Fish stock for dogs

Fish Stock For Your Dog?

We often get asked what supplements we recommend for dogs.  The answer depends on the condition, but when it Fish stock for dogscomes to joint issues – fish stock is a great option.  What is fish stock, what might it help, and why is it a good complementary supplement for chiropractic?  Read on to find out.

What is fish stock?

In a nutshell, fish stock is what remains after fish are cooked slowly over a long period of time.  If you have ever used a slow cooker, then you are familiar with this method of cooking.  As the fish slowly cook, the nutrients in the scales, bones, and more leak out into a broth.  Some of these nutrients include:

  • Joint nutrients like chondroitin, glucosamine, hyaluronic acid and more.
  • Healthy fatty acids like those found in fish oil
  • Probiotics – Brands like Answers actually ferment the stock after it is cooked.  This creates an excellent source of probiotics for gut health.

Essentially, fish stock is a broth filled with many important nutrients for our pets.

What does fish stock help?

The nutrient broth may help a number of issues including:

  • arthritis
  • digestive issues
  • skin and coat health
  • and more

The broth is almost like a natural, liquid form of a multi vitamin.  There are many benefits to be reaped from this whole food joint supplement.

Why is it a great complementary supplement to chiropractic?

Chiropractic is great for addressing structural issues of the body.  These issues come in the form of mis-alignments in the spine that stress nerves and muscles.  Also, it causes chronic inflammation around affected joints.  Fish stock helps support what we do by countering the inflammation.  In addition, it provides the building blocks necessary to repair any secondary problems like joint degeneration.  In a nutshell, our goal with chiropractic care is to stabilize the structural foundation while the fish broth gives us the complementary materials to get the task done.

There are many great supplements out there.  However, they are not always whole food products and easily absorbed by your pet’s body.  Fish stock is an excellent nutrient source and much more bio-available for absorption than many synthetic options.  It truly is a wonder supplement that helps your pet in many ways!

Buddy with Two Torn Cruciate Ligaments

Say hi to Buddy! Buddy here had not one, but two cruciate tears. Dealing with one is dreadful enough but to have two gives a whole new meaning to double trouble. They often times warn you about one tear potentially leading to another down the road, but having both simultaneously is not as common as one might think. Buddy had surgery scheduled for less than two weeks after the first time his mom called, and we were fairly confident he would show enough improvement in that time span that hopefully the surgery could be called off.

Two weeks into care, and three adjustments later, and Buddy was already loads better than that first visit. He could weight bear, something he hadn’t been able to do for some time. He would put each back paw down for moments at a time and awkwardly hobble forward. Before he was almost skipping and putting all his weight on his front two feet because the back end was so bad and unsteady. By week four Buddy was a new dog. Though still limping, he was using his legs regularly and had begun to regain much of the muscle tone he had started to lose.

The surgery was cancelled. Fast forward to two months later and Buddy is a new dog. His mom even tells us that he is better than he was before he ever hurt himself. He is crazy, excited, jumping, and running around like he’s just a puppy again. He didn’t let two torn cruciates stop him in the first place, and he was going to show everyone who was boss. He is a rockstar, and we are certainly happy to see him doing so well! We now see him once every couple of months to make sure he is keeping steady in those back legs!

 

Arthritis in dogs

Arthritis in Dogs

It’s tough to watch. Your dog used to jump fences and unleash “zoomies” in the back yard. Now, he struggles to get up from laying down. Stairs? Not even in his vocabulary any more. What happened to the dog that used to play for hours on end before needing a water break? The probable culprit – arthritis. Arthritis in dogs is something we see in our practice frequently. In addition, it is something we get great results with. Why is this? Read on to find out.

What causes arthritis in dogs?

Arthritis in dogs

Experts believe that arthritis is a combination of chronic inflammation in conjunction with abnormal loading of a joint.  In theory, a misaligned joint places asymmetrical pressure on a joint and initiates an inflammatory response.  If this inflammation persists over time (which occurs when a dog is chronically inflamed) the joint can break down.  This contributes to the development of arthritis in dogs as well as other animals, including humans.

How does animal chiropractic relieve arthritis in dogs?

