Claim example: Wally regains his mobility through acupuncture and hydrotherapy

WallyacupunctureContinuing our focus on alternative therapies (absolutely fascinating indeed!), let's talk about Wally, a Pembroke Welsh Corgi living in Emeryville, CA. Wally's mom, Carol, told us about Wally's acupuncture and hydrotherapy treatments.

In Carol's words:

In 2009, I noticed that Wally had difficulty going from a sitting to standing position. Sometimes he wouldn't even fully get up and just drag his body with his front two legs. I took him to see a vet neurologist. After an MRI scan, the vet neurologist had no idea what was wrong with Wally and referred him to a vet orthopedic specialist.

The vet orthopedic specialist examined Wally and concluded that Wally had partial tears in ACL in both hind legs. He said that the TPLO surgery would be the best option. I was not keen on surgery being the only solution.

WallyhydrotherapyI went for a second opinion with a different vet orthopedic specialist and a different vet neurologist. Both stated that the TPLO surgery would not have solved Wally's issue as Wally also suffered from a sore back. They suggested that I try an alternative method of treatment consisting of hydrotherapy and acupuncture.

Wallyhydrotherapy2Since 2009 to present, Wally receives regular acupuncture treatments and attends hydrotherapy sessions for all his physical ailments. Wally no longer drags his hind legs and the alternative therapies have improved his back soreness so that he is able to be as mobile as any other dog.

Here is a summary of Wally's claims since 2009.

Vet Visit Diagnosis/Procedure Claimed Paid
11/25/2008 rolled down hill, difficulty standing, 780.00 398.70
2/12/2009 difficulty standing up after fall 120.00 108.00
3/31/2009 Exam for Episodic Paraparesis 568.00 506.70
4/9/2009 Episodic Paraparesis & MRI Procedure 603.00 542.70
4/14/2009 MRI 1,395.00 1,255.50
5/6/2009 Pre-Surgical Exam Cruciate Ligament 273.00 245.70
5/26/2009 Lumbar Hyper Extension 70.00 0.00
11/24/2010 Fell, Sore Back 65.00 0.00
12/4/2010 Fell, Sore Back 65.00 0.00
2/19/2011 Acupuncture for Neck Tension 65.00 57.60
2/21/2011 Intervertebral Hyperextension 45.00 40.50
2/28/2011 Hydrotherapy 50.00 45.00
3/9/2011 Hydrotherapy 50.00 45.00
3/24/2011 Limping 703.48 592.63
3/24/2011 Neck Tension 65.00 58.50
4/1/2011 Orthopedic Shoes 84.50 76.05
4/16/2011 Acupuncture for Neck Tension 65.00 58.50
4/18/2011 Hydrotherapy 50.00 45.00
4/25/2011 Hydrotherapy 50.00 45.00
5/2/2011 Hydrotherapy 50.00 45.00
5/7/2011 Acunpuncture for Neck Tension 65.00 58.50
5/9/2011 Hydrotherapy 50.00 45.00
5/16/2011 Hydrotherapy 50.00 0.00
5/28/2011 Acupuncture for Neck Tension 100.00 0.00
6/6/2011 Hydrotherapy 150.00 0.00
6/2/2011 Acupuncture for Neck Tension 215.00 13.50
6/27/2011 Hydrotherapy 145.00 130.50
7/18/2011 Hydrotherapy 50.00 45.00
7/17/2011 Drug: 
  Intervertebral Hyperextension
114.40 0.00
8/1/2011 Hydrotherapy 50.00 45.00
8/8/2011 Hydrotherapy 50.00 45.00
8/15/2011 Hydrotherapy 50.00 45.00
8/22/2011 Hydrotherapy 50.00 45.00
8/29/2011 Hydrotherapy 50.00 45.00
9/12/2011 Hydrotherapy 50.00 45.00
9/19/2011 Hydrotherapy 50.00 45.00
9/26/2011 Hydrotherapy 50.00 45.00
10/24/2011 Hydrotherapy 50.00 45.00
3/12/2012 Hydrotherapy 50.00 45.00
5/7/2012 Hydrotherapy 50.00 45.00
5/14/2012 Hydrotherapy 50.00 0.00
5/30/2012 Hydrotherapy 50.00 0.00
6/6/2012 Hydrotherapy 50.00 0.00
6/11/2012 Hydrotherapy 50.00 0.00
6/18/2012 Hydrotherapy 50.00 0.00
5/23/2012 Hydrotherapy 50.00 0.00
    7,006.38 4,953.58

Wally's policy has a $500 annual deductible so that's why you see some claims without payout - the claim went towards the deductible. For more information on the Embrace site, see our claim story "Corgi uses alternative therapies"

Has your dog or cat had acupuncture or hydrotherapy successfully instead of surgery?

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