Rivertown Animal Hospital offers Veterinary Chiropractic, Acupuncture, Chinese Herbal therapy, and therapeutic laser therapy. Dr. Mary Arnesen has been studying these modalities over the past 20 years. Dr. Arnesen has gained a number of certifications that have enhanced her abilities to combine traditional veterinary diagnostics and therapies with a nontraditional or complementary approach for treating medical needs for dogs and cats. Dr. Arnesen prefers the term complementary to the more familiar “holistic”. At Rivertown, we have many success stories involving the practice of these special therapies. The following is just one of many successful outcomes.
Sage is a sweet, mellow 6 year-old Chesapeake Bay Retriever. He had been suffering from the lingering effects of meningitis contracted when he was only 8 months old. Meningitis is an often debilitating condition affecting the brain and spinal cord. It can be caused by bacterial infections, viruses or immune-medicated conditions; sometimes it is difficult to pinpoint the cause. In Sage’s case, after diagnostics and treatment at the University of Minnesota, he was left with an irregular gait and wobbliness in his rear end. He had trouble getting up and to top it all off, Sage ran into a tree this spring, resulting in a shoulder injury causing him pain and difficulty using his front leg.
Dr. Arnesen evaluated Sage to see if she could help him feel better. The evaluation involved a full physical exam using both the western (traditional) and eastern approach. The initial treatment included a chiropractic adjustment of his shoulder which had literally become stuck in the wrong position. He was treated with acupuncture and sent home on a regimen of Chinese herbs addressing his whole body condition. The herbs were given to move energy down his spine to his back end where he was experiencing weakness.
Ten days later, Sage was a new dog. Although not yet 100 percent, he was experiencing less pain, walking better with a more even gait and showing interest in what was going on around him. Dr. Arnesen again treated him with acupuncture and chiropractic.
At the last visit Sage was doing great and walking without any ataxia. His owner reported that he had more energy and was ‘bolting’ into the yard when they returned home from walks, something he had not done in a long time. He had a bounce in his step and was also jumping up. A sure sign of improvement!
Sage is now a happy dog to have regained the movement and energy that he had lost. His ongoing therapy includes Chinese herbs and occasional visits with Dr. Arnesen for acupuncture and chiropractic for those times his people perceive he is slowing down.
Lucky for Sage, at Rivertown Animal Hospital he found a doctor and therapy that worked for his special needs.