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Patti Brown and Moose, an 8 year old Bernese Mountain Dog

Some friends of ours referred us to Dr. Wilke. Moose, our 8 year old Bernese Mountain Dog, had ruptured his left rear cruciate ligament at age 7.

The typical way that vets deal with a ruptured cruciate ligament is surgery. Moose was recovering from having his spleen removed and we did not want him to also have to deal with an additional surgery. We decided first to try laser acupuncture. In addition, Dr. Wilke suggested Prolotherapy, also known as “proliferative therapy,” “regenerative injection therapy,” or “proliferative injection therapy.” It involved injecting an otherwise non-pharmacological and non-active irritant solution into tendons and ligaments for the purpose of strengthening weakened connective tissue and alleviating musculoskeletal pain.

Moose completed a series of laser acupuncture combined with Prolotherapy and he had great relief. About a year later, he ruptured his right rear cruciate ligament and we did the same treatment on his right side. Again, the course of treatment gave him relief and we avoided yet another possible surgery with a very involved and difficult recovery.

Moose is going on 9 years of age. He takes a glucosamine supplement, he occasionally takes some “doggie pain medicine” when he seems to have some aches and pains, but he is doing well. He is a beloved family member and I think we chose the right treatment options for him.



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