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Sophie

Name: Sophie
Breed: Labrador Retriever Mix
Sex: Female, Spayed
Weight: 16.4 lbs
DOB/Age: 7/18/1997

History
Sophie had a history of arthritis in her elbows and hips. Owner was concerned about her mobility.

Presenting Problems
Radiographic evidence of degenerative joint disease in elbows and hips bilaterally.

Condition / Diagnosis / Findings
Difficulty rising from a sit position. Wide base stance in the back. Mild abduction of both hind legs during cranial phase of walk. Decreased range of motion in both elbows and hips. Pain upon extension of hips bilaterally.

Therapy goals
Decrease pain; improve mobility and quality of life.

Course of Therapy
Pulsed Signal Therapy with our stationary unit. Therapy consisted of nine 30 minute PST sessions focused on her hips.

Progress
At the 8 week post-PST examination Sophie appeared to be moving much better. Although still slow upon rising, she is much improved, but still shows mild tenderness upon extension of both hips.

Owner Comment
"Sophie stayed with her ‘grandparents’ for the first time since her treatments and they couldn't believe how much improved her movements were. She went up and downstairs easily, got up on the bed and couch easily, and overall was more playful and active. They said her previous visits were much more sedate; she would just lie around. They really saw how much she's improved. She continues to be more active and attentive."


Muffy

Name: Muffy
Breed: Domestic Shorthair (feline)
Sex: Female, Spayed
Weight: 8.5 lbs
DOB/Age: 3/6/1997

History
Muffy presented on 8/2/2010 with chronic pancreatitis diagnosed via ultrasound. Muffy has a past history of vomiting, lethargy, decreased appetite, and polydipsia. Muffy's owners also noted a feathered hair coat when not feeling well, a tender abdomen, and seeking warm places to hide. Muffy receives 100 ml LRS sq once a day, Cyproheptadine prn and eats a grain free/low fat diet.

Presenting Problems
Pancreatitis with vomiting, tender abdomen

Condition / Diagnosis / Findings
Pancreatitis w/ tender abdomen

Therapy goals
Owner looking to decrease pancreatitis symptoms and have Muffy feel more comfortable through treatment with Acupuncture, Chiropractic, and Laser IV therapy.

Course of Therapy
In-clinic therapy initiated with Laser IV therapy to the pancreas area of the abdomen 2 times per week for 6 treatments, once a week for several sessions, and then progressed to bi-monthly treatments. In addition, Acupuncture and Chiropractic therapy were scheduled every 4-6 weeks.

Progress Evaluation
Muffy is responding well to her current therapy and signs of pancreatitis have lessened. Episodes of vomiting are infrequent now. Muffy has less discomfort/tenderness upon abdominal palpation, and less pain. Ultrasound revealed no areas of inflammation on her pancreas.

Progress to Date
Muffy continues to receive Laser IV therapy every 10-14 days, depending on signs/symptoms of her pancreatitis. Muffy also receives Acupuncture/Chiropractic every 4-6 weeks. We are pleased with the progress that Muffy has made and continues to maintain. Muffy's owner is pleased that episodes of vomiting are currently infrequent and that she is more comfortable in her abdomen and back. Muffy's owner also notes that her hair coat is smoother without a feathered appearance, and she is eating well on a daily basis.