When Luca was adopted, her human family never guessed that anything might be amiss with their adorable puppy.
But as she grew, it became evident that something was wrong when she started having trouble walking.
Eventually, Luca was diagnosed with intervertebral disc disease (IVDD), which causes compression of the spinal discs and nerves, causing pain and paralysis.
She ended up having neurosurgery, and afterwards, had to relearn how to use her hind legs. Luca was weak, listless, and unable to walk and play on her own.
So her owners decided to try something a little different to boost her health.
They opted for acupuncture.
Acupuncture is a medicinal practice started thousands of years ago in China, and involves stimulating certain points on the body to promote health. It’s the same idea behind acupressure, which involves pressing on those special points.
Acupuncture, though, actually involves poking the skin with tiny needles. But it doesn’t hurt, and many people swear by it.
And just like it works on humans, it works on dogs, too, and Luca and her humans learned firsthand!
[H/T: The Dodo]