Ellie the Shepherd Pup with a Knee Injury

Ellie was dealing with serious lameness and non weight bearing in her one hind leg. She was no stranger to limping as she is a two year old shepherd that LOVES to rough house with her 3 year old shepherd brother. The two are crazy and often times will come up with some sort of lameness. Something was different about this limp though, she wasn’t getting any better, in fact her limp appeared to be regressing. At that point, her parents decided to try chiropractic.

Ellie’s first visit was very typical of a pup with a cruciate tear. Her muscle tone had huge differences side to side, in fact it was inches of difference. She was very tender at her knee joint and had some mild gapping. Aside from all of this, she truly didn’t let it change her personality. Ellie was adjusted once a week for three weeks, and in that time period the change was astonishing. She went from non weight bearing to toe tapping, to fully weight bearing in three weeks. Her playfulness returned and her muscle tone was well on its way to recovery.

Ellie is one of many dogs dealing with knee injuries. These are tricky injuries as they aren’t often given many options as far as healing and prognosis. 9 times out of 10, surgery is recommended. Medications such as NSAIDs, steroids, and muscle relaxers are often times recommended. For those that want to try another option before going that route, chiropractic can be a great option, just look at Ellie! Knee injuries are rarely a time sensitive injury, which means there is no harm in trying an alternative route first!

 

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Holden with Arthritis and a Cruciate Tear

It’s about time we introduced everyone to Holden. Don’t let his handsome face and boyish charm fool you, this senior dog was seriously on the struggle bus earlier this year. We received a phone call in the early spring regarding Holden. He was not weight-bearing on the right hind leg due to a cruciate tear and because of his fourteen years, was not a candidate for cruciate ligament surgery. He also did not travel well because he was horribly arthritic and it was uncomfortable for him to be in the car. Basically, Holden was a mess, and his parents were besides themselves trying to figure out what they could do to help him along his journey.

 

Holden had lost a significant amount of muscle by the time we met him. His strong leg was already weakened and unstable because of how much he had to favor it, and his injured leg had hardly any strength at all. He was only putting the tip of his toes down and that was on every seven or eight steps. Holden didn’t want to sit, lay down, or play. The simplest tasks were becoming hard for him. We explained how chiropractic can often help facilitate healing of the knee and cruciate ligament and stabilize the injury in situations such as Holden’s. Not only would an adjustment regimen help the injured leg improve, but it would also help with his arthritis and the rest of his ailments.

 

Because of the severity of Holden’s injury, we saw him three weeks in a row and then every other week for an additional month. At the end of those seven weeks this pup was fully weight bearing, walking, running, and sitting without trouble. His lameness was no longer present and his strength had returned. This fourteen year old was acting more like a six year old and you’d never have known that a few months earlier it seemed like he may be on his last leg. Between chiropractic and good parenting, Holden has been able to live a much better quality of life and he’s made 2017 a great year. Hoping 2018 turns out even better as he continues to maintain his strength and excitement!

Jaxson the Happy Lab and his Preventative Care!

Meet Jaxson, a handsome Labrador whose sole purpose in life is to make his family happy. He loves his off leash adventures and most importantly he remains incredibly active in his daily life. Jaxson has never had a specific issue, rather, he comes in because his moms know the importance of prevention and protection of his spine and extremities.

 

Jaxson is a very well-adjusted and well taken care of dog. He always has a couple of areas that need some work because of his active life. He also has a little sister that is a bundle of energy and LOVES to play. Between the two of them they are constantly wrestling, chasing one another, and tumbling. Because of this additional stressor Jaxson’s adjustments have helped him maintain some sense of stability.

 

Several months after Jaxson started getting adjusted he actually ended up having a really bad episode. He was crying and whimpering and was not the dog we have come to know and love. His mom quickly got him in to be adjusted, thinking that something structural was the problem. Within moments of his adjustment, his mom ran back into the clinic to let us know Jaxson had hopped right on into the car without any hesitation and he already seemed so much better. Though episodes like this can still happen, it shows how those under preventative care can bounce back faster than expected because their bodies are already in a close to normal state. We love Jaxson and his entire family, and we are so glad they decided to put their pups health in our hands!

Rocco and his Little Limp

Say hello to Rocco! Rocco here is a handsome little shih tzu that was having a horrible time with his front right leg. The little guy just could not get comfortable. He was limping, lame, and really not wanting to use that leg at all. His tail was tucked and his back started to hunch. Soon his back legs started to wobble and his gait was completely off. Being familiar with chiropractic herself, Rocco’s mom found us and gave us a call to bring him in!

 

Rocco was an absolute gem and a gentleman. Though a little nervous and showing signs of discomfort, he was able to be adjusted from head to tail. Within his first adjustment his back had already started to flatten and his limp was not nearly as bad. What a difference in such a short period of time! Now Rocco’s issues were a little more difficult because he had this habit of pushing himself to the limit when he was feeling good….so naturally he continued to reinjure himself time after time. Luckily his fur parents were very diligent and they iced him religiously as well as got him adjusted weekly for a period of time.

 

Two months after starting care, Rocco has made a complete recovery. He can play with his sister, he can jump, run, and tumble and is no worse for the wear. He continues to get adjusted once a month to maintain his progress and prevent a relapse. Rocco is a doll and we hope his story will give some hope to all those with a limp that just won’t resolve!

