EllieMertz

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.

Seizures and Shakiness

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!

Duke and His Prevention

Duke the Golden Pup & His prevention!

Duke and His PreventionTake a moment to say hello to Duke, the golden retriever. This isn’t just any golden retriever, he’s the self-acclaimed nephew of our mom. Duke is a lively man that just can’t get enough of the water, sticks, chew toys, and rocks. He enjoys long swims in the lake, boat rides, lounging on shag carpet, and extremely long belly rubs (can you blame him?). Well, Duke is just a puppy, and as a puppy, he plays rough. He has taken several tumbles and with his own parents being in the chiropractic family, they noticed fairly quickly that his walk just wasn’t right. Upon examination, Duke was found to have structural shifting all over the place. He puts his body to the test daily, and though for the most part it held up, it still internalized a great deal of stress and tension. Duke is seen regularly to help put back the pieces where he tends to fall apart, and though he can hide his weaknesses from most, Auntie Christina always finds just the right spots. Duke is a prime example as to why puppies, though they may not be showing symptoms, need to be checked just as any older animal!

Luxating Patella In Dogs

Teddy The Teddy Bear Struggling With Luxating Patella

Luxating Patella In DogsThis handsome bloke here is Teddy, a young gentleman with nothing but long walks and loving on his mind. When he started to limp repeatedly and constantly, his fur parents were quite worried. After a visit to the veterinarian they were told their little man had a luxating patella, aka a floating kneecap. The options they were given included surgery…and surgery. So with not much in the way of options, his parents decided to look into other options. When they were told about animal chiropractic, they thought this might be the thing to try. After his first visit little Teddy had already begun to improve. He went from limping daily to only a couple times each week, and then hardly at all. Now Teddy only limps on rare occasion and when he does he quickly is able to right himself because of the stability in both his knees and his pelvis. We love Mr. Teddy and are so happy we were able to help him reach his full potential, let the ladies try and resist him now!

Chihuahua Cruciate Tear

Zoey The Chihuahua & Her Cruciate Tear

Chihuahua Cruciate TearZoey here is one of the cutest chi-chi bombs we have ever had the pleasure of meeting. She has eyes the size of olives and her tail is always wagging, even when she’s nervous. Now when Zoey first came to the office, she was walking on three legs and had been doing so for months. Why? Well poor Zoey had decided to play a little too hard last winter and took some nasty spills that led her to tear a cruciate ligament in her back leg. After two months of medication and no improvement, her fur parents were at a loss of what to try next. She wasn’t improving, and though she didn’t seem to be in pain, they couldn’t bear to see her be a tripod for the rest of her life if there was something more that could be done. Chiropractic, then, was the next logical choice. Zoey came in nervous as can be and visibly began to relax during her adjustment. Her back leg had a great deal of muscle atrophy, scar tissue, and limited mobility. On top of everything else she had luxating patella in that same leg. With all these components, we knew it would take some time to help her body recover from her injury. Her knee had likely been unstable for months if not years because of the floating kneecap, potentially being the real cause of that cruciate tear. After her third adjustment, Zoey began to use her back leg more and more often. As her muscle started to strengthen, the patella began to stay in place, and the cruciate was finally able to heal fully, which it wasn’t able to do originally. After three months of care, Zoey is back to full function. Her kneecap is stationary, her muscles have evened out when compared to the opposite leg, and the little stinker even runs with her fur siblings like a maniac. She’s cute as a bug and finally able to live back up to her full potential, both pain and symptom free without any medication!

One Month Progress Report

Two Month Progress Report

Dog Shoulder and Hip Pain

Reed the Airedale with Shoulder and Hip Pain

Dog Shoulder and Hip PainMeet Reed the Airedale. Reed here is edging into his senior years and will be turning twelve this year. When he began to limp and not put weight on his foot, his mom was worried he may be aging a bit too fast for her or his liking. The limp had been going on for about a week and his limb was tender to touch, while at the same time his lower back was also appearing quite weak.

