Chloe with Disc Disease and her Partial Paralysis

Chloe came to see us in the fall of 2017 partially paralyzed in her hind end. This little munchkin is a “senior” chihuahua but there’s nothing senior about her. She had no history of back end issues or lameness. What began as a wobbly walk turned into total paresis within 24 hours. After visiting the neurologist she was diagnosed with IVDD and likely a disc rupture that would require an MRI and surgery. Chloe’s owner wasn’t sold however and wanted to try the alternative route first.

At her first visit Chloe did not have any use in her back legs and she would drag herself everywhere. She had mild deep pain response and was severely hunch backed. She was sweet as ever but we could tell she was uncomfortable. After just her first visit Chloe was showing signs of improvement. Over the next two weeks Chloe was adjusted 4 times, and by her fifth visit she was standing and able to walk without knuckling.

After a total of seven adjustments her owner reported a 95% return to normal with only the occasional hesitation with stairs or jumping. Chloe was never on any medications nor did she do anything outside of her normal routine aside from chiropractic adjustments. It is absolutely amazing what can be done without ever needing surgery with dogs dealing with disc issues, and Chloe is a prime example!

Watch Chloe’s before and after video below!

Flyn the Dachshund and Intervertebral Disc Disease

Flyn here is one of many dachshunds we see in the practice. Dachshunds are known for back issues, specifically intervertebral disc disease, and because of this tend to be one of the most prevalent breeds in the animal chiropractic world. Flyn’s mom was no stranger to animal chiropractic and dachshunds, and when Flyn began showing symptoms of IVDD she immediately contacted us.

 

He started out with slight lameness in his back legs that quickly progressed to malfunction and dragging. Within a week Flyn went from just a little wobbly to walking like he was drunk while also being in severe pain. He was diagnosed with IVDD via an xray taken and because his mom wanted to avoid anything drastic due to Flyn’s young age and otherwise healthy body, she went the alternative route.

 

Between Flyn’s moms dedication and his three chiropractic treatments, he was back to himself within three weeks. Flyn’s issues were caught early, and because of this, he was able to recover quite quickly, with little pain or discomfort, and has had quite lasting results. He continues to jump, run, and play as his brothers and sisters do, and has yet to show any signs of a relapse. When it comes to IVDD, knowing the symptoms and early intervention is key! Check out our blog on the topic to see how your pet could benefit from alternative treatments.

Annie’s Partial Paralysis Reversal

Annie the sweet weim was always a healthy girl. She was active, happy, and never had any real health problems until she hit about nine years old. Suddenly she lost function in her back legs and things were looking quite bleak. Her fur dad sees a chiropractor himself and when he made mention of the issues his sweet girl was having, his chiropractor recommended a visit for Annie as well. Because of that referral, Annie has a new lease at life.

 

Annie came to see us one night and she had very little control of her hind end. She had to be helped up and supported underneath her backside in order to move forward. It was as if her back end and her brain were not communicating, or more accurately it was like her brain was speaking English when her back end only spoke German. Though Annie did have feeling in her back paws, once again her conventional options were limited.

 

Annie was probably one of the closest things to a miracle dog we have ever seen. Larger dogs struggling with paralysis often have a much harder time regaining function than small dogs simply because of size. Carrying around a much larger load makes it difficult to exercise without causing too much damage. Annie, however, defied the odds and within one week of her first adjustment was back up and walking with no added support. After two adjustments Annie was back to her normal self. It’s hard to believe she went from paralyzed to walking in less than one week without any medications or surgery. Check out her before and after video to watch Annie’s progress.

Annie’s Before and After

Daisy the Doxie Walks Again After IVDD

This little weenie pup is Daisy. She is sassy, sweet, and leader of her pack at home. So when she became partially paralyzed in her back end things did not look good. After visiting the conventional veterinarian, Daisy’s parents were told that they needed to do a serious surgery or euthanize. Sadly because of her paralysis this clinic even refused to trim her nails until a decision was made. Fed up and truly upset, Daisy’s family began asking around and looking at other options, which is when they found chiropractic.

