I woke up because she kept jumping on and off the bed. She does this sometimes, so I just figured she was trying to get comfortable and went back to sleep. But she wouldn't stop doing it, so I started watching her more closely.
For two hours, she jumped on the bed, laid down, got up a few seconds later, jumped down, laid down, got up a few seconds later... she would not stay in one spot for more than a few seconds. She finally fell asleep - I think from exhaustion - but she didn't look very comfortable. So I took her to the vet. She needed her ear recheck anyways, and this was some really unusual behavior.
Shiner's vet thought that she may have some back pain and decided to prescribe a few medications. She also offered acupuncture. She is working on her acupuncture certification and I figured it couldn't hurt to try.
Shiner has never had acupuncture before, but did really well for it. The vet inserted a few tiny needles in various places all over her body. Shiner was allowed to walk around the exam room with the acupuncture needles. After about 10 minutes, the vet removed the needles.
Thankfully, Shiner hasn't done the weird restless behavior again since that day.
Did the acupuncture work? I think it did. While Shiner was supposed to have taken her pain medication longer, I stopped giving some of it shortly after our visit because she seemed completely normal. In fact, for a few days after she received the acupuncture she seemed a bit more energetic and brighter than usual.
Acupuncture is something I would definitely let Shiner have again! I am glad she is back to normal now and hoping she doesn't act up again.
Has your pet ever had acupuncture before? Do you think it helped them?