When his fur mom first brought him to our mom, she suspected he had a pretty severe nerve impingement right from the getgo. The limp was bad and he was compensating for this all over the rest of his body. After his first, very gentle, adjustment, Reed began to show huge signs of improvement. He was putting weight on his foot and his pain levels had reduced drastically. After his second visit Reed was like a new dog, not only had the limp completely disappeared, but also his pain was nonexistent and his back end appeared to have grown stronger. By his third visit his mom told ours that Reed was acting like a puppy and she hadn’t seen him have such good energy levels for quite some time. Now he gets seen to help keep his body in tip-top shape and maintain his puppy like attitude. We absolutely adore Reed and love seeing his little beard and big smile every month!

Dog Back Pain

Lincoln & His Back Pain

Dog Back PainThis little man right here is one of our moms very special clients, Lincoln. He’s a man with an attitude and loves his family dearly. When Lincoln was not feeling his best his fur parents were incredibly concerned. He had started to hunch in his back, limp occasionally, and had little interest in jumping onto the furniture. He seemed lethargic and not himself at all, in fact he had even had accidents in the house a time or two (something that was not normal for him). After visiting the vet he was diagnosed with a disc issue and informed that he may never recover, and would possibly need a wheelcart. Well his fur mom was not going to take such news without a fight. She immediately began reaching out to see what else could be done for her little Lincoln Log, and that’s when she was referred to our mom. Lincoln definitely had signs of a slight disc bulge and even a bit of a nerve impingement, but nothing appeared too serious at his first adjustment. He was in a slight bit of pain and discomfort and his back had started to hunch significantly while his neck was having serious trouble turning to either side. His muscles were flared up and his whole body was guarded. After a couple of treatments, Lincoln was practically a new dog. His energy was up, he could move his head without crying, and his back had straightened itself out. He didn’t fuss when being adjusted and his pain seemed to be completely gone. As an active six year old, Lincoln was finally able to enjoy the things he had come to love, such as jumping up on furniture and going for walks with mom. Lincoln still sees our mom to keep everything in check, after all he does have a tendency to play pretty hard, and we know our mom just loves him and his entire family!

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 Shoulder Issues

Vinnie The Stud Chihuahua & His Shoulder Issues

Chihuahua Shoulder IssuesVinnie here is quite the stud muffin when it comes to all things Chihuahua. He has his mom’s heart in his paw and when he was hurting she was beside herself trying to find whatever she could to help make him feel better. It was during a painful episode where he literally couldn’t put any weight on his front paw and was holding it up in pain that she found our mom. Vinnie had had surgery before on his shoulder because it so frequently dislocated, and unfortunately there was a lot of scar tissue irritating that joint. During his exam our mom noted he had a lot of inflammation and heat radiating from his shoulder and that the tension in his lower neck was incredibly high. His shoulder actually popped in and out and made a clicking sound. After being adjusted a few times he began to put more weight on that front leg and use it more frequently. It took some time but the pain began to decrease and shortly his shoulder had strengthened enough where the muscles surrounding the joint were cradling the humeral head, helping to keep it from clicking and popping. His shoulder regained a great deal of mobility and his neck began to release. As his muscle tone improved so did his overall health. His back leg even had luxating patella and that too began to stabilize. Vinnie has been seeing our mom for several months now and continues to improve and become feistier with every visit. He still holds his fur mom in his little paw, rightfully so, and is beginning to tolerate our mom too!

Dogs Trouble With Jumping

Missy The Golden & Her Trouble With Jumping

Dogs Trouble With JumpingThis blonde beauty in front of you is the one they call Missy. She is a six-year-old golden retriever and therapy dog extraordinaire. Missy first started seeing our mom about one year ago, mainly because she wasn’t as energetic as she one was. Her fur mom told ours that Missy had been tiring out easily, wouldn’t jump into the car or truck, and her walks had become shorter and shorter. She even hesitated with stairs. Now back then, Missy was only five, and her mom knew these behaviors just weren’t right. After talking to our mom she decided that chiropractic might be the ticket to helping Missy feel better. She was very right! Missy had A LOT going on at her first adjustment, she even paced when she walked, which is an abnormal gait often associated with structural shifting of the spine. She had multiple areas in need of adjustment, especially in her pelvis. After her first adjustment her fur mom couldn’t get over how great she was doing. Missy no longer hesitated with stairs or the truck, she had a ton more energy, and she wasn’t puppy-sitting anymore. Though she continues to pace, Missy has improved leaps and bounds and is one of our moms loveliest goldens. She continues to get protective care and is happy as a clam!