Siddhi was overweight, arthritic, cancerous, at risk of losing an eye, and nursing a torn ACL. The outlook for the Great Dane-mastiff mix wasn’t very bright.
“I thought my dog wouldn’t make it through the summer,” says Amy Uniacke, Siddhi’s owner. “She was in so much pain, she couldn’t even put her head down. She would only sit in one position all day long. She was just wrung out and exhausted.”
Surgery for one ACL would have cost $3,000, and it was almost guaranteed that the 7-year-old, 150-pound giant-breed dog would tear the other in due time. Discussions regarding what to do about Siddhi were grim; euthanasia was not off the table.
But Dr. Nicole LeVeque, a holistic veterinarian who operates Natural Healing Pet Care in Berkley, offered an alternative: a combination of acupuncture, veterinary spinal manipulation, and laser therapy. She made house-call visits to Siddhi, performing therapy sessions three times a week. “She said we should know if it was working in about three to four weeks,” Uniacke says. “But we knew pretty quickly. My dog is now walking like a normal dog.”
Stories like Siddhi’s are not uncommon.