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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!

Casey and her floating kneecap

This little lovebug is Casey. Casey is a rockstar on top of being beautiful. She has a bad case of luxating patella AKA floating kneecaps in her back legs and it was really crimping her style. For instance, when Casey wanted to run and chase other dogs she had to do so using three legs, since that pesky leg got in the way! Luckily Casey’s mom was referred to us to see if we could help her darling little lady.

 

When Casey first started seeing us her floating kneecap was popping in and out of socket with nearly every step. It was constant and she had lost a great deal of muscle tone because she didn’t want to use this leg. We knew this wouldn’t be a quick fix, but her mom was willing to give us a shot because she didn’t want to do surgery.

 

Within three weeks our little Casey was already putting weight on that back leg. Within another three weeks Casey was using her leg more than she wasn’t, and by the end of two months this little girl was almost always using her back leg. Her kneecap would pop out but she was able to correct it, and this was only happening once every few weeks as opposed to daily. Casey hardly ever limps anymore and she’s faster and more energetic than ever. What may have been bleak chances turned into the best decision that could’ve been made for this love monkey. We are so proud of her progress!

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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

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!

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!

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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!

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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!

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Mia, The Bichon With Luxating Patella

Bichon With Luxating PatellaThis is Mia. Mia is a lovely little bichon that had been struggling with a grade 3 luxating patella. What is a luxating patella? It’s when the kneecap actually slides in and out of the grooves that should be helping to hold it in place. There are different grades of this disorder. A grade 1 had a knee cap that pops in and out on occasion, sometimes is accompanied by a brief limp, but often autocorrects. Mia had a grade 3, where her kneecap constantly was popping in and out, and she was pretty consistently walking on three legs. Her walks were getting shorter and her mom could tell she was pretty sore. Though she always had a big smile on her face, her mom knew something needed to be done. The options for this disorder are limited. You can either let it be and hope it continues to right itself, do surgery that may or may not fix the problem, or you can look into alternative options that include proper supplementation for joint health and chiropractic. Since you are reading about Mia you can probably guess what they decided to try first! Mia has been getting adjusted for just about 2 1/2 months now and her mom reports that she is doing fantastic. Not only is her limp practically eliminated, she is going on longer walks and doesn’t have any soreness. Her energy levels have increased and the muscles around her knee have strengthened to the point where they can actually stabilize the joint. We are so happy Mia was able to improve with chiropractic care!