 

Daisy had very little feeling in her back legs and wasn’t moving them at all on her first visit. She exhibited all the symptoms associated with a ruptured disc including a severe roaching of her lower back. She was curved in almost a U-shape. Daisy was not in any pain but she had lost all function.

 

On visit two Daisy was already pulling her legs underneath her. By her third visit she was able to get on top of her knees and by visit four Daisy was walking like a drunkard. Within six visits Daisy went from partially paralyzed to walking like her normal self. She was not on any medication and aside from chiropractic was not doing any other conventional treatments. Her fur parents were diligent and hopeful, and we are so thankful they put their trust in our hands! Watch a video of Daisy’s progress to truly see what a miracle she is!

Daisy Before and After Chiropractic Care

Maddie’s Paws Made for Walking!

Meet Maddie. This little spitfire came to us with little to no function in her back legs. It had happened suddenly and without warning. Fortunately for Maddie, her family had dealt with a similar situation with their other dog a few years prior. When they were told her only options were surgery or euthanasia, they disagreed heartily. The same had been presented for their other dog years before and they opted to do what they could without surgery and make her as comfortable as possible. Lucky for their other pup, they had the wherewithal to do water therapy and physical therapy daily. The dog regained her footing and never went under the knife.

 

When a similar situation happened to Maddie, they were prepared for the bad news from the conventional doctor and were ready to defy expectations again. This time around they also added in chiropractic to Maddie’s healing process. Maddie was in significant discomfort, and she desperately wanted to walk, but her poor little legs just wouldn’t function. She had a serious disc bulge that may have even ruptured. From the outsider things didn’t look good, however, her family had hope.

 

Maddie underwent chiropractic care for approximately one month, and in that month she went from immobile to walking and running like a champ. Between her daily physical therapy and her adjustments, Maddie has regained full function and her family couldn’t be happier. We love this little lady and are so happy to see her kicking puppy butt in all walks of life! Watch her before and after video below to see her amazing progress.

Maddie Before and After Chiropractic Visits!

Jemma and her Severe Disc Disease

Jemma girl here is one special little lady. Jemma came to us in the winter, unable to lift her head and hardly wagging her tail. She was timid, scared, and in a LOT of pain. She was in a constant state of spasm in her neck and even the slightest amount of pressure would cause her to cry out. Jemma was on a large list of medications, none of which seemed to be helping her at all, and she was basically being crated all day to prevent her from further injury. At one point her fur dad was told she may need to be put down because she wasn’t improving.

 

Jemma’s dad refused to accept that as the final answer. He started searching for alternatives and found animal chiropractic. At Jemma’s first visit, we could see how bad she really was. She couldn’t lift her head beyond horizontal with her body and her little ears were folded back. Her muscles were twitching and she couldn’t help but whine in pain. This looked like some severe disc problems in this seven year old otherwise healthy girl.

 

Working very gently, Jemma was adjusted weekly for about six weeks. With each visit she started to improve, slowly at first but then the ball started rolling. She could lift her head, she was eating, and her muscles hardly twitched. Between icing, traction, and regular chiropractic, Jemma started to be a dog again. Her fur dad was able to stop all of her medications going forward and even then she continued to improve. Now Jemma is back to her normal self, she can jump and wiggle without an ounce of pain, and she can wander the house without being crated anymore. Most importantly, she can play with her puppy brother again. Jemma was not a lost cause, and there was so much more life left for her to live, it was just a matter of finding the right method to relieve her of her pain!

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Bullet and his Neck Pain

neck painBullet the beagle, an avid hunter, digger, and squirrel chaser. This guy really frightened his parents when he started screaming and crying at even the slightest touch to his neck. He couldn’t raise his head above a certain level, couldn’t turn his head side to side, and truly couldn’t be touched without going into a fit of cries. Their poor boy was in so much pain they were beside themselves on what to do. Medication wasn’t helping and none of the traditional options that they were given seemed to be working. At that point they decided to try chiropractic care for Bullet.

 

At his first visit Bullet was incredibly friendly but could hardly move his head at all. He was sad, low-hanging, and spasmed from his neck all the way to his lower back. In addition to his nerve impingement problem, Bullet also had a partially torn cruciate ligament in his back leg. If that weren’t enough this guy was just in a whole bundle of pain and we knew the healing process was going to take some time.

