Meet McKinley and India, also known as Mac and Indie. These two massive furballs are some of the sweetest pups in all the land. Both of these babies are in their “senior” years because of their size. Because of how large they are, Mac and Indie’s fur parents heard about chiropractic and thought it would be a great compliment to their lives. Mac suffers from serious arthritis in both of his knees and a lot of stiffness in his back. He limped regularly and was incredibly cautious with stairs. Despite being older, Indie was in better shape than Mac, though still had the beginning stages of arthritis. As prevention for one and palliative for the other, chiropractic has helped them both tremendously. Though the treatments cannot reverse the arthritis already present, what it can do is help stabilize the joints while also returning any structural shifts away from normal back to where they should be. When that imbalance is restored, the body will not need to form additional arthritis to help accommodate weight shifting. Now when these two see their favorite animal chiropractor coming down the drive they absolutely go nuts. Mac will rush down the stairs to say hello and Indie can’t help but run and jump around like a puppy. Though a limp will show up once in a while, Mac is able to recover quickly and Indie remains in tip top shape.
This 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!
Zoey 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
Meet 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!
This 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!
This 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!
Oliver here is a handsome Italian greyhound. He is a senior (but don’t tell him that) and was starting to slow down and just not act like his normal self. For an older pup, Oliver had always had energy up the wazoo. He liked to walk, run, and play with his human family. In the middle of the summer he started to struggle with his hind end and had lost a lot of his playfulness. Worried that his arthritis was getting the best of him, his fur parents decided to start looking at other options to help improve his quality of life. When they ended up meeting our mom, Oliver was a little nervous and was very sore in his lower back and back legs. He did a great job while getting adjusted and our mom could tell he was going to do just fantastic. With every visit, Oliver was improving. He was jumping, walking, running, going upstairs, and his playfulness had been sparked again. Oliver could finally move with ease again because his skeletal system was moving better and pressure had been released. Oliver continues to get adjusted to maintain all the work that has been done and because he does notably better when under a regular care schedule. We love this stud muffin and are so happy to have him in our family!
Vinnie 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!
Meet Lola. Lola was one of our moms first clients to come to her with a cruciate ligament tear. She arrived at the office with a bad limp, not putting much weight on her hind limb at all, and when she did there was a constant shake to her. Lola appeared to be quite sore and in a bit of pain, and the worst part was she didn’t even want to go on her walks anymore….one of her favorite activities. After deliberating over her options, Lola’s mom decided to give chiropractic a try for her baby girl rather than jump into surgery. Afterall, Lola is more of a senior dog and if she could avoid having to go under the knife that made her mom very happy. Needless to say Lola has become one of our mom’s absolute favorite girls. She improved leaps and bounds with each visit. Despite being considered senior, Lola recovered very quickly. With each adjustment her walks had lengthened, the shaking decreased, the strength returned to her back legs, and she was putting more and more weight on that hind limb. Several months after starting care, Lola had made a full recovery. She now walks completely normal, her energy level is back to what it was, and she continues to harass her mom for her favorite thing ever…WALKS! We are so happy with how far this little lovebug has come.
This weeks update is an exciting and unexpected one. Our mom has a gorgeous gordon setter female dog for a patient, she’s quite a site to look at, and is a showstopper. She started getting adjusted mainly for overall health, but with hopes that her strength and muscle tone would improve. After her very first adjustment, her owner was ecstatic about how much stronger she was in her hindlimbs. She continued to gain strength and improve in her health. She took a bit of a spill this month and came up lame in her hind limb, dragging her right foot behind her when she showed. After one adjustment the lameness was gone and she was once again sound. Her owner even commented how she improved that very first day, and now after several adjustments her acid reflux has also decreased significantly. It just goes to show how structural imbalances in the body can affect so much more than biomechanics.