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Rehabilitation Therapy for Cats and Dogs — 3 Comments

  1. Thanks, Michael, and thanks for posting this article and finding a picture to go with it. I agree with all your comments. One thing that struck me during the interview is the fact that older, arthritic dogs can keep getting these treatments for the rest of their lives. Dr. Jaeger said these dogs might come in once a week for the low level laser, although their guardians sometimes want to bring them in more often. When human patients plateau in making progress toward physical therapy goals (which can include decreased pain/stiffness) insurance stops paying. Paying out of pocket is often prohibitively expensive for families. So Dr. Jaeger’s patients have a better deal than many human patients with similar conditions. In skilled nursing facilities residents can be put on a restorative program and nurses or rehab techs work with them. But a person living in his own home doesn’t have access to even that level of skilled intervention without paying a lot of money for it. In the end I think the rehabilitation therapy is smarter than drugs, which have side effects and also have costs associated with them. Wouldn’t it be better if we relied more heavily on modalities and therapeutic exercise to treat both humans and animals and less on drugs? It seems like a safer, healthier alternative to me.

    • The concept of treating with drugs has possibly peaked. There are better ways to treat animals and people, more natural ways that do not have side effects. All drugs are poisons to a greater or lesser degree. I guess big business keeps the drug industry going. The pharmaceutical industry is very powerful. Their first priority is making money and their second priority is ensuring that the drugs they manufacture improve the health of the recipient.

  2. Hi Ruth. I really like this article because it is so positive. I particularly like it is because the treatment is carried out along the same lines as for people. It puts the cat on the same level as people. I like that! And it is gentle, natural treatment as opposed to surgery, for example. This form of treatment demonstrates a concern for the cat. In short it is treatment that respects the cat. I don’t know how common it is. I suspect it is not that common. All the more reason to praise Dr Jaeger for doing it. And thanks to her for agreeing to be interviewed for the article. Thank you both.

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