Heidi’s Paralysis

heidigrossHeidi here is one of our walking miracles. We say this because she had paralysis in both her front and back limbs. Heidi was fine one minute and the next her fur mom went to go let her in from outside and she couldn’t move. There was no rhyme or reason, no injury, no accident, just a little dachschund that could no longer stand up. After immediately rushing to the vet there was little that could be discerned other than a likely ruptured disc, a tumor, or something attacking her spinal cord. After running a myriad of tests there was still no definitive answer, and with that the veterinarian suggested trying chiropractic. He knew the importance of spinal alignment for the nervous system function, and realized that the reason a disc may have burst could easily have been from misalignment and lead to the paralysis.

At her first adjustment Heidi could hardly drag herself along. She couldn’t maintain a stand when put into the position, and her limbs were all fairly flaccid. Heidi was in severe pain in her neck and in her lower midback. Both areas were fixated and she had little to no spinal movement. She adjusted well and was sent home knowing this was going to be a long road. Well Heidi didn’t like that plan, she decided she didn’t like being an invalid. By the next weeks adjustment Heidi was walking. Though the gait was unsteady, she was actually lifting herself up and walking throughout the front lobby.

After her second adjustment she started running and her walking gait steadied. By her fourth visit Heidi was jumping again. You would never know this was the same girl that we had seen just one month prior. Heidi defied all odds and she continues to maintain her spinal alignment with monthly adjustments. We are ecstatic that she came so far so quickly, something that is certainly not the norm. The importance of alignment is shown clearly in her case. When joints don’t move properly, the discs become the victims and can easily bulge. A bulging disc can overtime turn into a herniated one, and a herniated one can easily become ruptured. The best thing fur parents can do is to make sure their babies get checked up now and again to ensure spinal alignment is good to go. Heidi here is a prime example!

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!

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Ellie The Frenchie & Her Spondylosis

EllieMertzThis big eared and bright-eyed girl is Ellie. Ellie is in the early part of her elder years and she has long dealt with spondylosis. This is a broad term used to describe several conditions in the spine, often including narrowing of the spinal canal, spinal stenosis, early stage arthritis, and overall degenerative changes leading to pain and stiffness.

In Ellie’s case, her bones had begun to fuse and the disc space that should have been between each vertebrae had narrowed tremendously. This resulted in severe arthritis in her spine and very limited range of motion. She received steroids to help her condition, and they often did, though only temporarily. As she aged, her fur mama was concerned with the repetitive use of the steroids and what that was doing to her Ellie’s body. Though not completely sold on chiropractic care, her mama decided she was willing to give it a shot to see if this alternative could help her baby girl. Ellie did wonderfully. She started to move better, became more fluid and have greater stability, and she was even able to recover quicker after a spill. She began to be more puppy like than she’d been in quite some time and this warmed everyone’s hearts. Ellie was finally able to get some relief from the severe arthritis without having to undergo any invasive procedures or be on medication constantly. Inherently, structure will determine function, so when the structure shifts away from normal, function will too. With adjustments, we have been able to restore some of the normalcy into Ellie’s spine and thus help return some higher functioning into her daily life. Ellie is truly a light in our day and we are so glad her fur mama took a chance on chiropractic, for if she hadn’t those big ears would have never been apart of our journey.

Return to Puppyhood

Merlin The Great Dane & His Return to Puppyhood

Return To PuppyhoodThis handsome man here is Merlin, a towering great dane that was having some serious struggles throughout puppyhood. When Merlin first began seeing our mom, his parents were at a loss. They had done everything imaginable to help him with his problems, and yet nothing was making a difference. You see Merlin struggled with his back end so much so that even at only nine months old he had no interest or ability to play. He was constantly tired and acting more like a nine-year-old dog than a puppy. He didn’t really seem all that interested in food and his back curled up so high that he was almost in a U shape. His back knees practically kissed one another when he walked and he was limping constantly. Both of his elbows had huge sacks of fluid surrounding them that wouldn’t go away. Merlin was a mess, and after all the tests and doctors, no answers could be found, according to his results one would expect a completely healthy dog. Merlin began seeing our mom as a last ditch effort to help improve his quality of life. It took some time and some getting used to, but throughout his visits Merlin began to improve. His back began to flatten, he put on some weight, his knees weren’t so knocked, and he was finally behaving like a puppy again. He wanted to play and could do it. He could get up and get down without a serious struggle and the limping improved drastically. As his muscle tone got better, so did he. Merlin continues to see our mom because he does have a long way to go, however, we are so happy to see this dane smiling again and able to finally act like a puppy should!