 

After his first three adjustments Bullet walked in with his head held high and spasm down to a minimum. He didn’t cry while being worked on and he could move his neck without any restriction. The pain he had been feeling had been greatly diminished and his parents were able to remove the medication from his regimen. It didn’t take long before Bullet was back to his normal antics of running, jumping and digging. Even with all of this activity his neck remains healthy and stable and his back legs are all on the ground as they’ve been able to heal naturally!

Trumbull and his Knuckling Under

This handsome fellow is Trumbull. He is a senior great dane that has been dealing with an unsteady gait. On occasion his front paws will knuckle under when he’s walking which will cause him to trip on himself and go down. Now when you’re a big great dane that little trip is a big deal. His fur parents are very in tune with their gentle giant, and figured chiropractic might be a good option in addition to his monthly massages.

 

On his first visit we could see how uncomfortable Trumbull was. He’s a big boy with a not so little-sister, another dane that loves to play. Being in his senior years, Trumbull cannot handle excessive play like he once did. He had multiple areas that were arthritic and also minor pinched nerves throughout his neck, which is why his paw would knuckle under in exaggerated form.

 

Trumbull gets adjusted at least once, sometimes twice each month, to keep everything moving as well as it can. He still knuckles on occasion but over the past couple of years he has maintained a wonderful quality of life. He moves smoothly and has a pep in his step, something that makes us very happy. We love Trumbull and are ecstatic we’ve been able to help him through these last couple years!

Jake the West Highland Terrier and his Pain

back painMeet Jake. This spicy little westie is an absolutely wonderful man. He is well-loved and well taken care of, and when Jake was really suffering from significant pain and discomfort his fur mom became quite concerned. Jake would cry for no reason or even at the slightest touch of his body. He didn’t want to play and started to become a dog version of a hermit. He was aloof, easily perturbed, and truly showing his age all of a sudden.

 

Jake’s mom brought him to see us in addition to his monthly acupuncture treatment. At his first adjustment we were a little worried he may be too tender, in too much pain, and uncomfortable to even be adjusted, but this perfect man powered through and didn’t let out one peep. He visibly relaxed, allowed the treatment, and gave a big shake afterward. Within his first few visits, it appeared the hands of time were set on rewind for Jake. He didn’t cry when he was brushed, touched, or handled. The random yelps weren’t happening anymore and he had even started initiating play again.

 

Jake is by no means 100% back to his puppy self. He has good days and not so good days, but overall he has improved to the point where his quality of life is excellent. He plays, he runs and he romps. He is back to cuddling (on his own terms of course) and for the most part he is back to his happy self. We love his visits and couldn’t imagine our life without this perfect dude!

Max the Terrier and his Bad Back

maxrusselOh Max, what can we say about this boy that hasn’t already been said. Max was referred to us because he was depending on medication and steroid injections just to get by. His fur parents saw him improve, but it would only be temporary and was lasting for shorter and shorter amounts of time. Max was on not just one but several medications when we first met him and his parents were anxious to do anything they could to improve his quality of life while also potentially getting him off of his medications. We are so thankful they were referred our way because it gave us the opportunity to fall in love with this sweet and wonderful boy.

 

As Max had gotten older, his little body had started to give him some trouble. He was arthritic, inflamed, and what seemed to be constantly uncomfortable. He would limp randomly and also was walking less and less. With his overall health in mind, his parents decided to try chiropractic and see if it would be the answer they had been looking for. On Max’s first visit we couldn’t believe quite how sensitive he was from head to tail. His back was like a field filled with structural instability landmines. We knew we could help this little munchkin, it was just a matter of time.

 

After adjustment one Max was already showing big signs of improvement. He was moving easier, acting happier, and even walking more. After his third adjustment his parents had been able to ween him off his pain medications entirely. Through continued maintenance, Max is back to how he was a few years ago; a furball full of energy, excitement, and loving life. We were just told today that Max has not had to have any steroid injections since he started getting adjusted and we just couldn’t contain our excitement. To see Max come so far in such a short period of time was inspirational. Just because you have a senior dog, does not mean he cannot adapt and come back to a more normal structure with stability. When that happens, the sky is the limit!