Animal chiropractors are trained to examine dogs for joint abnormalities.  When they find an abnormality, they make a very gentle thrust to restore its normal motion and alignment.  This flushes out the local inflammation in addition to correcting any abnormal stress placed upon the joint.  With the problem corrected, the joint can function optimally and arthritis is less apt to develop.  In addition, dogs that already suffer with arthritis will benefit from the increased motion and decreased inflammation.  This contributes to better hind end strength, better movement, and more energy.

What results should you expect with animal chiropractic?

In practice, we are very successful treating dogs who suffer with arthritis.  Often times, owners report improvement within 24-48 hours after the initial adjustment.  While this isn’t always the case, dogs typically respond quickly to care  – so the pet’s owner and the chiropractor will know if the treatment is effective relatively soon.

Many of our clients can:

  • jump into cars again
  • get up with less strain
  • have more energy
  • and much more

Want to learn more about animal chiropractic?  You can contact us here or visit our facebook page where we have plenty of before and after videos for your enjoyment.

Holistic Pet Care and Chiropractic

There is a a health revolution making waves through the United States.  People are tired of taking one drug after another to address holistic pet careailments that can be treated naturally.  However, did you know there is a shift going on in the pet world as well?  Holistic pet care is becoming more prevalent in many areas throughout the country.  Dogs, cats, and many more of our furry friends are getting great results by changing their nutrition, receiving acupuncture, and visiting their animal chiropractor among other things!

What is holistic pet care

Holistic pet care focuses on your dog, cat, or other family friend as a whole – rather than the individual parts.  Fortunately, more vets are practicing natural medicine today relative to any time before.  By merging traditional treatments with alternative methods, pets are seeing much better results and a higher quality of life.  As such, many more vets are seeking out additional training in acupuncture, nutrition, herbal remedies, chiropractic and more.

What is animal chiropractic?

Animal chiropractic is similar in nature to “human” chiropractic.  An animal chiropractor will check your pet for any areas of the spine that aren’t moving well, or are in the wrong position.  These misaligned areas of the spine are known as structural shifts.  When an animal chiropractor finds a structural shift, they will make a very gentle correction to guide it back to normal.  This will relieve pressure on the discs and nerves of the spine, in addition to reducing inflammation that may affect the muscles and joints in the area.  Concerned about the treatment injuring your dog?  Don’t be.  IVCA and AVCA board certified animal chiropractors are trained to make corrections that are so gentle, you may miss them if you blink.  In addition, there is very rarely any cracking or popping that many people associate with human chiropractic.

How does animal chiropractic contribute to holistic pet care?

Animal chiropractic takes care of a very important part of the body – the structure.  Structural shifts of the spine lead to inflammation, degeneration, and more.  Often times this inflammation can interfere with the spinal cord and nerves.  This is problematic because these are the electric wires used to control the body.  Structural shifts of the spine can contribute to communication issues between the brain and the cells of muscles, intestine, glands, and more.

Imagine for a second that you are watching satellite television.  What happens if a thunderstorm rolls in?  You may notice that your television screen gets a little blurry.  The thunderstorm creates a communication issue between your television and the satellite.  This is similar in nature to what may occur in the body secondary to structural shifts of the spine.  Structural shifts can lead to a breakdown in communication between your brain and the body.  However, what might happen to your television screen if the storm clears up?  You may notice that your screen clears up as well.  This is the reason why many people use human chiropractors.  They want their spine to be in optimal alignment to allow free flowing communication between the brain an the body.  This philosophy is now growing in the pet community!

To sum things up, there is a health revolution moving through the states and it includes our pets.  More vets than ever before are educating themselves on ways to to treat pets holistically.  One of these treatments is chiropractic, and it addresses the structure of the spine.  This is important because structure determines function, so abnormal structure leads to abnormal function in the body!  Want to find your closest animal chiropractor?  You can check the IVCA website or AVCA website to locate a board certified animal chiropractor near you.

luxating patella

Bonzi the Dog with Ear Infections and Luxating Patella

Say hello to Bonzi, and yes he is as fun of a dog as his name might imply. Bonzi is a young guy, in his very early years, and he was dealing with some serious struggles. He was limping on his back leg, was losing energy, and was having pretty chronic ear infections as well. Bonzi is a really active dude, so it stands to reason that he has probably thrown himself out of whack a time or two, which is exactly why his parents wanted to try out animal chiropractic!

