Our dog Pippa is a 12 year old cross breed. She began treatment in May 2012 for degenerative joint disease (DJD) as she was showing signs of arthritic changes in her front paws. She was limping quite noticeably on her right front paw, and both front "wrist" joints were swollen and knobbly.
She has been treated with tablets (Synoquin) which have made a great difference, but as she is now getting older, we have noticed that lately, in the last few months or so, she has been a lot less fluid in her movements and could no longer jump up into the car or onto the sofa for cuddles!
She appeared quite stiff in her legs if she had been lying down for any length of time, and a few weeks ago I was very surprised when one morning she refused to go to the park.
About four weeks ago we had to take her to see Luc as she was very unlucky to get stung on the eye by a wasp whilst she was out in the garden.
Luc asked us how she was getting along, as usually she only goes to see him for her booster jabs, so I mentioned that she appeared to be slowing down and was moving more stiffly.
He told us about the new lazer treatment which would soon be available to treat these symptoms and so we decided to book Pippa in to try it. If it would alleviate any discomfort and improve her quality of life then I felt we must give it a go.
She began the treatments on 21st October, two sessions a week for 3 weeks and the maintenance sessions, 1 a week reducing to every 2 weeks if improvements seen.
After the first two sessions we noticed that she was standing much taller on her hind legs and was moving much more freely.
She continued to improve during the next four sessions and is now on the maintenance course.
She is much happier, wants to play ball, wants to go to the park, and indeed last week she met her favourite doggy friend there and managed to have a little play time with him, which she enjoyed greatly!
She can now get on the sofa for cuddles ( I'm usually squashed up in the corner) and is a much, much happier dog.
She is still an old lady, and won't be running a marathon any time soon, but the treatment has undoubtedly made a huge difference to her comfort and quality of life.
Pippa is quite a nervous dog, and like most dogs doesn't like going to the vets, but the treatment is non invasive, causes them no discomfort and only takes about 15 to 20 minutes per session.
The staff at the surgery are all very kind and lovely with the animals. We have been going to this practice since 1977 and have always had great confidence in them to do the best for our dogs.
Many thanks to Luc and all the staff,
Angela & David Beckett.