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!

 

Bailey and her Pinched Nerve

pinchednerveSay hello to sweet Bailey! This beautiful girl is 13 and recently has been showing signs of pain and discomfort. She has been dragging and tripping on her front leg and just not acting herself. She has been lethargic and low energy and not jumping into the car. Bailey has been under chiropractic care for a good portion of her life, so before doing anything too drastic, her family opted to get her adjusted!

Bailey was stiff and lame at her first visit, but the spasm in her neck indicated it was likely a pinched nerve stemming from this region. Her range of motion was limited and she wasn’t wanting to do a full body shake. After two adjustments this was almost completely remedied. Bailey was full of energy and able to hop on into the car without a whimper. The limping was present but not nearly as prominent as it was in the beginning. By her third adjustment Bailey’s spasm had nearly disappeared and her range of motion was almost normal in her neck.

Bailey may be considered a senior dog by her age but don’t let that fool you. Her arthritis won’t keep her down and we certainly weren’t going to allow a pinched nerve do that to her either. We are so glad Bailey is doing so exceptionally well and we love this girl to pieces!

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Bozo the senior pup with stiffness and mobility troubles

Meet Bozo. Unlike his name may imply, Bozo is anything but clownish or silly. He is serious, kindhearted, and a very mellow dude. Bozo is a welsh terrier that has struggled with allergies his entire life. He is on a strict diet and supplement regimen to help with that, however, when he started to really struggle with limping and getting around the house, his mom was referred to us.

 

Upon first meeting Bozo one could tell he was just tired and uncomfortable. His joints were stiff and he was moving so slowly. Every step seemed to be labored and his energy levels were nonexistent. Bozo’s spine and joints were in definite need of some tender loving care, which is where we came in! It took about four adjustments, and Bozo would show slight improvement with each visit. After his fifth visit, however, Bozo turned the corner and was like his old self again.

 

This fifteen year old was not limping, his itching had decreased dramatically, and he was actually being very playful. He wanted to run a little bit and would saunter off and try to play with his brother, Freckles. There’s no doubt that Bozo is still a senior dog with mobility issues, however, for the time being his quality of life has improved drastically and we are excited that he is able to live out his senior years with more joy than he had previously!

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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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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!

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

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Zuko the Rottie and his Bad Back

badbackCheck out Zuko- that handsomest rottie mix that we’ve ever seen. We may be a little partial…he’s certainly grown on us over the past several months and become part of the family. Zuko came in because he was dealing with a lot of limping after every adventure outside. He couldn’t play, run, or really do anything without having a bad limp afterward in addition to having some low back pain. Since mom and dad go to the chiropractor, they figured that might be exactly what he needed to get over this hump.

 

On Zuko’s first visit it was more or less love at first sight. He came bounding in with a huge grin on his face, and a limp on his back end. Though nothing appeared to be torn or injured, the darn limp was still there. After two adjustments Zuko’s limp had basically disappeared. Hard to believe but his energy level skyrocketed and he was totally ready to go retrieve some balls.

 

A few months after being adjusted Zuko injured his hind leg and was struggling to put full weight on it. Concerned that it might be a tear, his fur mom brought him in to get checked. Luckily for us it appeared that Zuko sprained his cruciate ligament, something that normally takes several weeks to a couple of months to heal. Within two weeks and two adjustments Zuko was back to normal. Inflammation was gone and his gait was perfectly normal. Once again our happy boy was back to his happy self!