Jake the shepherd and his Arthritis

This handsome stud is Jake. Jake is a rescued German Shepherd that was found wandering the streets until he was brought to his forever home. He is a young bloke that found himself really struggling with some pain and discomfort, accompanied by a fairly consistent limp in his front leg. After a full work-up, Jake’s x-rays showed he had some significant arthritis in his elbows, one side worse than the other.

 

After giving Jake pain medication for a significant amount of time, his fur parents decided to give chiropractic a try because Jake’s cousins had both been doing so well under care. Within two adjustments Jake’s limping had decreased significantly, pain medication wasn’t necessary, and his movement and energy was up. Jake was doing fantastic and he hardly even showed the slightest bit of discomfort.

 

When it comes to arthritis, what already exists cannot be erased, and that is imperative to understand. Arthritis is something that should be prevented as long as possible, when at all possible. Keeping joint motion within normal is one of the best ways to protect against arthritis formation. Chiropractic is one of the many ways to make sure structure is sound and joint motion is at an optimum. Jake may not be able to diminish what he currently has, but we can certainly help prevent more from forming!

Sorella the Beagle and Protective Care

sorellagucciniSorella the beagle has dealt with back pain, bladder issues, and skeletal problems. She came to us originally to work on her bladder problems but found that chiropractic was more or less protective for her. This little girl is the sister to Sofia, someone you’ve met before. She is considered a “senior” dog but her mannerisms are anything but. Sorella is an absolute love, she has spunk and loves to get into all sorts of beagle mischief. Several years back, she stupefied her veterinarians when she practically walked out of having back surgery, and within a day or two was running. No one believed how a dog that in all reality shouldn’t have been able to walk, was acting as if she had just woken up from a routine teeth cleaning.

 

Sorella has defied all odds when it comes to her spinal health. With a speedy recovery after having back surgery (something that rarely, if ever, occurs), she went back to her old beagle ways. Most recently, her fur mama had noticed she was getting an extreme number of urinary tract infections. Unsure of what to do, her fur mama consulted her human mama who suggested bringing her in to get adjusted. Sorella’s pelvis was notably fixated and her gait was not nearly as smooth as it could be. Though she wasn’t showing signs of back pain, her body was giving slight signals that she was a little off in her low back as well.

 

After Sorella’s first few treatments, she was like a puppy again. She was getting into trouble she hadn’t in years and getting away with it! She’s had a few instances where an ear infection has been avoided or shortened because she gets adjusted. On one particular instance, Sorella began limping and crying for no particular reason. After checking her out, her front right shoulder and elbow were completely locked. Moments after her adjustment she was already feeling 85% better. Her fur mama knows the importance of keeping this girls spine protected, and we see her regularly for check-ups. Watching Sorella become a puppy again has given us the greatest joy, and seeing our favorite beagle sisters come into the clinic brings happiness to our hearts!

Lab With Hot Spots

Chi- The Yellow Lab with Hot Spots

Lab With Hot SpotsThis gorgeous lady lab is Chi, pronounced “shy”. When we first met her, she was most definitely a shy girl, very nervous and a little bit uncertain. She had been re-homed at the age of 11 simply because her previous fur parents were unable to give her the care or love she needed. After finding her perfect forever home, her new mom went to work completely overhauling her diet and lifestyle. Chi went from a dry, grain-filled kibble diet to a dehydrated raw and now a raw diet. She transition slowly but well. She began to get some exercise as well and was socialized with her new fur moms other pups. In addition she began to get adjusted. Chi had a horrible hot spot on her paw that was big, red, hot, and oozy. She constantly licked and it never had a chance to heal. While her previous owners dismissed the wound, her new mom knew she could do more and thought perhaps it was more of a nerve issue than anything else. She couldn’t have been more correct. Through regular adjustments, Chi spent less time wearing a cone and began to leave her paw alone for longer periods of time and it was able to heal. Though it took a few months, Chi’s paw is entirely healed and she leaves it alone now. Her energy levels are through the roof, she’s openly greets visitors when they come over rather than hiding in her kennel, and she’s overall a much friendlier and happier dog. We are so happy she was re-homed, especially in her golden years, and even happier that her new mom wanted to make them the best years possible.