Chihuahua Paraplegia Struggle

Jalapeno The Chihuahua & Her Paraplegia Struggle

Chihuahua Paraplegia StruggleHello lovely Jalapeno! Jalapeno is a stunning little Chihuahua with a diva walk and so much love to spare. Needless to say, when she started to lose all control of her hind limbs, her mom and dad were worried. She couldn’t bring her paws back to normal after being curled under, she could only drag herself around, and her bowel control was iffy at best. Everything had happened quickly and no one knew what exactly was happening. It was suspected that this little chichi bomb may have had a disc rupture, but nothing was certain. After her very first adjustment, Jalapeno began to feel and move better. She began to regain control of her hind limbs and was walking without dragging herself. Though her gait is still wobbly and occasionally she has accidents in the house, Jalapeno has come lightyears from where she started. Her parents have even shown our mom video of miss Jalapeno being told it’s time for her chiropractic appointment and she lights up with excitement. Though not 100%, Jalapeno is proof of what chiropractic and loving parents can do for the little guy, or in this case, girl.

Excitement Pee

Ziggy & His Incontinence or “Excitement Pee”

Excitement PeeOne of our moms very first patients was suffering from incontinence. Now this dog was 1.5 years old and had been housebroken long before this started happening. His owners told our mom how he had taken a few hard tumbles off the couch and not long after had started urinating every single time someone came home. Could you imagine? That’s at least 5 times a day! And he would go everywhere…on the couch, his dad’s pants, the carpet, even on freshly done laundry. His owners didn’t know what to do…and after talking with our mom they decided perhaps something structurally was wrong causing the problem.

After his very first adjustment this puppy didn’t urinate in the house for 5 whole days! His owners were so excited and couldn’t believe their eyes. Now the puppy has been adjusted three times and has not lost control of his bladder even once in the past two months. He is now under regular chiropractic care and will continue to be as his owners understand how serious a structural shift can be and what it can do to their pups health.

Dog Paralysis

Pistol Pete & His Paralysis

Dog Paralysis

Perhaps one of our greatest stories as of yet is the one our mom just told us about today. Something she’s been seeing a lot of lately is dogs with paraplegia. Now they haven’t always been paralyzed necessarily, and usually it’s something that seems to come from nowhere and act fast. That’s what happened to this little guy, “Pistol Pete”. Pete is a six year young doxie with a happy attitude and nothing but excitement for life. One evening his parents came home to find him on the floor, trying to drag himself around, because he suddenly had lost all control of his hind legs. After visiting their veterinarian, it was decided surgery was not an option as the window for success had been passed.They took Pete to a specialty veterinarian as well, a neurologist, who agreed with that assessment.

Not knowing what to do they were referred to our mom, maybe, just maybe, chiropractic could help Pete. Our mom talked with their mom for a while, about how Pete may or may not be one of those success stories, the only way to tell would be to dive right in and give it a try. Pete had several areas with structural shifting, surrounded by inflammation, and muscle atrophy in his pelvis and lower back specifically. He had no deep pain feeling in his hind end, was unable to control his bowel and bladder fully, and was very confused.

He was a fantastic chiropractic patient, and our mom put together an essential oil blend to be used daily for Pete. After his first adjustment Pete was able to control his bowel and bladder, though not able to express himself on his own. After his second adjustment, remnants of his deep pain reflex began to show up in his hind limbs. After his third adjustment, our mom recommended Pete get laser treatments in addition to the adjustment and essential oils. He just had his fourth adjustment, and for the first time in over a month Pete was able to control his bladder and urinate on his own without someone having to express it for him. Now Pete is still a work in progress and has a long way to go, but with each passing day he is getting stronger and showing a glimpse of the pup he once was. Being a dog, he has never lost his spirit. His mom and dad have outfitted him with a great set of wheels and this little guy will be motoring around in no time, and hopefully next time we will have even more great news to share. For now, we couldn’t be more excited and the future looks bright for this little doxie.

