Animal Doctor

Animal Doctor: Sound Waves Can Be Sound Therapy for Arthritic Pets

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Dear Dr. Fox:

In regard to your column on arthritis, I wanted to let you know about the wonderful success we have had with shock wave therapy.

My 12-year-old female miniature schnauzer has arthritis in her hips. She saw our veterinarian and was on many medications, but they didn't seem to help much.

She wanted to go for walks, but it was very difficult to watch her fall and barely be able to get back up. She walked with her hind legs crossing over, as though intoxicated. At night, she was in so much pain that I called my vet several times to ask whether he thought I needed to put her to sleep.

Before taking that drastic step, I decided on a second opinion from another vet. She had figured out what was wrong with my horse when no one else could.

She said she'd like to try shock wave therapy on my dog's hips. We had three treatments, two weeks apart. A year later, she walks and runs like a 2-year-old, with no sign of pain or stiffness. She has been off all medications since her treatments.

I am delighted that I didn't lose her, and I hope to have her several more years. She acts like a youngster now, and it is so wonderful to see her trotting along. I have not found anything about these treatments that caused harm, and I tell everyone with an arthritic dog about our success.



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