 

Bonzi came in with significant muscle loss in his back right leg. Turns out he had been favoring it much longer than he had exhibited symptoms, as the muscle tone was so different between his left and right side. In addition, this guy despite him being a larger breed dog, had luxating patella in this same hind leg. It was both good news and bad, because it explained his lameness, however luxating patella in a large breed dog can be a little more troublesome to manage! On top of all his hind end issues, Bonzi had been a long time sufferer of ear infections. They didn’t happen constantly, but they did happen consistently. After giving him a good once over, he certainly needed some work!

 

Bonzi has been seen a handful of times now. During this time, his luxating patella has improved in the frequency with which it pops out thanks to chiropractic and his parents doing diligent at home exercises, his ear infections happen less often and when one shows up they know its time to get adjusted, and his muscle tone in both of his hind legs are equal as he no longer limps. Bonzi is a wonderful pup that gets to really enjoy his life again thanks to his parent’s interest in alternative therapy. We love this guy!

Dogs with Ear infections

Dogs With Ear Infections

Does your dog suffer with ear infections?  Don’t worry, you are not alone.  There are many dogs that make their way to our practice because of chronic ear infections.  Why is this and how can animal chiropractic help?  Read on to find out.

Why might dogs with ear infections benefit from animal chiropractic care?

Dogs with Ear infections

At first, it seems counter-intuitive to think that animal chiropractic care might benefit an infection in the ear.  However, it is well known in the human world that there is a relationship between the top bone in the neck and the ear canal.  In fact, many practices focus on treating children suffering from this condition with great results.  The same concepts can be applied to animals.

When the top bone of the neck (known as the atlas) is in an abnormal position, it can push against anything that travels through the area and cause inflammation.  One of the items traveling through the upper neck is the Eustachian tube and other areas connected to the ear canal.  If the atlas rotates into these tubes, it can cause increased pressure.  When this happens, things aren’t able to drain properly.  Think about it like a clogged pipe in your sink.  The water will drain very slowly, if at all.  Bacteria now has a better opportunity to grow in the ear leading to an infection.

So what do animal chiropractors do to address a misalignment in the spine?

Animal chiropractors are trained to identify misalignments in the spine, frequently known as structural shifts.  When they find these structural abnormalities, they use a gentle correction to guide it back to normal alignment.  Don’t worry, this doesn’t hurt your pet and there is typically no cracking or popping.  In fact, it’s so gentle that if you blink  you may miss it.  Board certified animal chiropractors are trained to treat your pets – which is very different from the human side!

To sum things up, animal chiropractic care is an effective way to complement traditional care for ear infections – especially the chronic cases.  By identifying structural shifts of the spine in the upper neck, animal chiropractors can make a gentle correction to restore it to a more normal position.  This will relieve pressure on parts of the ear canal and allow the ears to drain.  This should result in relief for dogs with ear infections.

 

 

 

pain relief for dogs

Pain Relief For Dogs

pain relief for dogs

Is animal chiropractic an effective way to provide pain relief for dogs?  The answer is emphatically yes.  In our practice, we see many pets struggling with pain in their back, neck, knee, and much more.  Until recently, many of us would treat these problems with drugs without a second thought.  However, there is a growing movement toward providing animals with holistic treatments that address the primary problem rather than secondary issues.  One of these treatments is animal chiropractic.

What is animal chiropractic?

Animal chiropractic is a specialty within the chiropractic world.  To become an animal chiropractor, you must first be a chiropractor or veterinarian.  Next, you must pass additional training and board examinations offered via the IVCA or AVCA.

Animal chiropractors evaluate the structure of the spine and limbs for any structural abnormalities.  When they feel something that isn’t right, they make very gentle corrections to guide it back to normal alignment.  In fact, it is so gentle that there is rarely any popping or clicking  that is associated with human chiropractic.

