Welcome to Acupuncture in Practice! Today I would like to share a message sent to me by a long time client that I feel embodies the benefits of Integrative Medicine.

“Hi Lombard Friends – This morning we made the difficult decision to say goodbye to Pooka. I am so grateful to all of you for all the wonderful care you gave him. When we first came to Dr. Nell for acupuncture and feeding advice (4 years ago) I was really concerned that back pain was going to cut his life short. I credit your help with the happy and relatively comfortable old age that Pooka has enjoyed. So thanks so much to the entire wonderful team. I have attached a photo of a very old Pooka still enjoying playtime.” (Caption: Sept. 5, 2002 – June 25, 2018. Best Boy Ever.) 


Working with Pooka over the years was a rewarding learning process. He taught me how to assess multiple problems and patterns that would arise in addition to his main concern, arthritis. With our beloved senior pets, it is important to realize we must pay attention to the details and “redesign” our acupuncture point prescriptions in order to meet their dynamic needs.

Thank you Pooka!

This post was created by Nell Ostermeier, DVM, CVA (IVAS) and is intended for informational use, not to replace medical advice.