UPDATE ON PISTOL PETE:

Pete, the doxie above, is in dire need of an update. Several months after first being seen and going partially paralytic, Pete is now walking. Pistol is now even RUNNING! Yes that’s right. To watch this little guy make moves check out our youtube channel:

Kitten Radial Hypodysplasia

Watson The Kitten & His Radial Hypodysplasia

Kitten Radial HypodysplasiaFinally, another one of our own. We’d like you to meet Watson, a very cute kitten with a very interested disease called radial hypoplasia. At eight months old, Watson is no different than any other kitten, except for the minor detail that his front paws fold inward, he has prosthetics, and walks on two feet like a human. Besides that he plays, he jumps, he cuddles, and he loves just like any other kitten. Watson was first introduced to our mom because his own fur mama ran into her at The Pet Beastro. They got to chatting and decided it was a good idea to get him under chiropractic care, the sooner the better. That very next week Watson came in and got his first ever adjustment. Now Watson had been to multiple specialists and naturally was loved by all, and he most definitely has a special spot in our mom’s heart too. He was incredibly sensitive throughout his spine, in fact the lightest of touches caused a big muscular reaction, and he had twitches constantly. Watson had to be treated a bit differently because his actual anatomy had changed to compensate for his condition. Because he was using his hind legs predominantly, Watson had begun to develop a lumbar curvature, just like toddlers do when they begin to walk. Cats are not meant to have this extra curve in their spine, in fact their discs are much thinner than a humans and are not meant to experience compressive forces. The normal anatomy allows for shearing forces across the spine due to the four-legged weight bearing. When this changes, everything gets thrown off kilter. Needless to say Watson is a perfect chiropractic candidate. Multiple adjustments in and he is feeling frisky as ever, in fact feeling a bit too adventurous at times jumping off countertops and doing unnecessary acrobats. To learn more about Watson, radial hypoplasia, and other disorders, check out his fur mama’s website: Handi-Cat, and follow her on instagram!

Chihuahua Paralysis

Grace The Chihuahua & Her Paralysis

Chihuahua ParalysisThis sassy little girl is Gracie, a chihuahua with a great deal of spunk. She came to our mom because she had lost the majority of function in her hind legs. There was no rhyme or reason as to why Gracie could no longer walk normally or even hold herself up, but trust us she was not happy about this change. You see Gracie was very much a diva, and she did not like change in her life, especially when it altered her ability to move around! Her fur mama decided she would try getting Gracie adjusted and hoped that that would help with her partial paralysis. After her very first adjustment Gracie had begun to use her legs again. Though it was by no means perfect, her perseverance was clear as by the time she came back for another adjustment she was able to walk again! Though the walk may not have been as straight as before, the wiggle she developed matched her sassy personality. Gracie continues to improve and has been moving and grooving just as any princess should!

Doxie Disc Disease

Coney the doxie and his disc disease

Doxie Disc DiseaseThis past week our mom had the pleasure of meeting two very special pups, each with his and her own unique story. First we’d like to tell you about Coney. Coney is a lovely little dachshund approximately three years old. He’d never had any major health issues but had on occasion limped on three legs and held his one hind limb up. Over one holiday weekend, Coney went from totally fine to limping and lethargic. He couldn’t get up and down the stairs, couldn’t jump, and really couldn’t walk steadily. His family decided something just wasn’t right after several days of no improvement. That’s when they figured they’d try a different avenue and bring him to our mom, the animal chiropractor. He did great during his first treatment, was a little nervous but overall handled everything well. Within two days Coney was going up the stairs and even jumping up and onto his parents’ laps again. At his second appointment, Coney was visibly feeling better, greeting everyone and smiling. Two adjustments and this little man is walking almost 100% and almost entirely pain free. Yay Coney!