Senior Shepherd Mix Turns to Alternative Therapies

Laser Acupuncture on DogLyger - Shepherd Mix

Lyger's aches and pains are relieved by acupuncture and chiropractic care.
Vet Bill: $545.00
Location:Cleveland, OH
Date:March - April 2013
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Background

As Shepherd mix Lyger approached thirteen, his aches and pains were catching up to a once active dog. Traditional pain relievers were showing little sign of helping and he’d begun to cry out in pain when his neck or hips were pushed beyond a very short range of motion. After consulting with his primary vet, Lyger’s family decided to try alternative therapies for their senior fella.

Dr. Neal Sivula at Dancing Paws Animal Wellness Center saw Lyger for a consultation, checked his spine and noticed several areas that needed adjustment. The doctor gave him a chiropractic adjustment and followed it up with laser acupuncture. Lyger’s owner wasn’t sure at first how he would respond to the pressure, but he seemed to be quite relaxed (except for the machine’s annoying beeps). Lyger was prescribed an herbal supplement containing alfalfa, some fish oil capsules and set up with a schedule for weekly adjustments and semi-weekly acupuncture visits. By his third trip, Lyger got into the car willingly and approached Dr. Sivula with a wagging tail--something his family had never seen from this normally anxious dog! Acupuncture (both laser and needle) and chiropractic care continue to be a successful part of Lyger’s pain-management regimen.

Lyger's Claim Refund

Lyger's Alternative Therapy Claims (March-April 2013)
Amount
Actual Vet Bill $545.00
Covered Charges*
$502.51
Annual Deductible Remaining
-$0
10% Co-pay -$50.25
Total Embrace Reimbursement $452.26

 

* = A portion of Lyger’s initial invoice included prescriptions and a massager that were not covered because the policy did not have the necessary drug rider. Lyger's $500 deductible had already been met with mast cell tumor surgery in that same policy term.