Still feels very odd to not take the dogs swimming all summer. Summer swimming is like salt & pepper, soda & chips, apple pie and ice cream ~dogs & River Days. Definitely making up for it come next summer!
Sasha has fallen into a nice routine; she goes to Bethel Animal Hospital every week for acupuncture with Dr. Stuer followed by a laser treatment session with one of the excellent technicians. If anyone has a concern as to whether laser therapy is uncomfortable or burns the dog, check out Sasha getting a treatment; no discomfort there! Bethel Animal Hospital uses the K-Laser system. Laser therapy can progressively relieve pain and reduce inflammation (as you’ve seen when Sasha’s foot is swollen). It’s typically a series of treatments, the frequency dependent on your pet’s diagnosis and your veterinarian’s recommendation. Once your pet begins to show improvement, the frequency of treatments might decrease. Often laser therapy is combined with another treatment modality to give your pet the optimum benefit. As you know, Sasha’s program consists of both acupuncture and laser treatments on the same day. Looking back at the past few months, I can say with all honesty that Sasha has benefited more from this combination than she did when receiving Adequan Injections along with laser therapy.
Dr. Stuer always checks Sasha’s pupils prior to getting down to “acupuncture business”. That’s one of the many things I like about him (hold that thought). So far her pupils continue to react to light, something I was told on April 22 would “never happen”. Her right continues to be a tad more sluggish to react than the left but hey! It reacts.My motto has always been “Can’t is a fellow that never tried” and I was NOT willing to accept a diagnosis of permanent blindness without giving Sasha a fighting chance. This girl had risen past a less than stellar start in life, had some nasty fights with her sibling Inga yet through it all remained friendly and lovable. Make no mistake though; if a situation arises or she is given a command, she turns from silly ball girl to “Fang” in seconds. She amazes me…
I’d like to devote some posts to her providers for without them Sasha would not be where she is today; making slow but steady progress. Since I already touched on her visits with Dr. Stuer I’ll begin with him tonight. As I once wrote I felt comfortable with him on a personal level but more important in his ability to accurately assess Sasha and her needs. His love of animals is evident by the way he gently talks to them, strokes their fur and intuitively knows what they want. But I digress…
As previously written, Sasha has been receiving weekly acupuncture treatments from Gary J. Stuer, D.V.M. who specializes in Integrative Medicine. He opened his practice, Bethel Animal Hospital in 1994. Upon his initial assessment of Sasha he noticed something I found uncanny. From the base of her rear neck extending to the mid-point of her back, her spinal column was warm to touch (a normal finding). However, from mid-point to her tail it became noticeably cooler. This finding is indicative of decreased blood flow which *could* be contributing to the increased weakness in her left rear leg. I would guess it’s all tied in to the FCE Sasha had in 2011. Amazing that no one had ever picked up on that before don’t you agree? Despite being in an exceptionally beautiful albeit rural location, Dr. Stuer has amassed rather impressive credentials:
- B.S. 1983 University of New Hampshire
- D.V.M. 1987 Tufts Veterinary School
- Certified in Veterinary Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine
- Board of Directors American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association
- Vice President American Holistic Veterinary Association
He’s also on staff one day a week at Portland Veterinary Specialists where Sasha’s BFF is ~ Sarah Noble, D.V.M.
Dr Stuer is also the veterinarian that saved the life of a young (approximately 6 months) puppy that was discovered by Sunday River Resort security in October 2015 with his muzzle taped shut. He wound up being named Blue⬅︎ and after treatment and healing, was adopted by a wonderful family.
I’m going to be able to meet this sweet survivor at Bethel Animal Hospitals Open House on October 8.
Dr. Stuer and crew treated this little hero and he once told that the true sadness of the situation was that despite what man had done to him, Blue never behaved in a mean way. Dr. Steur said he was sweet from the day he was saved by the Western Mountains of Maine until he was finally ready to join his forever home.
I feel incredibly blessed to have such a skilled doctor on Sasha’s team…
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💜Next up ~ dogs who have recovered their vision💜