Pardon us for being a little more serious than normal (we Siberians do have a wicked sense of humor), but we want to tell you about laser therapy for dogs. Our vet, the Animal Hospital of Waynesville, called to let us know that they were installing new laser technology. They were training their staff on the new equipment and were looking for volunteers.
Why Queen Natasha? Because of her easy-going, good-natured personality? If you believe that, you are obviously new to this blog. Queen Natasha the Evil is not known as “The Evil” for her easy-going, good-natured personality.
QNTE was selected because she has developed arthritis in her lower spine and right hip. She holds her own in the yard keeping rule over The Herd, but you can notice her hesitancy to jump up on objects. For example, she used to chase all of the other dogs off of the human bed (and sometimes some humans), but she no longer tries to jump up on the bed. The goal of the laser treatment is to increase her comfort level so she can continue to terrorize . . . er, rule The Herd.
Now we know that we are not supposed to reveal a lady’s weight, but QNTE is quite proud that she has lost several pounds on the green bean diet (substitute green beans for about 1/4 of the normal meal and watch the pounds melt away). She weighed in at 51.7 pounds (23.5 kg) yesterday. Diet, combined with exercise, helps to keep pressure off of the arthritic joints.
For the next couple of weeks, Natasha will go for thrice-weekly treatments, and then we will reduce to a laser treatment every few weeks.
As we go through the treatments, we will keep you posted with the progress.
If you want to read some more about the laser treatment, we highly recommend this article.