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Brooke Petrich

Brooke’s owner John brought her to Bay View Veterinary Clinic in August 2016 because he noticed she was uncomfortable. She is an 11-year-old black female Labrador that is usually a friendly, spunky and vivacious girl. Brooke was panting all of the time, and keeping her owner awake at night. Brooke would still run and play, but was slower to get up and more cautious when lying down. She had trouble walking up and down stairs.

black-lab-brookeBrooke had pain and stiffness in her back and rear legs, and seemed a bit more anxious than normal. X-rays revealed normal heart and lungs, compression of the lumbar vertebrae in her back, and no arthritis in her hip joints. Brooke was started on pain reducing medications, joint supplements, and a fish oil fatty acid. She also started receiving chiropractic-like adjustments from Dr. Gamm to improve her mobility and comfort.

After starting these therapies, Brooke stopped panting during the day, but she was still panting at night and had trouble ascending and descending stairs. In September 2016, we implemented Adequan injections, a medication that will improve the health of all of her joints, and a muscle relaxer.

By October 2016, Brooke felt so much better! She started swimming once a week at Think Pawsitively to help rebuild muscle in her back and legs. Brooke is currently maintained on monthly Adequan injections, daily joint supplements and fish oil fatty acids, and swimming sessions to keep her strong through the winter. Brooke’s transformation took approximately three months. She is now a happy tail-wagging dog who can get up and down the steps on her own! Brooke and John both sleep all night!

Brooke is a prime example of how nutritional supplements, pain relieving medications, veterinary adjustment therapy, Adequan injections and physical therapy were needed to get her back to her normal self. If you think your dog or cat is having mobility challenges, give us a call at (262) 363-9993. We can examine your pet, and create a plan to improve their quality of life. We are here to help!