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Anxiety and Chronic Periocular Excoriation in a 10 Year Old Cat

Written by a CuraCore Veterinary Medical Acupuncture course graduate. Signed release obtained from client/author. 10S2018027 Abstract: This case report describes Mike, a 10 year old (presumed), male neutered cat. He lives with two other cats and uses an enclosed catio...

Myofascial Pain Syndrome and DJD in a 11 Year Old Siberian Husky

Written by a CuraCore Veterinary Medical Acupuncture course graduate. Signed release obtained from client/author. 10D2018026 Abstract: A dog experiencing night time anxiety and restlessness, as well as occasional left thoracic limb and right pelvic limb lameness...

Myofascial Pain and Stiffness in a 19 Year Old Welsh Arabian

Written by a CuraCore Veterinary Medical Acupuncture course graduate. Signed release obtained from client/author. 10D2018026 Abstract: A pony with a history of recurrent laminitis and now experiencing general malaise, low head carriage, and front limb lameness was...

Myofascial Pain in a 9 Year Old Warmblood

Written by a CuraCore Veterinary Medical Acupuncture course graduate. Signed release obtained from client/author. 10L2018025 Abstract Poor performance is a common complaint in our horses. Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) pain and neck pain, particularly poll pain can be...

Forelimb Lameness in a 9 Year Old Border Collie

Written by a CuraCore Veterinary Medical Acupuncture course graduate. Signed release obtained from client/author. 10S2018024 Abstract REASONS FOR PERFORMING CASE STUDY: To evaluate if the suspected observed sequelae to the initial medial shoulder instability could be...

Cranial Cruciate Disease in a 7 Year Old Terrier Mix Breed

Written by a CuraCore Veterinary Medical Acupuncture course graduate. Signed release obtained from client/author. 4D2018051053 Abstract: Zeb is a 7 year old terrier cross that has been previously diagnosed with bilateral cranial cruciate disease. No medications or...

Laminitis in a 18 Year Old Quarter Horse

Written by a CuraCore Veterinary Medical Acupuncture course graduate. Signed release obtained from client/author. 4D2018053 Abstract: Scooter is an 18 year old gelding who was being managed for chronic bilateral forelimb laminitis. He was managed on...

Rear Limb Weakness in a 14 Year Old Dog

Written by a CuraCore Veterinary Medical Acupuncture course graduate. Signed release obtained from client/author. 10D2018023 Abstract: Kasey is a 14 year old dog that has been having weakness and stiffness for the past year. I used dry needling acupuncture and laser...

Arthritis in a 14 Year Old Pygmy Goat

Written by a CuraCore Veterinary Medical Acupuncture course graduate. Signed release obtained from client/author. 10D2018023 Abstract: Sasha is a 14 year old pygmy goat that has been dealing with arthritis in both her front limbs for 4 years. She has been on meloxicam...

Degenerative Myelopathy in an 11 year Old German Shepherd

Written by a CuraCore Veterinary Medical Acupuncture course graduate. Signed release obtained from client/author. 10D2018022 Abstract: An 11-year-old spayed female German Shepherd dog presented with asymmetrical, slowly progressive paresis of the hind limbs, worse in...

Osteoarthritis in a 11 Year Old Beagle

Written by a CuraCore Veterinary Medical Acupuncture course graduate. Signed release obtained from client/author. 4S2018051 Abstract: An 11 year old Beagle presented for acupuncture for chronic osteoarthritis and suspect intervertebral disc disease. Over an almost...

Pain and Muscle Strain in a 3 1/2 Year Old Great Dane Mix

Written by a CuraCore Veterinary Medical Acupuncture course graduate. Signed release obtained from client/author. 4S2018050 Abstract: Chevy is a young dog who lost the ability to jump into his owner’s car and was always painful after playing. The owner wanted to see...

Tarsal Injury and Skin Damage in a 3 Year Old Mixed Breed Dog

Written by a CuraCore Medical Acupuncture for Veterinarians course graduate. Signed release obtained from client/author. 10D2018021 Abstract: This case report describes a dog that suffered a tarsal injury with subsequent surgical correction, rehabilitation, and...

