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These are stories shared by my patients. I hope they inspire you to try a new approach to healing, one that improves the quality of life for your loyal companions. May we all find balance and health until the end of our days.

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Daisy - 10 year old - Cervical Disk Disease and Neck Pain

posted May 31, 2018, 7:29 AM by Rebecca Fraser-Hand   [ updated May 31, 2018, 7:31 AM ]

A little over 3 months ago, my 10 year old pitbull Daisy slipped a disc in the cervical spine region. This is a chronic problem she has had for years but this time was far, far worse than we've ever seen her. She could barely walk, barely move her head, and was starting to lose nerve sensation in her right foot. After a month of drug therapy and rest with no real improvement, my vet recommended we try acupuncture before pursuing spinal surgery. I was skeptical, but willing to try anything that might give my girl some relief. Dr Fraser was optimistic from the start that we could get Daisy up and walking pain-free with a few treatments and herbal supplements. After all, she's 10 years old. I didn't need her to be able to complete an agility course, just be able to get around comfortably. She showed improvement after her first treatment and improved more and more with each additional session. She had a setback when she started feeling better and thinking she could do more than she could, but we got her back on track and now she is up walking, running (!), and climbing stairs again. I'm so grateful for Dr Fraser and her gentle expertise. She saved my dog from months of pain and depression, and me thousands of dollars in potential surgical costs. I'm an acupuncture believer!  

Nikki - 11 years old - IVDD with neck pain

posted Apr 20, 2015, 9:42 AM by Rebecca Fraser-Hand   [ updated Apr 20, 2015, 9:47 AM ]

In 2013 my 10 yr old miniature dachshund Nikki was suffering with mineralization in her neck.  This is something that won't go away on it's own and I didn't want to put her through surgery.  She had reached a point where she couldn't turn her head from left to right or up and down because of the pain.  One weekend she was in so much pain that her body trembled.  I reached the point where I thought putting her down was the best answer.  Dr. Fraser suggested acupuncture and I thought why not.  She made a plan for up to 6 treatments and after only 2 we saw results that were just amazing.  Nikki was able to move her head in a normal fashion and she showed no signs of pain.  Dr. Fraser also recommended an herbal supplement along with the acupuncture.  Nikki will be 12 years old in December and she's doing great.  She's full of spunk, has great mobility in her neck and acts like a much younger dog.  
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Penny - 10 years old - Chronic Kidney Failure

posted Mar 20, 2015, 12:31 PM by Rebecca Fraser-Hand   [ updated Apr 20, 2015, 9:53 AM ]

My cat Penny was diagnosed with kidney failure.  Dr. Fraser began acupuncture treatments along with Chinese herbs that I put in Penny's food twice a day.  The acupuncture treatments are done in the comfort of my home which eliminates the stress associated with a trip to the Vet hospital.  Within a short time blood work and my own observations showed a marked improvement. Penny is back to being a "happy cat" thanks to Dr. Fraser's gentle and caring approach to treating her patients and her skill as veterinary acupuncturist.

Coblyn - 9 year old - Cranial Cruciate Ligament Injury

posted Mar 20, 2015, 12:29 PM by Rebecca Fraser-Hand   [ updated Apr 20, 2015, 9:54 AM ]

Coblyn, my Pembroke Welsh Corgi, had been diagnosed at the Fullerton Animal Hospital here in Baltimore with front paw arthritis a few months ago, and the staff at the clinic were so helpful and friendly. When I brought Coblyn back in for a limp on her hind leg, I expected a similar diagnosis. Dr. Fraser took a much more in-depth look and provided an x-ray on her knee to show very plainly what what going on. She said that it wasn't arthritis, but a torn tendon/ligament on her knee, which was not too uncommon, and could definitely be treated. Surgery was the first option, but I dreaded the cost and post-op care of it. She then suggested acupuncture and holistic herbal therapy for my little girl. Having been a patient of acupuncture myself, I decided to give it a try. Within days, Coblyn was looking and seeming much better, and she was up to her old friendly, chipper self! And through all 4 sessions (that's all Coblyn needed!), Dr. Fraser was very keen to point out exactly everything that was going on, how everything worked, and how exactly all of this was helping her. Even Coblyn herself was getting used to the idea of needles going into her skin and being hooked up to a small electrical current... She doesn't even like thunder! Thank you, Dr. Fraser, for your amazing talents and skills, and for providing comfort and reassurance every step of the way. I truly feel like Coblyn is in the best hands ever, and I won't settle for any other vet to take care of my little furry friend.

Shortie - 8 yrs old - Intervertebral Disk Disease

posted Oct 14, 2013, 1:15 PM by Rebecca Fraser-Hand   [ updated Oct 14, 2013, 1:20 PM ]

In June, 2013 my adorable Brussels Griffon (Shortie) now 8 was diagnosed with Intervertebral Disk Disease.  This seemed to be an overnight condition with no forewarning.  Shortie was in a lot of pain, barely ate and certainly could not do the things she could do before.  She was prescribed a steroid and some pain medication; I had to keep her in a comfortable pen for three weeks on complete bed rest.  I've had a Pet Insurance policy through Healthy Paws since 2010, this is the first time I had to submit a claim.  I started to explore the policy and found that it covers alternative therapies such as Acupuncture.  I honestly would not have known that acupuncture is available for animals.  Through my research I found Dr. Becky Fraser to treat Shortie with acupuncture sessions.  She has had five treatments and is responding extremely well.  She is no longer dragging her back leg during normal activities.  I have now transferred Shortie to Dr. Fraser for well and sick care going forward.  I would highly recommend acupuncture treatment if your pet is sick or injured, and I would recommend Dr Fraser to administer the treatment.  She is a caring vet who not only comforts the animal, but does a very good job of explaining all aspects of the disease or injury to help the owner understand how acupuncture will help.  I am a believer now based on Shortie's recovery.  Thank you Dr. Fraser for your help, Shortie is acting like herself again.

Gus - 12.5 years old - Dr. Fraser's Dog

posted Sep 9, 2013, 11:41 AM by Rebecca Fraser-Hand   [ updated Sep 14, 2013, 1:32 PM ]

Cancer, Hind End Weakness, Incontinence, Arthritis

Treatment: Routine Acupuncture, Several Herbal Formulations, Diet Therapy

Outcome:  Gus was my very first acupuncture patient and has had an unbelievable response to treatment.  I started treating him in the Fall of 2012 for his arthritis and weakness.  This past February I found a large lung mass that we presume to be cancer.  Due to it's location, we did not biopsy it.  I immediately started treating him for cancer and so far he has never acted sick from the mass.  As he ages we find new ailments, such as incontinence, that get added to his treatment plan.  Our goal is to keep him happy with a good quality of life.  So far our goals are being met without the use of routine prescription medication.  Not bad for an old boxer!

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