By Kim Stouffer
Bailey’s Mom: Good thing I had my office door closed, you got me.
Bailey came into my life after the years had turned her
black face to white. She was
frail, but happy, weak, but with a heart strong enough to steal part of
mine. Arthritis had caused her discomfort which caused her to lose muscle. She was blessed with owners who would do anything for the opportunity
of more time with Bailey.
It was May 2013 when Bailey began therapy with our
Companion Therapy laser. Radiographs had shown significant arthritic changes in Bailey’s back, hips,
and stifles. These areas are
where we initially targeted our therapy. Our therapy laser provides comfort and pain relief by reducing
inflammation, promoting cellular healing and causing an endorphin release
which decreases the perception of pain. This information is for us: the
medical staff and care takers, the owners, the humans who love these
animals. Bailey didn’t
understand how the laser worked; Bailey was generally nervous of veterinary
clinics. Bailey was, however,
quickly able to differentiate a medical visit to the clinic versus a laser
therapy visit to the clinic. If she was pointed towards the door outside to
the rehab room she went with a grin. If she was pointed toward an exam room,
her head would hang.
For the pets, they feel warmth from the laser as it
passes over stiff muscles, or aching joints. Some sleep, some lay in their
owner’s arms, some nibble treats as they receive treatment. Bailey, like many dark coated dogs, preferred to be sprayed down with
water because the dark coats become very warm. Over the months following her initial treatment, Bailey became
stronger, more comfortable, happier and less nervous. She began to arrive for her therapy, climb on the mattress and lay
down with a smile on her face. Bailey was
walking more steadily, she was making more friends and she was happier and
more energetic at home.
Bailey’s Mom: It was her spa treatment – and she knew the
routine, giving us judgmental looks if we didn’t hit all the spots.
Bailey’s Mom: After laser, she acted like she was
10 again. Running, jumping off
things, on things and giving her owners heart palpitations
I forgot to mention; Bailey was 15 years old at this
time. Everyone that has ever loved a dog knows that one day we will have to face goodbye. Bailey’s owners, all of her friends and myself and the staff here at
the clinic were ready to support Bailey with love and various treatments and therapies so the goodbye didn’t come
That is what set you apart – when I
asked what you could do for her you didn’t look at me and just say “Well,
you know she is an old dog, right?”
One year passed while Bailey continued laser therapy. She was strong and happy and playful; demanding her
walks, asking for visits with her friends (or simply sneaking across the street to
say Hi) and stealing my heart.
Bailey’s Mom: The last at 10 pm every night – rain,
snow, sleet or hail.
Six months later we all said Goodbye to Bailey. At 16
years old, Bailey had left her mark on everyone she met. At 16 years old she had outlived many wonderful, beautiful pets I
have known and loved. At 16
years old, Bailey had defied the odds. She had, in the last year and a half, regained her strength, comfort
and happiness. Bailey had, through the combined efforts of our
therapy and treatments and her owner’s dedication and love, given all of us
a gift; the gift of time.
For a year and a half we were able to block goodbye…
but goodbye always comes. Together we gave it a good
Bailey’s Mom: There is no question that being able
to reduce medications like Rimadyl put less stress on her systems.
We will miss You Miss Bailey.