Pain and Myofascial Discomfort in an 18 Year Old Percheron Cross

Written by a CuraCore Veterinary Medical Acupuncture class graduate. Signed release obtained from client/author. 10D2018021 Abstract: This case report describes an older horse with a history of sport and traumatic-related, chronic myofascial changes and discomfort....

Back Pain in a 21 Year Old Quarter Horse

Written by a CuraCore Veterinary Medical Acupuncture courses graduate. Signed release obtained from client/author. 4L2018049 Abstract: Cactus is a 21-year-old, Quarter Horse gelding who presented for acupuncture treatments. Cactus was an active western performance...

“Veterinary Medical Acupuncture” — Is That New?

Dr. Robinson: I'm hearing more about "veterinary medical acupuncture", and I'd like to learn more about its origins as I explore various continuing education programs.  Can you help me?  I'm a veterinarian seeking to learn how to perform acupuncture but I don't want...

Discussing the Benefits of Cannabis vs. Opioids

Join Dr. Narda Robinson as she discusses the opioid epidemic our nation is facing and why it’s time to start considering alternatives. Dr. Robinson also discusses alternative treatments, such as acupuncture and massage.

You Asked: “Is It Time for My Family to Go Vegan?”

Dear Dr. Narda ~I'm growing more and more concerned about the quality of the food I feed my family (including my husband and two teenage daughters).  Up until now, the mainstay of our protein intake has been chicken because of health concerns about beef and fish....

You Asked: Cat Chiropractic?

Dr. Narda, I just read an article in an integrative medicine journal that promoted cat chiropractic.  My own cat has been slowing down -- less willing to jump, grouchy when I pet her back, sometimes peeing outside the litter box -- and I wonder if this could...

You Asked: Is Laser Therapy Contraindicated in Epileptic Patients?

Dear Dr. Narda, I am a veterinarian and I practice medical acupuncture as well as photomedicine.  One of my instructors in rehabilitation said that laser therapy is contraindicated in epileptic patients.  Do you agree?  I have a post-operative patient who just had a...

Which Course of Instruction in Veterinary Botanical Medicine?

Dear Dr. Narda, I am interested in the botanical medicine course that you offer. Can you please tell me what the difference is between the CuraCore course and other herbal programs? I am interested in the science-based approach and have little interest in...

Can I Do Tai Chi with a Chronic Ankle Injury?

You Asked:  Can I study Tai Ji if I have an ankle weakened from a break that happened years ago? I can't put 100% weight on it.  Thank you!   Signed ~ Hopeful but Cautious Dear Hopeful but Cautious: While Tai Chi is a form of exercise that some doctors will actually...

Stiff Arthritic Gait

Written by a Medical Acupuncture for Veterinarians Course Graduate. Author’s name available upon request. Signed release obtained from client/author. Abstract This case study examines a geriatric pony receiving his first acupuncture session. He was treated for chronic...

Extreme Neck Pain

Written by a Medical Acupuncture for Veterinarians Course Graduate. Author’s name available upon request. Signed release obtained from client/author/4913. Abstract Mira, a 10-year-old spayed female Chinese Crested dog presented to Southern Ontario Animal...

Chronic Osteoarthritis

Written by a Medical Acupuncture for Veterinarians Course Graduate. Author’s name available upon request. Signed release obtained from client/author/4914. Abstract This case study focuses on using dry needling acupuncture for pain control in a geriatric canine patient...

Cranial Cruciate Rupture

Written by a Medical Acupuncture for Veterinarians Course Graduate. Author’s name available upon request. Signed release obtained from client/author/4915. Abstract Acupuncture was included as the primary modality in the medical management of a patient with cranial...

Union Pet Hospital – Leah Miller, DVM, cVMA

  “My first passion in life was horses. I started working as a technician at Union Pet Hospital and soon developed my next passion in life – veterinary medicine.” This month, we are putting the spotlight on Leah Miller. She works at Union Pet Hospital, which is...