How does animal chiropractic provide pain relief for dogs?

Animal chiropractic helps provide pain relief for dogs with numerous conditions.  When something is out of alignment or isn’t moving correctly, it affects the immediate joint and causes compensations throughout the body.  Think of this like a broken link in a chain.  When one isn’t working right, it affects all of the others.  These structural issues cause inflammation.  The inflammation eventually affects the local nerves and causes a pain response.  Typically, we treat this issue by prescribing drugs for the inflammation or others that “turn off” pain nerves.  However, they don’t typically address the primary issue – a structural misalignment.

What conditions might animal chiropractic help?

Animal chiropractic can help many conditions including luxating patella, cruciate tears, disc issues and more.  The reason being, many of these conditions cause the broken link phenomenon throughout the body.  For example, a dog with a cruciate tear will shift its weight to the other limbs and to areas in the spine not meant to handle as much stress.  These areas can progressively break down and lead to pain in areas other than the injured knee.  This is why animal chiropractic is an important treatment for any pet suffering with pain.  Each visit involves a thorough evaluation of the entire spine and limbs, not just the trouble area.  As a matter of fact, we often find major issues on the opposite side of an injury!

As you can see, animal chiropractic is a holistic method that provides pain relief for dogs.  It can be used as a standalone treatment or complement the care provided by a vet.  It is a very gentle method that evaluates the joints of the spine and limbs.  In addition, it can help provide pain relief for many different conditions!  Want to learn more?  Contact us here: http://advanimalchiro.daveminotti.com/contact/

 

Senior Dogs With Mobility Issues

Natural solutions for senior dogs with mobility issues

Pet owners love their dogs and will do anything to help them.  That is why it is so hard to watch our senior dogs struggling with mobility issues.  Certain issues plague this age group including:

  • Shaky legs
  • Trouble getting up and down
  • Tripping
  • Falling
  • Decline in activity

Typically, a visit to the veterinarian will result in a few drugs to help with inflammation and make the dog more comfortable.  However, do other solutions exist?  Advanced Animal Chiropractic serves Southeast Michigan and has great success with senior dogs and their problems.

A natural treatment with great results

Chiropractic is well known in the “human” world for helping many with back pain, neck pain, mobility issues and more.  Less known is a specific niche within the profession that practices solely on animals.  Animal Chiropractors are either veterinarians or chiropractors who have completed post-graduate training in animal chiropractic.  They are board certified by the AVCA or IVCA once they have completed the additional schooling, tests, and displayed competency with animals.

The difference between human and animal chiropractic

Many people are familiar with human chiropractic.  However, there are a couple differences between animal chiropractic and the more traditional side devoted to people.  This includes:

  • It is a lot more gentle – many people associate chiropractic with loud pops and twisting body parts.  The animal side is so gentle you may in fact miss the adjustment if you blink.
  • Animals respond quicker – People often require long care plans to address their ailments.  With animals, we typically see results within 3 adjustments.  If your pet is feeling better, it will show.

Want to learn more about chiropractic care for senior dogs and other pets?

To learn more you can browse our website at www.advancedanimalchiropractic.com, contact us here, or call us at (248)606-0136 or (248)602-0807.  Additionally, you can visit our facebook page where we frequently post before and after videos.

Arthritis in dogs

Geriatric Dogs and Animal Chiropractic

I find myself writing this blog today because our practice has seen an uptick in geriatric dogs recently.  What is their biggest complaint?  Typically, the issue is rear end shaking and an inability to support their weight.  The good news is that we are getting great results with this population.  In fact, our patients frequently claim to see significant improvement within 24 hours.  Why is this and what are some other strategies we can use to help them through their twilight years?  Read on to find out.

What is a geriatric dog?Geriatric Dogs

According to the American Veterinary Medical Association, a geriatric dog is any small breed 7 years and older or any large breed 6 years and older.  There are many issues that affect this population, but one big one is a decrease in mobility.  The body naturally breaks down over time.  However, if the joints of the spine or limbs are in poor alignment they will wear down faster.  Think of it like a car forced out of alignment.  The tires and other parts will wear unevenly and quickly.  A similar thing happens in the body.