Gordon the Shepherd and his Pinched Nerve

Check out Gordon! He is a rescued shepherd that caught our hearts the moment we met him. He is an absolute Velcro dog and thinks he is only ten pounds. When Gordon started limping horribly, his fur mom was very concerned. It got to the point where within a few days Gordon wasn’t weight bearing hardly at all in his one front leg. His limp was horrible and he wasn’t getting up without help and didn’t come to greet mom at the door when she came home. The veterinarian couldn’t tell what was wrong and said they’d need an MRI and possibly surgery.

 

Not wanting to go that route unless there were no other options, Gordon’s mom gave us a call first. Gordon waltzed in non weight bearing on the one front leg and was in complete spasm throughout his neck. Upon further investigation, Gordon had always been a big puller on his lead. This had lead to a significant pinched nerve at the base of his neck.

 

After his first adjustment, Gordon began to weight bear about fifty percent of the time. Within three adjustments Gordon’s gait had completely resolved and he wasn’t limping any longer. He was getting up and greeting mom at the door and even running on his walks. His energy was back and overall he felt amazing again. All of this without ever having to go under the knife! Sometimes the simplest solutions are the ones we tend to ignore, we are so glad Gordon’s mom didn’t!

 

To watch a before and after video of Gordon- click here!

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Latte and Her Luxating Patella

luxatingpatellaLatte here is a spicy little cup-of-joe. She’s technically a senior dog but you would never know it based on her activity level and her energy. Latte has luxating patella in both of her back legs and she had started to have a lot of trouble with stairs, jumping on furniture, and even going on walks. She was limping and even a little lethargic, and would occasionally cry out in pain. Without knowing what exactly to do to help, her fur family decided to give chiropractic a try.

 

Latte was slow to get up and unsteady when she moved at her first visit. She hesitated to get into a sit and was struggling to stand from a down position. Her muscles in her hind legs had experienced significant atrophy during the years of having her patellas luxate. Though one side was more severe, they both needed a lot of work to get them up to snuff! Latte was not the happiest of campers getting adjusted because she was in a lot of discomfort…but all that soon changed.

 

Latte now walks in with purpose and excitement. She doesn’t limp, her muscle tone has equalized and strengthened, and the girl can get up and down without trouble at all. She’s basically become a jumping bean and we cannot get over the progress she has made. Between good parenting and a mobile back end, little Latte certainly doesn’t need her morning cup of coffee anymore!

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Josette The Coton and her Luxated Patellas

luxating patellaThis gorgeous little lady is Josette. She’s a coton de tulear and since puppyhood she has struggled with limping in her back end. Come to find out Josette has luxating patella in both of her back legs, a very common condition in her breed. The issue with this condition is that it causes Josette to compensate in other joints for her knee disorder. Her hips were getting sore and her muscles had atrophied significantly in her hind end. Being only a year old, Josette’s family wanted to do everything they can to give her body a chance to recover from this. When surgery was the option they were given, they knew there had to be something else.

 

Josette came in with no interest in weight bearing on her one back leg at all, making it very difficult for her other leg to function because that one also had the same condition. Her muscles were so severely deficient that even when she did weight-bear she couldn’t do so for long because she wasn’t strong enough. After her first two adjustments Josette began to use her back leg more and more.

 

With each additional adjustment Josette seemed to improve. She now uses her back legs about 85% of the time and has regained much of the strength she had originally lost. Her kneecaps do not pop in and out to the extent they once did and she’s able to play with her doodle sister more than before. Her energy level is up and stability has also increased. She’s an absolute love an we are so happy she’s come this far without ever having to have surgery!

 

Watch her video here! Josette Before and After

Barley and Sam, senior dogs with young hearts!

Barley and Sam…two of my all-time favorite wheatons. They are furry, friendly, and full blown adorable. You’d never know it but these two are both seniors, 12 and 14 to be exact. Mentally, they are sharp as tacks, and physically they aren’t so bad anymore either. When we first met these two fur babies, however, they were both struggling with structural instability. As the saying goes, age before beauty, so we shall start with Sam’s story first.

 

Sam was having a horrible time getting around. He walked like he was drunk, his back legs were crossing over, he was sideways and falling, and frankly his fur parents were very worried. His symptoms didn’t look good at all and after doing all the standard testing and procedures, they still didn’t have any definitive issues. At that they were referred to us and decided to give chiropractic a try.

 

Sam was definitely having a very hard time. His mental state was all there, he was happy as a clam and would run up to greet you, yet half the time he flopped over and lost his back end on the way. What looked very serious, ended up being a result of unstable structure. Sam had a great deal of arthritis and was very limited in his mobility. He wanted to move faster than his little body could take him. After his first adjustment though, Sam was already moving better. He wasn’t falling over and he was navigating much easier. Within the first few adjustments his fur mom caught him on the stairs, something he hadn’t done in years. Sam continues to surprise us at each step of the way, and he’s improved leaps and bounds both literally and figuratively!

 

Barley, on the other hand, is what his mom might call a drama queen. Whereas many animals are stoic when it comes to injury or discomfort, Barley was one to let you know. He like Sam had a great deal of arthritis, especially in his limbs, making it very tough to walk without pain. Barley feels loads better when he gets adjusted and you can easily tell by the amount of activity he does afterwards. Between the running and the playing, Barley becomes a new sort of pooch after treatments.

 

We love these two sweet faces and couldn’t imagine not knowing them or their fur parents. They bring more joy to our practice and more love to our hearts just knowing how appreciative they are. It never ceases to amaze us how quickly they respond and we only hope they decide to stick around for the next several years!

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!