Pain After Amputation

Written by a Medical Acupuncture for Veterinarians Course Graduate. Author’s name available upon request. Signed release obtained from client/author. Abstract Blue is a two-year-old neutered male domestic shorthaired cat. He is feline hindlimb amputee who subsequently...

Spondylosis Deformans

Written by a Medical Acupuncture for Veterinarians Course Graduate. Author’s name available upon request. Signed release obtained from client/author/4917. Abstract This case report describes the use of acupuncture to manage pain in Twila, a 10-year-old female spayed...

Respiratory Tract Infection

Written by a Medical Acupuncture for Veterinarians Course Graduate. Author’s name available upon request. Signed release obtained from client/author/4917. Abstract Acupuncture has been used in humans to help treat upper respiratory tract infections (URTI). This case...

Back Pain Points

Written by a Medical Acupuncture for Veterinarians Course Graduate. Author’s name available upon request. Signed release obtained from client/author/4918. Abstract Griffin, an almost 12-year-old castrated male Cairn terrier weighing 17lbs, presented for acupuncture...

Osteoarthritis & Chronic Pain

Written by a Medical Acupuncture for Veterinarians Course Graduate. Author’s name available upon request. Signed release obtained from client/author. Abstract Georgia is a 12.5-year-old spayed female American Staffordshire terrier/mixed breed dog with chronic pain due...

Achilles Tendon Problems

Written by a Medical Acupuncture for Veterinarians Course Graduate. Author’s name available upon request. Signed release obtained from client/author/4920. Abstract A nine-year-old male neutered Labrador Retriever named Tucker presented for acupuncture following...

Pain After Blunt Trauma

Written by a Medical Acupuncture for Veterinarians Course Graduate. Author’s name available upon request. Signed release obtained from client/author/4921. Case Description Lukey is a 6-year-old Chihuahua that presented for acute onset of cervical pain after sustaining...

You Asked: “Is Strychnos Strychnine?”

  Narda G. Robinson, DO, DVM, MS, FAAMA is the President and CEO of CuraCore Integrative Medicine & Education Center. She educates veterinary and human healthcare professionals on the practice and philosophy of scientific integrative medicine.  Dear Dr. Narda, I’m...

You Asked: “Is Acupuncture ‘Energy Medicine'”?

The Chinese word “qi”, or “chi”, literally means “air” or “breath” – not energy. The notion that acupuncture moves energy arose from a mistranslation of qi into the word energy in the early 20th century.

Lesson Horse with Back Pain

Written by a Medical Acupuncture for Veterinarians Course Graduate. Author’s name available upon request. Signed release obtained from client/author/4922. Abstract Back pain is relatively common in riding horses. Underlying etiology may be due to vertebral...

Pain/Anxiety with Brachycephalic Syndrome

Written by a Medical Acupuncture for Veterinarians Course Graduate. Author’s name available upon request. Signed release obtained from client/author. Abstract A patient was presented for acupuncture treatment for presumed lameness after frequent stopping while hiking....

Osteoarthritis with Anterior Cruciate Repair

Written by a Medical Acupuncture for Veterinarians Course Graduate. Author’s name available upon request. Signed release obtained from client/author/4923. Click to watch video: Zoe prior to 1st session Abstract Osteoarthritis is characterized by many joint changes,...

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Frequently Asked Questions about Cannabis for Canines

Confused about hemp for dogs? You’re not alone. The state of affairs around cannabis for companion animals might be summarized as, “If you’re not confused, you’re not asking enough questions.” One can purchase a variety of hemp-based products, from ingestible oils to...

Here’s Why Your Doctor Should Know about Botanical Medicine

Despite the growing popularity of herbs,[1] it is astounding how few healthcare practitioners and consumers understand the mechanisms, indications, and risks of plant-based medicines. Healthcare practitioners and students often lack answers to questions like, “Can you...

Gold Bead Implants — Medicine or Malpractice?

Acupuncture complications occur rarely but do happen.[1] [2]    Reviews of risks in humans point disdainfully to permanent needle embedding, stating, “Despite the fact that such Japanese techniques involving permanent needle retention are neither taught nor practiced...

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