Airedale and Arthritis

Duke the Airedale and His Arthritis

DukeAversaDuke here is a “senior” Airedale. When first meeting Duke, he was struggling and really having a hard time with his aching body. He was slow, a bit lethargic, and quite shaky in his back end. Arthritis seemed to be the least of his problems. His fur mom was really sad watching him age and was hoping there was something that could be done to help his quality of life. Duke had multiple areas of structural shifting going on, primarily in his pelvis, triggering his shakiness and likely making it difficult for him to move as easily as he once had. After his first adjustment, Duke’s mom reported a different dog had come home with her. He was energetic, excited, and even a little bit playful. The tension in his back had disappeared and the shaking was also gone. Duke had decided he wanted to walk more and even started to run around the backyard again. His eyes seemed lighter and his general body became less tight as his pelvis started to stabilize. This guy continues to get adjusted each month because it helps him keep his puppy-like demeanor, something we are so happy he was able to find again!

Seizures and Shakiness

Fluke the Hound and his Struggle with Seizures and Shakiness

Dog Seizures and ShakinessThis handsome fellow is Fluke. He is part great dane and part hound, an absolutely perfect mix. With large floppy ears and a voice that will melt your heart, Fluke is definitely a sight for sore eyes. Now this big guy is middle-aged as far as we are concerned and had been a long time sufferer of seizures, ear issues, and severe stiffness and shaking in his back legs. At first Fluke was a little hesitant with us, uncertain of what was going on and truly dealing with some hidden pain. His legs were arthritic and his cervical spine severely rotated, likely contributing to both his ear problems and his seizures. After his first few adjustments, Fluke was like a new pup. His shaking had gone down, his legs moved better, he could sit without completely flopping down, and his ears had lost almost all of their redness. Fluke has only had two incidences since beginning his chiropractic journey where he experienced a seizure and both times occurred right before his adjustment. After figuring out the timing, Fluke’s fur mama decided to move his adjustment up by one week to see if this would alleviate the issue and thus far it has done the trick. Fluke is now completely willing to be worked on, he doesn’t mind having his paws touched or his back end wiggled. He has even decided to start greeting folks by standing up so that he can be eye level. Fluke is definitely feeling better on all counts and we love that he has become such an integral part of our lives because he brings such joy to everyone he meets!

Arthritis In Older Dogs

Mac and Indie, “Senior” Pups Struggling With Arthritis

Arthritis In Older DogsArthritis In Senior DogsMeet McKinley and India, also known as Mac and Indie. These two massive furballs are some of the sweetest pups in all the land. Both of these babies are in their “senior” years because of their size. Because of how large they are, Mac and Indie’s fur parents heard about chiropractic and thought it would be a great compliment to their lives. Mac suffers from serious arthritis in both of his knees and a lot of stiffness in his back. He limped regularly and was incredibly cautious with stairs. Despite being older, Indie was in better shape than Mac, though still had the beginning stages of arthritis. As prevention for one and palliative for the other, chiropractic has helped them both tremendously. Though the treatments cannot reverse the arthritis already present, what it can do is help stabilize the joints while also returning any structural shifts away from normal back to where they should be. When that imbalance is restored, the body will not need to form additional arthritis to help accommodate weight shifting. Now when these two see their favorite animal chiropractor coming down the drive they absolutely go nuts. Mac will rush down the stairs to say hello and Indie can’t help but run and jump around like a puppy. Though a limp will show up once in a while, Mac is able to recover quickly and Indie remains in tip top shape.

Dog Shoulder and Hip Pain

Reed the Airedale with Shoulder and Hip Pain

Dog Shoulder and Hip PainMeet Reed the Airedale. Reed here is edging into his senior years and will be turning twelve this year. When he began to limp and not put weight on his foot, his mom was worried he may be aging a bit too fast for her or his liking. The limp had been going on for about a week and his limb was tender to touch, while at the same time his lower back was also appearing quite weak.

