Pug Constipation & Back Pain

Winston The Pug & His Struggle With Constipation & Back Pain

Pug Constipation & Back PainToday we’d like to talk about a very special pug named Winston. Winston was introduced to our mom because he just wasn’t acting like himself as of late. His tail was drooping, he was a little mopey, he was constipated, and stairs were no longer an option for this little guy. His fur mama was quite concerned and was referred to ours to get some help through chiropractic. Winston was a sweet little man who was incredibly calm and collected. He had a lot of weakness in his back legs and quite a few tender spots that our mom found. He did great getting adjusted and his body responded fantastically. Despite being a teenager, Winston suddenly felt good enough to use the stairs, surprising his own mama when he showed up behind her in the laundry room (down an entire flight of stairs without any help!). He was able to use the bathroom and his little curly tail even popped up. His mom could tell he was doing much better. Winston is an excellent patient and continues to improve with each of his visits.

Beagle Cruciate Tear

Diego The Beagle & His Cruciate Tear

Beagle Cruciate TearThis curious little beagle you see here is called Diego, and he lives up to that saucy name. He is a huge sweet pea that had a rough go this winter. After a few slip and falls he actually ended up tearing one of his cruciate ligaments, making his hind end very unstable and incredibly difficult to walk with all four legs, so he managed on three. Now as much of a trooper as Diego was, his mom was worried about him and took him to see the veterinarian. Her options seemed pretty limited…surgery, pain medication, or nothing at all. She took matters into her own hands and decided to try an alternative route that involved homeopathy, essential oils, and chiropractic care. It was a big commitment but even after his first adjustment he showed huge improvement. In fact, while in the room he went from having a divot in his back to a near straightened topline, it was pretty amazing. Though he continued to gimp around for a couple of months there was no doubt some major improvements were happening. After about two and a half months of treatment, Diego walked into our mom’s office on all four legs without even the slightest hint of a limp. We were excited, our mom was excited, his naturopath was excited, his mom was excited, and Diego really just wanted to celebrate with a margarita. Another story with a happy ending, Diego continues to get treated to maintain his stability and help prevent another episode from occurring!

Arthritis In Labs

Max The Lab & His Trouble With Arthritis

MaxCheck out Max, he’s one heck of a sweetie pie and is always smiling from ear to ear. Max is getting up there in age and he’s got multiple levels of arthritis in his spine as well as some blocked vertebrae. With a history of spinal problems his veterinarian felt like chiropractic would be a perfect addition to his healthcare regimen. They could not have been more correct. Max was very slow moving at first, had difficulty getting up, and was unable to get in and out of the car. After his first adjustment, he left the office and nearly jumped into the car (either because he was feeling great or he just wanted to get out of the office that bad). Regardless it was something that had not happened in quite some time. Over the next few weeks Max was like a new dog. With each day he continues to improve. When he sees our mom he’s a happy guy, has very little trouble getting up and down, and even moves a bit quicker. Overall Max is a happy guy and his parents are excited to see a bit more of his puppiness come back in his older years.

Doxie Disc Disease

Coney the doxie and his disc disease

Doxie Disc DiseaseThis past week our mom had the pleasure of meeting two very special pups, each with his and her own unique story. First we’d like to tell you about Coney. Coney is a lovely little dachshund approximately three years old. He’d never had any major health issues but had on occasion limped on three legs and held his one hind limb up. Over one holiday weekend, Coney went from totally fine to limping and lethargic. He couldn’t get up and down the stairs, couldn’t jump, and really couldn’t walk steadily. His family decided something just wasn’t right after several days of no improvement. That’s when they figured they’d try a different avenue and bring him to our mom, the animal chiropractor. He did great during his first treatment, was a little nervous but overall handled everything well. Within two days Coney was going up the stairs and even jumping up and onto his parents’ laps again. At his second appointment, Coney was visibly feeling better, greeting everyone and smiling. Two adjustments and this little man is walking almost 100% and almost entirely pain free. Yay Coney!

Dog Painful Back End

Javier The Pitbull & His Painful Back End

JavierHugheyWe cannot believe how many wonderful things have happened lately with our mom’s patients. After she gave a talk at a chiropractic center, Javier decided to try chiropractic care. Javier is a rescue dog with a not-so-nice backstory. By only 8 weeks he had incurred thousands of dollars in veterinary bills because he was a victim of dog fighting. His rescue mom didn’t hesitate to do whatever it took to help him live. Now, at 1.5 years old, Javier is as sweet as can be but unfortunately has never had quite the pep in his step that a young pit puppy should. He’d been xrayed twice and told that he possibly had hip dysplasia and already early signs of arthritis. When his mom heard our mom talking, she thought maybe chiropractic could help him out. Well, she was right. Javier definitely had some issues with his hips, however, they were coming from a fixated pelvis. After his first adjustment, Javier’s mom said he’s been walking better and longer daily, he’s got tons more energy, and he’s actually jumping on furniture and running up and down stairs. She couldn’t believe her eyes and is so excited to see her pup finally feel the way a puppy should!

