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Case Studies

Jaeger

Jaeger looking happy and wellJaeger, a 7yo German Shepherd, came to us with intractable itches in December 2015. He had started itching at 18 weeks, and also his bowel did not work well and diarrhoea was frequent. Jaeger was never hungry and often he would not feel like eating for days. His back legs were not strong and he walked dragging his toes.

He had been on various antibiotics plus Atopica (cyclosporin) for a year before coming to us, with intermittent cortisone as well, but the problems persisted.

After 6 weeks of acupuncture and herbs Jaeger was much improved. He has now gone 12 months without complaining of gut dysfunction or itching. Jaeger has acupuncture about every month. He is happy, more active and eats readily, and now needs only a few generic herbs.

See the article on antibiotics.

Henri

Henri has laser therapyHenri had extensive hip surgery (a double pelvic osteotomy) at a specialist centre in February 2017, followed by intensive physiotherapy.

He was brought to East West Vets in March for a second opinion, because he was not healing well and his recovery was slower than expected. His gait was weak on one side and he was dragging his toes. His bowels were functioning poorly, possibly due to the high doses of NSAIDS prescribed after the surgery, and Henri’s owners reported him being unusually restless and very anxious.

We replaced Henri’s NSAIDs with a more natural anti-inflammatory (Glucosamine with boswelia and bromelia, plus MSM) and commenced fortnightly Laser Therapy. His owners were delighted to see an immediate improvement in Henri’s movement, and further improvements over the remaining 3 months of the therapy. He now receives a monthly top-up Laser session. and has MSM sprinkled daily on his food.

Henri really enjoys his laser therapy and his owners say there is a very visible increase in flexibility for the days following laser treatment.

Henri was reviewed in October by his surgeon, who commented that Henri was doing very well. Not only has Henri’s movement significantly improved, but his owners have noticed a complete change in his behaviour. He is now a calm and happy dog who loves going for his walks.

See the articles on Laser Therapy and NSAIDs.