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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!

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Monti Blu the Mastiff with Seizures and Ear Troubles

dogseizuresWe’d like to cordially introduce you to Monti Blu. Monti here is a rescue mastiff that is nearly 100 pounds of straight loving. Monti started having seizures this year in addition to having horribly infected ears and a scratchy coat with a huge hunch in his back. In other words, Monti was a mess. His mom and dad wanted Monti to have every chance at a great life, and since he’s only four, they figured better start now!

 

Monti’s first visit occurred the morning after he had multiple seizures in a row the day before. He had been on a cocktail of medications but none had seemed to help and most just left him exhausted and lethargic, yet restless to the point where he couldn’t sleep. The seizures started out of nowhere this past year and couldn’t be link to any one specific event, which is why we thought there may be a structural component to why they were happening. (Check out our blogs on seizures for more information on how structure can alter brain conductivity!) He had struggled with ear issues for some time and also a very scratchy, dandruff filled coat.

 

We started seeing Monti Blu every other week for the first two months, and during that time frame he didn’t have a single seizure. He began to sleep soundly for the first time in months and he had more energy than he had ever had previously. Carefully, we began to spread Monti’s adjustments out to see if he would hold. During the next four months, Monti only had two seizures and they were quite mild compared to before. He came out of them quickly and seemed to normalize without much trouble. During this time his ears also began to clear and thanks to the addition of coconut and fish oil, Monti’s coat no longer had any dry skin. In a matter of four months, Monti’s entire life changed just because his parents trusted chiropractic to help, and it did! We love Mr. Monti Blu and look forward to helping him age gracefully and hopefully near seizure-free!

Molly the Westie Not Acting Her Age

mollywerenka1Oh miss Molly. What can we say about you that isn’t explained perfectly by this adorable photo. She’s fashion forward, she’s true to her heritage, and she is one heck of a sparkplug. Molly started to see us because she had really started to slow down. She was hardly playing, didn’t want to run, and overall had become a senior dog overnight. Now if we are being completely honest, Molly is technically considered a senior dog, afterall she is 13. That being said, she’d never really shown or acted her age before, and when that happened her fur mom decided maybe there was more to be done for her girl.

 

Molly walked in a little unstable, a little slow, and even dragging in her hind a little bit. She had also been a long time sufferer of ear infections, specifically in her right ear. Now these infections never truly went away and she has always been very sensitive about any pressure being put over this ear. Within her first two adjustments miss Molly was like a new dog.

 

Her fur mom said she began to play again, run around, and actually would seek out her toys for some rough housing. Over the course of her care, Molly’s ear infections have gotten significantly better. Prior to starting chiropractic care, her ear was practically blocked and incredibly oozy. Now it is less painful, less oozy, and much more tolerable. Her gait has stabilized and she’s a much happier and more active pup. We love this little sassypants, and are so glad she’s feeling much more her true age (rather than the one on paper).

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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!

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Libby the Boxer & Her Chronic Ear Infections

Chronic Ear Infections In DogsThis is Libby. Libby is an adorable boxer that loves to give kisses and hugs. She started seeing our mom because she was very prone to ear infections, so much so that her ears were in a near constant state of inflammation. They were red, pussy, and she HATED having them cleaned because they were so tender. Her fur parents decided to give chiropractic a try to see if there was something more going on causing her ear infections. They’d already addressed her nutritional issues and this seemed to be the logical next step. Well they made a great decision because little by little miss Libby’s ear infections become less frequent. The redness died down and her ears began to open up and clear. She no longer had the itching, the pain, or the sensitivity to her ears being touched and this was a huge relief. She continues to be seen for protection to help prevent future ear infections and in the meantime hasn’t had a single one. We are so glad Libby found our mom and that she could be helped through chiropractic!