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!

Jake the shepherd and his Arthritis

This handsome stud is Jake. Jake is a rescued German Shepherd that was found wandering the streets until he was brought to his forever home. He is a young bloke that found himself really struggling with some pain and discomfort, accompanied by a fairly consistent limp in his front leg. After a full work-up, Jake’s x-rays showed he had some significant arthritis in his elbows, one side worse than the other.

 

After giving Jake pain medication for a significant amount of time, his fur parents decided to give chiropractic a try because Jake’s cousins had both been doing so well under care. Within two adjustments Jake’s limping had decreased significantly, pain medication wasn’t necessary, and his movement and energy was up. Jake was doing fantastic and he hardly even showed the slightest bit of discomfort.

 

When it comes to arthritis, what already exists cannot be erased, and that is imperative to understand. Arthritis is something that should be prevented as long as possible, when at all possible. Keeping joint motion within normal is one of the best ways to protect against arthritis formation. Chiropractic is one of the many ways to make sure structure is sound and joint motion is at an optimum. Jake may not be able to diminish what he currently has, but we can certainly help prevent more from forming!

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!

Stella the pomeranian and her fast recovery!

This little pom is Stella. Don’t let her tiny tongue sticking out fool you, for she is the absolute sweetest girl on this side of the Mason Dixon. She has spunk and sass but mainly she’s a furball of love. Stella started experiencing some severe back pain and lameness in her back end, and no one could quite put their finger on what was wrong. She was told surgery was an option, but it wasn’t the ONLY option. Luckily, Stella is on an awesome diet, gets just the right amount of supplements, and is already doing things to support proper joint health.

 

On the first day that we met Stella it was obvious she wasn’t feeling too great. She really couldn’t jump, didn’t want to be very active, and overall was very lethargic. The structure of her lower back and her knees was affecting her well-being because of the instability there. Within her first adjustment, Stella began acting like her normal self. Her knees moved better and her back wasn’t painful. The lameness began to subside and she was initiating play again.

 

Stella has two other fur siblings as well as a few human ones. She is a happy girl with lots of love surrounding her. With her activity regimen, it’s not a surprise that she comes up with injuries now and again. The good thing though, is that her fur family has found a way to keep her protected through chiropractic and adjustments, which keeps Stella at her best!

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!

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.

Casey The Jack Russell And Her Broken Jumper

Casey The Jack Russell And Her Broken Jumper

This sassy little Jack Russell is Casey. She is a terrier that manages to fill our hearts with love every time she pays us a visit. Casey has never necessarily suffered from any particular condition, instead she sees us for preventative and protective purposes. Casey is a very active girl, she hikes, she runs, she jumps out of windows and falls down stairs (much like many animals do) and her mom knows that all of these activiCasey The Jack Russell And Her Broken Jumperties (intentional and unintentional) can affect her structure, which in turn can affect her function. For example, Casey has a habit of being bowled over by bigger and more rambunctious pups. As these instances accumulate, Casey begins to slow down, walk a little sideways, tuck her tail, and her “jumper” will break. When her jumper is broken, no one is happy. This is where we come in to help put the pieces back together. Though Casey doesn’t have arthritis, torn ligaments or strained muscles, she does have structural shifts that take place in her pelvis and lumbars affecting her ability to move her best, and these if left unaddressed could easily lead to more serious conditions. When she gets adjusted, these shifts are restored to normal and her jumper turns back on. We love it when Casey comes to see us mainly because we enjoy her company, but we also love being able to help this girl feel her best each day!

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!