As we’ve told you in the past, Moby has had back issues. We first discovered them right around his First Adoptaversary. As soon as we realized something was wrong, we went to our regular vet. Moby was put on an anti-inflammatory and that seemed to do the trick.
Then, a few weeks after he’d been off of the anti-inflammatory, his back pain started flaring up again. We went back to the vet, who recommended that we try either acupuncture or cold laser therapy. Unfortunately, they didn’t offer either service at the time, so we were referred to a nice vet about an hour away. The mileage didn’t deter me, as it was about the same distance I used to drive to take Dixie to her chemo. Whatever it took to get the Mobisher feeling better!
We set up a consultation with the other vet right away and they determined that Moby was a good candidate for cold laser therapy. We started right away, first going once a week and then every other week. Moby also started taking supplements. His daily routine now included Cataplex D, Relyince Canine Joint Complete, and Krillex Soft Chews with breakfast. Moby takes any kind of pill like a champ – it’s just another treat to him!
Along with the laser therapy, we limited his jumping actions. Moby and I started sleeping in the platform bed, so it was a simple step up to the mattress. Our king bed is pretty high and we were afraid the jumping was not good for him. We enlisted Joe’s dad to make us custom stairs for the bed so that we could train Moby to use those instead of jumping. We’ve started training, but he hasn’t mastered them yet (he’s very smart, but still can be quite timid and scared of new things).
In the meantime, our vet purchased the equipment to be able to do laser therapy! As they were closer and see Moby for his regular visits, we switched back to them for his therapy. We kept the same every other week schedule and Moby got to meet a new vet, Dr. Luckstone. He’s a little more comfortable with women, so he was happy to have her performing his laser therapy. Things were looking up for Moby!
After we got back from Chattanooga, Moby’s back really started to bother him again. We realized he had been doing a little more jumping than was allowed and it had hindered his progress. He was having a hard time going out the dog door, getting on the couch and whimpered when he got into bed.
So, we went in for a consultation to re-evaluate his treatment. Last week, Moby had laser therapy on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. On Thursday, he had some new X-Rays taken to see if there had been any changes. Both X-Rays (one from the side and one from the top) looked good. The only thing noted was that he may have slight hip displasia in his right leg. While he was sedated for the X-Rays, he got a “haircut” to help pinpoint where the laser needs to be. He can sometimes get a case of the wiggle butt during therapy so it just helps refocus if it gets off line a little.
Moby was also started on a daily non-steroidal anti-inflammatory, Quellin. We scheduled him for an additional laser therapy today and next week and then will go back to our every other week routine if all seems to be fine.
This morning, he was very excited to go to the vet. He knew it meant lots of compliments about how handsome he is and lots of treats! In order to sit still for the treatment, Moby gets treats the entire time. I make a little doggie trail mix with a variety of treats including Zuke’s Minis, Charlee Bear Crunch, Gooberlicious, and homemade dehydrated sweet potatoes. The whole treatment only takes about 10 minutes, so we’re in and out pretty fast.
The new regimen with the daily supplements + Quellin seems to be working well for our boy. We’ll continue to go for therapy and keep an eye on him, but we’re especially grateful to have a vet that’s willing to re-evaluate things when needed! Thanks Dr. Luckstone, Dr. Cooke and all the staff and Island Animal Hospital!