Continuing our focus on alternative therapies (absolutely fascinating indeed!), let's talk about Wally, a Pembroke Welsh Corgi living in Emeryville, CA. Wally's mom, Carol, told us about Wally's acupuncture and hydrotherapy treatments.
In Carol's words:
In 2009, I noticed that Wally had difficulty going from a sitting to standing position. Sometimes he wouldn't even fully get up and just drag his body with his front two legs. I took him to see a vet neurologist. After an MRI scan, the vet neurologist had no idea what was wrong with Wally and referred him to a vet orthopedic specialist.
The vet orthopedic specialist examined Wally and concluded that Wally had partial tears in ACL in both hind legs. He said that the TPLO surgery would be the best option. I was not keen on surgery being the only solution.
I went for a second opinion with a different vet orthopedic specialist and a different vet neurologist. Both stated that the TPLO surgery would not have solved Wally's issue as Wally also suffered from a sore back. They suggested that I try an alternative method of treatment consisting of hydrotherapy and acupuncture.
Since 2009 to present, Wally receives regular acupuncture treatments and attends hydrotherapy sessions for all his physical ailments. Wally no longer drags his hind legs and the alternative therapies have improved his back soreness so that he is able to be as mobile as any other dog.
Here is a summary of Wally's claims since 2009.
|11/25/2008||rolled down hill, difficulty standing,||780.00||398.70|
|2/12/2009||difficulty standing up after fall||120.00||108.00|
|3/31/2009||Exam for Episodic Paraparesis||568.00||506.70|
|4/9/2009||Episodic Paraparesis & MRI Procedure||603.00||542.70|
|5/6/2009||Pre-Surgical Exam Cruciate Ligament||273.00||245.70|
|5/26/2009||Lumbar Hyper Extension||70.00||0.00|
|11/24/2010||Fell, Sore Back||65.00||0.00|
|12/4/2010||Fell, Sore Back||65.00||0.00|
|2/19/2011||Acupuncture for Neck Tension||65.00||57.60|
|4/16/2011||Acupuncture for Neck Tension||65.00||58.50|
|5/7/2011||Acunpuncture for Neck Tension||65.00||58.50|
|5/28/2011||Acupuncture for Neck Tension||100.00||0.00|
|6/2/2011||Acupuncture for Neck Tension||215.00||13.50|
Wally's policy has a $500 annual deductible so that's why you see some claims without payout - the claim went towards the deductible. For more information on the Embrace site, see our claim story "Corgi uses alternative therapies"
Has your dog or cat had acupuncture or hydrotherapy successfully instead of surgery?
July is Alternative Treatment Month at Embrace Pet Insurance
Guest Post: Acupuncture for Pets - a safe modality for pain management
Claim example: Wally regains his mobility through acupuncture and hydrotherapy
Claim Example: chiropractic treatment for Tygon the greyhound