When his fur mom first brought him to our mom, she suspected he had a pretty severe nerve impingement right from the getgo. The limp was bad and he was compensating for this all over the rest of his body. After his first, very gentle, adjustment, Reed began to show huge signs of improvement. He was putting weight on his foot and his pain levels had reduced drastically. After his second visit Reed was like a new dog, not only had the limp completely disappeared, but also his pain was nonexistent and his back end appeared to have grown stronger. By his third visit his mom told ours that Reed was acting like a puppy and she hadn’t seen him have such good energy levels for quite some time. Now he gets seen to help keep his body in tip-top shape and maintain his puppy like attitude. We absolutely adore Reed and love seeing his little beard and big smile every month!

Dog Back Pain

Lincoln & His Back Pain

Dog Back PainThis little man right here is one of our moms very special clients, Lincoln. He’s a man with an attitude and loves his family dearly. When Lincoln was not feeling his best his fur parents were incredibly concerned. He had started to hunch in his back, limp occasionally, and had little interest in jumping onto the furniture. He seemed lethargic and not himself at all, in fact he had even had accidents in the house a time or two (something that was not normal for him). After visiting the vet he was diagnosed with a disc issue and informed that he may never recover, and would possibly need a wheelcart. Well his fur mom was not going to take such news without a fight. She immediately began reaching out to see what else could be done for her little Lincoln Log, and that’s when she was referred to our mom. Lincoln definitely had signs of a slight disc bulge and even a bit of a nerve impingement, but nothing appeared too serious at his first adjustment. He was in a slight bit of pain and discomfort and his back had started to hunch significantly while his neck was having serious trouble turning to either side. His muscles were flared up and his whole body was guarded. After a couple of treatments, Lincoln was practically a new dog. His energy was up, he could move his head without crying, and his back had straightened itself out. He didn’t fuss when being adjusted and his pain seemed to be completely gone. As an active six year old, Lincoln was finally able to enjoy the things he had come to love, such as jumping up on furniture and going for walks with mom. Lincoln still sees our mom to keep everything in check, after all he does have a tendency to play pretty hard, and we know our mom just loves him and his entire family!

Greyhound & Arthritis

Oliver The Italian Greyhound & Arthritis

Greyhound & ArthritisOliver here is a handsome Italian greyhound. He is a senior (but don’t tell him that) and was starting to slow down and just not act like his normal self. For an older pup, Oliver had always had energy up the wazoo. He liked to walk, run, and play with his human family. In the middle of the summer he started to struggle with his hind end and had lost a lot of his playfulness. Worried that his arthritis was getting the best of him, his fur parents decided to start looking at other options to help improve his quality of life. When they ended up meeting our mom, Oliver was a little nervous and was very sore in his lower back and back legs. He did a great job while getting adjusted and our mom could tell he was going to do just fantastic. With every visit, Oliver was improving. He was jumping, walking, running, going upstairs, and his playfulness had been sparked again. Oliver could finally move with ease again because his skeletal system was moving better and pressure had been released. Oliver continues to get adjusted to maintain all the work that has been done and because he does notably better when under a regular care schedule. We love this stud muffin and are so happy to have him in our family!

Chihuahua Shoulder Issues

Vinnie The Stud Chihuahua & His Shoulder Issues

Chihuahua Shoulder IssuesVinnie here is quite the stud muffin when it comes to all things Chihuahua. He has his mom’s heart in his paw and when he was hurting she was beside herself trying to find whatever she could to help make him feel better. It was during a painful episode where he literally couldn’t put any weight on his front paw and was holding it up in pain that she found our mom. Vinnie had had surgery before on his shoulder because it so frequently dislocated, and unfortunately there was a lot of scar tissue irritating that joint. During his exam our mom noted he had a lot of inflammation and heat radiating from his shoulder and that the tension in his lower neck was incredibly high. His shoulder actually popped in and out and made a clicking sound. After being adjusted a few times he began to put more weight on that front leg and use it more frequently. It took some time but the pain began to decrease and shortly his shoulder had strengthened enough where the muscles surrounding the joint were cradling the humeral head, helping to keep it from clicking and popping. His shoulder regained a great deal of mobility and his neck began to release. As his muscle tone improved so did his overall health. His back leg even had luxating patella and that too began to stabilize. Vinnie has been seeing our mom for several months now and continues to improve and become feistier with every visit. He still holds his fur mom in his little paw, rightfully so, and is beginning to tolerate our mom too!