I would like to share a story about 2 pets we have taken to Dr. Nell in the past year. Our older yellow lab, Rosie, lost her brother to bone cancer. She really missed him and was also extra vigilant and worried about doing the “guard dog” job alone, especially following a week long hospitalization of one of our teenager. During the time our daughter was gone, Rosie was extremely stressed about “losing” her. She began to lick “worry spots” on her paws and other areas. We knew it wasn’t a reaction to diet, as she’d never done this before except years earlier during a time that our home was being remodeled. Dr. Nell was highly recommended to us from someone who shares our natural health philosophy. Rosie felt immediately at home in the office. She was so comfortable with Dr. Nell that she let her put several acupuncture needles into her. There was such a transformation at the end of one session that our son told me we’d brought home a different dog!
Since we’d had such a great experience with this, we brought our 8 year old cat, Max, in to see her this December. He’d seemed to have gotten into a fight (we later figured out that he might have been picked up by an owl and then dropped, as he is a very big boy!). He had a sore place on his head that was healing, but mostly he was terrified. He was hiding all over the house. He didn’t want anyone to see him. He would eventually snuggle with our son, but rather than the happy confident cat he had formerly been, he just lay like a big furry lump on our son. He was so scared that he was acting like a real zombie; he walked into furniture and onto our dog, as if he wasn’t seeing. We thought he might have optic nerve damage. We took him to see Dr. Nell. She gave him 3 acupuncture treatments, an adrenal tonic, and some flower essences. After the 3rd one, he was back to his old sassy self. He is now a very cuddly but independent old lover boy, just like he always was.
We have since recommended her care to many other people. Both my husband and myself are natural health care practitioners and it is really comforting to find someone who can do for animals what we might do for people. – Jo Ellen