Shepherd Cruciate Tear

Harlow The Shepherd & His Cruciate Tear

Shepherd Cruciate TearThis handsome guy is one of the gentlest giants our mom has ever met. Harlow is still in his adolescent years and he’s kept on his toes thanks to his sister Peyton and his fur parents. This past winter Harlow started having some weakness and pain in his back. His mom noticed a big issue when they were playing in the yard one day and he jumped up only to fall down on his hind end and yipe in pain. He became quite listless and lethargic and she knew something was up, and having met our mom a few months earlier, decided to give her a call. Since his first couple adjustments, Harlow has not had another episode of weakness or pain. He has stabilized and is able to play just as hard as before without issue. His fur mama loves him a great deal and loves that he is able to play and live to his fullest potential!

Lab Arthritis Pain

Maggie The Lab & Her Struggle With Arthritis Pain

Lab Arthritis PainMeet Maggie, a beautiful chocolate lab with many years under her furry belt. Maggie first started seeing our mom because her own fur family was hoping to help her feel a little bit better in her older years. It wasn’t long before that happened, in fact minutes after her first adjustment Maggie was able to get up easier than she had in months. Being a prized pup in her younger years, Maggie has lead a fantastic life and is surrounded by her own children, now also in their later years of life. Maggie was having a lot of trouble with walking, stairs, and getting up and down. She had a great deal of arthritis all throughout her body and was overall achy as could be. The first two days after getting adjusted Maggie had begun to transform. She may be a bit slower but boy does she have pep in her step. Stairs are no longer as big of an issue and she can get up and down with much more ease. She’s walking like a champ and thoroughly enjoys her car rides to come see our mom. Through ongoing care she’s being kept in great shape and couldn’t be more full of puppy smiles. We love hearing about Maggie and how she’s doing, and we know her fur family is ecstatic to have their old girl back!

Beagle Pinched Nerve

Maggie The Beagle & Her Pinched Nerve

Beagle Pinched NerveJust in case you hadn’t gotten enough Maggie news, we decided to make today a double feature. This is Maggie the beagle, and isn’t she CUTE! Maggie is still a young pup and is deeply loved by everyone who meets her. She’s a big fan of kisses and when she started having pain and trouble walking, going up stairs, and not wanting to go on walks, her mom knew something was up. Not long after a day of doggy daycare, Maggie was tucking her tail and obviously in a great deal of discomfort. Not wanting to have her little girl constantly on pain medication, her fur mama decided to do some research and found our mom. After her first adjustment Maggie’s tail quickly un-tucked and a smile spread across her face. Her mom said even then she seemed more herself and that she was better then than she had been in several days. At her second adjustment the good news continued to pour in. She was happier, walking better, had stopped side-winding, and that tail hadn’t taken one break from being up in the air. This puppy has much to smile about, and now she can enjoy her daycare days pain-free, and also comforted knowing that if she does get into a bit of a tumble, her doggy chiropractor will get her back in tip top shape!

Saint Bernard Spondylosis

Moses and Tiara, Saint Bernards & The Struggle With Spondylosis

Saint Bernard Spondylosis
Meet Moses and Tiara, two gentle giants that are nothing but love and snuggles. Though not considered elderly by small dog standards, these two are up in years according to their breed. They are well taken care of fur babies, and in addition to massage their fur mama decided chiropractic may help improve their lives even more, and she was right! Moses and Tiara were quick to respond, both improving with each adjustment. Moses is a big teddy bear who loves bellyrubs post-adjustment (who can blame him), while Tiara took a bit more time to warm up. Tiara has severe spondylosis and arthritis throughout her body, she suffers from chronic ear infections and is overall a bit more anxious than most. After a few adjustments, Tiara had begun to show more of her puppy-side again. Feeling good and having increased mobility in her spine has allowed her to be more playful and be less exhausted. Moses on the other hand is like a born again puppy. His energy levels have gone through the roof since starting care and when it comes to tumbling and running, he is king. These two love their chiropractic visits and after each one they have a nice long nap and snuggle fest. Our mom loves them very much and is happy to have been able to help them both feel and function better!

Shepherd Arthritis Pain

Stoli The Shepherd & Her Arthritis Pain

Shepherd Arthritis PainThis is Stoli. Stoli is a rescue pup and is 13 years young. One day her mom came home to her limping terribly, crying in pain, and just not wanting to do much of anything. It seemed like every movement caused her pain and she was really not able to live her life the way she should. After visiting the vet and getting some xrays, Stoli’s mom was told her little girl had arthritis and that this was the way things would be. She could put her on more medication but that was it. Luckily Stoli’s mom heard about ours from a friend and decided to give chiropractic a try for her little girl. After her first adjustment Stoli started to show marked signs of improvement. She was walking better, her limp was gone, and she even showed some enthusiasm for playtime outside. As her care continued, she also progressed positively. Within a month of starting care, Stoli was able to run and play like she hadn’t in quite some time. This little girl does get sore after overdoing it, but boy does she feel better and everyone around her can tell. Not too shabby for a 13 year old!