he would go “ahhh” during them and then fall asleep. My Fluff Bug crossed the rainbow bridge 3 weeks ago and of course tears are welling up as I write this. Nico was on his last days at a high kill shelter……old, health problems… one wanted him, not even the family who turned him in. He didn’t have a mean bone is his body and was pure love. Thank you for rescuing so many of your furbabies. Natasha, feel better soon and give your Hu-Dad a huge sloppy kiss and furry hug. Know that you are loved very much!!

    • The Thundering Herd on July 27, 2016 at 6:28 am

      So sorry about the loss of Nico, but we are sure he appreciated the opportunity to live out his senior time in a loving family. We rescues just took a little while to find the right homes.

      • carol donahue on July 29, 2016 at 4:09 am

        Awww, thanks. Each dog brings something very special into our lives……like Typhoon!

    • carolyn rogers on July 27, 2016 at 8:37 am

      Nico was so happy in his last days, I am sure of it!

      • carol donahue on July 29, 2016 at 4:02 am

        More footprints on my heart. Thank you so much for commenting as it truly means a lot.

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