Ink had a long career as a police K9 with her owner, former cop officer Chase Robinson. They both put in their time and retired to enjoy the sunsets. But all of a sudden a dog that had been on the force chasing down criminals and sniffing out drugs could barely get out bed.
Turns out Ink was suffering from a sort of doggie stroke.
“I was within a few weeks from deciding to put her down” says Robinson.
This pair has been together since Ink was a puppy, so this was a ‘ruff’ decision.
“When you start thinking about what the ability of a k9 will do is totally give their life for you. And having to think about the idea of having to put her down,” he says. “It brought tears to my eyes more than one time.
Dr. Akos Hartai to the rescue! He uses some surprising alternative treatments for dogs like water treadmills, acupuncture, even lasers!
“Long gone are the days of just don’t do anything and take take pain meds and it will be all better,” Hartai says. “I realized that the best way to get my patients back to normal and better is to use multiple things together where instead of 1+1 = 2, it’s 1+1 = 3 or 4.”
For Ink, who could barely stand on her own four paws, it equaled a “K9” recovery.
“It’s the best thing thats ever happened to me,” Robinson says. “he therapy that Dr. Hartai has done, has been fantastic. I never thought that I would get the dog back that I had before.”