Why do geriatric dogs benefit from animal chiropractic care?

Geriatric pets benefit from animal chiropractic because chiropractic restores normal function and alignment to a joint.  When a joint is out of alignment, it places uneven stress along it.  In addition, it initiates an inflammatory response.  Inflammation is known for contributing to joint degeneration.  Therefore, animal chiropractic is an important intervention because it keeps the joints of the body in normal alignment which helps prevent premature wear and inflammation.

What else can we do to help geriatric dogs?

In addition to animal chiropractic care, there are a number of things we can do to help our pets.  These include:

  • Controlling your pets weight – Overweight pets are subject to extra forces on their joints.
  • Keep exercising – You may need to modify their routine, but movement is important for joint health.
  • Supplementation – There are quite a few joint supplements on the market.  The goal is to give a high quality supplement that includes glucosamine and chondroitin.

These tips combined with chiropractic care will benefit your pet’s quality of life.

Unfortunately, arthritis and decreased mobility area conditions that will affect many geriatric pets.  However, there are ways to slow the progression.  This includes adding animal chiropractic care, weight control, exercise, and supplementation.  With these additions your pet will enjoy an improved quality of life during their twilight years.

 

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Dachshunds, Back Pain, and Animal Chiropractic

If you own a Dachshund, you are probably aware that they are prone to back problems.  As a matter of fact, the lifetime prevalence for disc disease in the breed is estimated to be 19%.  Essentially, 1 in 5 Dachshunds will experience disc disease during their lifetime.  This is a debilitating condition that can lead to pain, paralysis, and many other secondary problems.  Is there anything pet owners can do to help alleviate this problem, or is it inevitable for our little friends?  There are a few potential options, but one major player in prevention is animal chiropractic.

Why and when does disc disease affect Dachshunds?

There are many theories as to why they this occurs, but it appears that genetics play a large role.  Dachshunds are grouped into a set of dogs called chondrodystrophoid breeds.  These breeds, in general, experience a peak incidence of disc disease between the ages of 4-6 years of age.  In a nutshell, this is the period when a Dachshund is most at risk for experiencing the condition responsible for the following symptoms:

  • Pain and weakness in rear end
  • Loss of bladder and/or bowel control
  • Muscle spasms in neck and back
  • Reduced appetite and activity level

If the peak rate is between 4 and 6 years of age, is there anything we can do before?

How does animal chiropractic help Dachshunds and other pets?

Animal chiropractic care that focuses on structural correction is concerned with the proper alignment of the spine.  When segments in the spine, called vertebrae, are out of normal alignment it can lead to inflammation and other stresses that put pressure on the discs and nerves.  Over time, this pressure can contribute to the disc bulging.  This disc bulge can contact the spinal cord – which leads to a whole host of problems.  Think about a misaligned vertebra like a car out of alignment.  Over time this poor alignment leads to many secondary issues like uneven tire wear, compromised suspension and steering parts, as well as reduced fuel economy. In the case of a dog, it can lead to many of the secondary conditions listed previously.

What is it animal chiropractors do then? 

Each visit, animal chiropractors do an examination to evaluate motion and position of the vertebrae in the spine.  When they find one that isn’t moving right, they use a very gentle adjustment to guide it back toward the correction position.  Concerned about some of the things you heard about human chiropractic?  Don’t worry, animal chiropractic differs in that:

  • It is very gentle – There is no cracking or popping. It is so gentle you may miss it if you blink.
  • Animals respond quickly – There are no long care plans necessary for pets. Typically, it only takes three adjustments to see if a pet will respond and most will see a big improvement after the first.

While the philosophy is similar between human and animal chiropractic is similar, the skill set is different.  That is why it is important to find a veterinarian or chiropractor certified by the AVCA or IVCA to work with animals.

Unfortunately, Dachshunds are a breed prone to back problems.  This is probably due to a number of causes, but genetics appear to play a large role.  The peak years that an incident may occur appears to be between 4 and 6 years of age.  The good news?  Animal chiropractic is something you can begin early on to help stabilize the spine.  With a stable spine, your pet will be must more resistant to breakdowns that lead disc disease and back pain.