Becca and her Seizure Resolution

Becca here is pretty much one of the most adorable rescue pups we have ever seen. She has captured the hearts of all those who come across her shaggy self and she’ll pretty much do anything for some extra cuddles. Becca started coming to us because she had been limping terribly on her front leg for no apparent reason. Come to find out she had also be a victim of several seizures and bad ear infections.

 

Now if you’ve read any of our articles regarding chiropractic and how it can provide relief for ear infections and even seizures, you might wonder if these also improved when she started to get adjusted. Not only did all of her issues improve, but the limping also disappeared and the seizures haven’t happened in almost nine months, the only change being the added regular chiropractic care. Becca does not take any medication for seizures, she is not on anything for her ears, and her limping is completely gone.

 

She is a very active pup with her sister Abby, and she certainly loves her long walks at the outdoor mall. Her mom never dreamed that something as simple as getting her adjusted would provide such relief to some seriously long-term problems. Now when Becca’s ears appear to flare up or her gait seems a little off, her mom calls and gets her in before it becomes a more chronic problem. Becca’s health is maintained in an alternative manner and we are elated that her fur mom has such faith in this eastern approach to health!

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).

Sir Francis the Pug Walks Again

partial paralysisThis handsome hunk of pug is Frank, Sir Francis Oliver Poops-a-lot King of the Panty Raiders, to be exact. Frank is a teenager with the personality of a puppy. He wants nothing more than to cuddle, be petted, and basically be your best friend. As he’s aged, Frank has really started having trouble with his back end. His legs have become weak, his muscles have atrophied a bit, his spine has become arthritic, and he has a habit of dragging or falling in his back end more often than standing upright. It started to become of real concern when Frank was really struggling to maintain a walk without falling over, and then also not being able to get back up. He really wasn’t able to walk, rather he would drag himself unless he had some help.

 

When Frank started getting adjusted, we weren’t quite sure how quickly he may respond to his improved mobility. As is common with senior dogs, fighting arthritis can be an uphill battle depending on how long it’s been present. We would soon find out that Frank had a lot more fight left in him as he began to improve rapidly. In the beginning, Frank could hardly pick himself up after a fall or he’d need help. After his first adjustment he seemed to be able to recover faster than before. By the time he’d been adjusted three times Frank was like a new knight.

 

First, he was not falling over nearly as much as he did originally. He was able to pick himself up when he did and the crossing over of his back legs had diminished. His muscle tone improved tremendously and the mobility in his back was fifty percent better than what it was. He was like a rocket ship on slippery floors and once he got moving you really couldn’t stop him. Frank continues to surpass our expectations at each visit, and we are so happy his fur dad decided to add chiropractic to his regimen!

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!

Bella the Lab and Her Wiggly Hips and Limping

bellalofquistBella is a beautiful hazel-eyed girl that was really struggling with limping. Not that she didn’t enjoy being a puppy, but she wasn’t really acting like one. She seemed to come up lame fairly regularly and walk as if her hips were really giving her trouble. It started to worsen to where she really didn’t play for longer than a few moments, when she did she would limp afterward, and was more inclined to snuggle than go get crazy with her best gal pal Regalo. Seeing as Bella was only a few months over a year old, her fur mama was worried that something else was going on, perhaps hip dysplasia or worse, despite her xrays showing nothing wrong. That’s when she decided to give chiropractic a try.

 

Bella was an absolute doll at her first visit. She came in, smiled, and instantly made herself at home next to her mom. Her gait was a little off, and quite wiggly. Now we understand some pups have varying degrees of “wiggly” in their normal walk, but for Bella it seemed a bit too much. She was really thrusting her back legs forward and almost appeared slightly lame. A slight limp was definitely present. Upon closer examination it was realized that Bella had a lot of structural instability going on in both her spine but also in her pelvis. This was good news because it indicated that perhaps Bella could be helped through chiropractic after all!

 

After her first adjustment Bella had already begun to show signs of improvement. She was walking a bit straighter, with confidence, and she had less sensitivity in her spine. After a few more visits Bella was like a new pup. She was playing, initiating the play, keeping up with her playmate, and even showing her up at times. Bella had become a confident girl and was feeling great, she could move the way her body was intended to move, without restriction, and because of this was able to really go back to being a puppy. We love Bella and are so happy she decided to give us a try!!

Molly and her Cruciate Injury

mollyostlerThis adorable little husky mix is Molly. Molly is considered a “senior” dog but she is definitely the opposite of what I would consider old. She has spunk and energy up the wazoo, and her fur mom and I have a tough time trying to keep up with her! Molly was first brought to us because of a limp she had in her back leg. After being examined, Molly was thought to have a cruciate tear. Despite being active and energetic, Molly’s fur mom knew the risks of doing surgery on an older dog and decided to try the alternative method before going down the conventional road.

 

Molly did extraordinarily. Through each visit Molly began to use her leg a little bit more. She would put extra weight on it and the limp became less noticeable. Over time, the limp completely disappeared along with all the heat and inflammation that had once plagued her knee joint. She began going back on her long walks (sometimes runs) and even returned to her favorite place (doggy daycare)! This girl could not be kept down and she certainly proved that age does not play a factor in her recovery.

 

Molly continues to see us because of how active she is. Though shes never re-injured the ligament in her knee, she certainly has put it to the test. Every now and again Molly will come and see us with a bit of a limp, and after an adjustment she seems 100% back to her normal self. Through chiropractic, her body has reached a new pattern that is structurally stable. Though it can be tested on occasion, her body wants to return to this new mold rather than actively stay in a state that is unnatural, thus the reason it doesn’t take more than a follow-up visit to get her right back on track. We love this girl and we love seeing how far she has come without having to go under the knife!

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Hyper and her Diabetic Neuropathy

hyperdresslerHyper is a lovely kitty dealing with diabetic neuropathy. She was diagnosed with diabetes earlier this year and then rapidly developed the unsteady gait and discomfort associated with diabetic neuropathy. She changed her diet, her water, and all of her external surroundings to help improve the diabetes. At this point is when her fur parents thought chiropractic might be exactly what this little girl needed. They’d both seen a chiropractor for the majority of their lives and knew the importance of alignment and mobility.

 

At her first visit Hyper was incredibly sensitive to touch, especially in her neck and her pelvis. Due to her wobbly walk, her entire body was on overdrive trying to compensate for the repetitive falls and clumsiness. She was carrying a great deal of stress in her body, and she visibly relaxed during her adjustment.

 

I wish I could say that she stayed all that relaxed…Hyper however has become quite the sassy pants because she feels AMAZING. This kitty has got her glucose levels under control, has dropped some weight, and the neuropathy has nearly resolved itself. Her gait is steady and she has gone back to being the huntress she once was, stalking her prey in the backyard, without toppling over unexpectedly. Hyper has made huge improvements and we are so glad we were able to give her a little bit of herself back.

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!