Jake the Boxer Puppy and his Pinched Nerve

Say hello to sweet Jake. This little boxer puppy is only a few months old and when we first met him he was in severe pain. As most puppies can be, Jake was crazy and loved to play and run. Out of nowhere one Sunday he came up to his folks screaming and crying in pain, hunched up to where he was almost bent in half, and didn’t want to be touched. The vet tried to move his neck and he could hardly do anything. This poor little dude was suffering from a terrible pinched nerve at such a young age.

Puppies are prone to acting crazy, so it is not abnormal for them to jam themselves up in ways that we wouldn’t believe. It is not often, however, that they show any symptoms, and because of that many of them will actually end up developing in a structurally incorrect manner. Jake, though in a great deal of pain, is fortunate to have shown symptoms so that the problem could be corrected. 

Even after his first visit Jake started to improve. He was able to go through mild range of motion and would lift his head ever so slightly. By his third adjustment Jake was 100 percent returned to his normal self. He is leaping and jumping like a crazy boy and all he wants to do is give hugs and kisses. He has so much growing left to do and we are very excited that he will be able to do so pain free! Check out Jake’s before and after videos below.

 

Belle the Doberman and her Neurological Issues

Say hello to Belle. She is a beautiful 13 year old doberman that has been an incredibly healthy girl. Out of the blue, Belle began to walk drunkenly one weekend. It progressed rapidly to the point where she could barely walk at all, was dragging her legs, and not wanting to eat. The vet gave her dad some doggy aspirin and said the next step would be a trip to the neurologist. Now Belle’s dad would do anything for her, but he was concerned that he would be told she’d need invasive surgery and he knew that wasn’t an option for his girl. So his own mom recommended he come see us.

Belle was not wanting to weight bear on her back left leg much when she came in. Her head hung low and she was terribly stiff. Any fluidity to her movements were gone and we could tell she was in some pain. Her front paws had begun to knuckle under and we were worried that these neurological symptoms would keep getting worse. After her very first adjustment Belle walked out of the room a little steadier and her gait looked mildly improved. Upon her recheck later that week, Belle walked in on slippery tile and didn’t fall once. Her stability was better and she was holding her head up high.

By her third visit just one week later Belle came bouncing into the office without a care in the world. This girl was moving like a rockstar, without an ounce of stiffness notable. Her dad tells us she is almost 100% and is doing even better than he had ever imagined. She’s on joint supplementation to help maintain her progress and we will check in on her to make sure she stays up to snuff. Belle had pressure being placed on her spinal cord, and once that pressure was removed it was as if she were a new dog. Yay Belle!

 

Ben and his Disc Bulge

Say hi to the sweetest boxer face in the entire world. Benjamin here is one of the happiest and healthiest guys around, but he wasn’t always this smiley thanks to a bad disc in his back. Don’t let his white face fool you, he can keep up with his younger siblings no problem now. When we first met Ben, he could barely move. He wouldn’t lay down because he was in so much pain and he would pace 24/7. He couldn’t get comfortable and his mom feared the worst, that his time had come and she would need to make an awful decision.

Before going that route, his mom decided to try chiropractic for Ben. On his first visit it was clear that Ben was dealing with a severely pinched nerve, likely caused by a disc bulge. He was hunched up and in a great deal of pain. His paw was knuckling under and he was exhausted from lack of sleep. That week he was adjusted twice, and after that first adjustment he slept more than he had in since the episode began.

After three adjustments Ben was sleeping like normal, he was no longer pacing, and he was able to relax during the day. Though he wasn’t back to 100% just yet, his improvement was remarkable. After six weeks of adjustments, Ben was back to himself and then some! He was active, playful, initiating play, running, jumping, and keeping up with his younger siblings. He couldn’t wait for his walks again, and mom was finally able to sleep in her bed again instead of curled up next to him on the dog bed. Benjamin is a rockstar, and we continue to see him to make sure he is able to maintain the progress he has made. You’d never know this man was 11, and we hope to keep him that way!

Louie with Neurological Issues

Say hi to Louie! This handsome cocker had back surgery a few years ago when he had paralysis in his back end. He went through two months of rehabilitation and was finally up and walking again. Since then he has always had somewhat of a drunkard walk and within the last several months had been having frequent episodes of slipping, knuckling under, spasm, and near immobility in his back end. He was diagnosed with neurological issues but there was no reason as to why or what could be done. Concerned for the worst, his parents decided to look into more  options to help this young buck out.

Louie was like a new man after his first adjustment. He was walking straighter, his walk seemed to stabilize and he had so much more energy. His progress was amazing and the neurological problems began to subside faster than anyone had hoped. The episodes became fewer and fewer and then got to the point where he wasn’t having them at all. He wasn’t in any pain and had truly returned to his pre-surgery self. 

With Louie we’ve found that his body responds well to monthly maintenance visits. The one time we extended this, Louie had a minor few episodes. Upon returning to his normal schedule, he’s been right as rain. Louie is a perfect example of how the body has to compensate after surgery. Though the surgery itself removed pressure on the spinal cord, years later the joints above and below had to make up for the one having been operated on. These in turn began putting pressure on the cord and causing him to have similar episodes to his first bout of paralysis. Now Louie has found something that works for him, he is medication free, and is truly a remarkable man!

Jemma and her Severe Disc Disease

Jemma girl here is one special little lady. Jemma came to us in the winter, unable to lift her head and hardly wagging her tail. She was timid, scared, and in a LOT of pain. She was in a constant state of spasm in her neck and even the slightest amount of pressure would cause her to cry out. Jemma was on a large list of medications, none of which seemed to be helping her at all, and she was basically being crated all day to prevent her from further injury. At one point her fur dad was told she may need to be put down because she wasn’t improving.

 

Jemma’s dad refused to accept that as the final answer. He started searching for alternatives and found animal chiropractic. At Jemma’s first visit, we could see how bad she really was. She couldn’t lift her head beyond horizontal with her body and her little ears were folded back. Her muscles were twitching and she couldn’t help but whine in pain. This looked like some severe disc problems in this seven year old otherwise healthy girl.

 

Working very gently, Jemma was adjusted weekly for about six weeks. With each visit she started to improve, slowly at first but then the ball started rolling. She could lift her head, she was eating, and her muscles hardly twitched. Between icing, traction, and regular chiropractic, Jemma started to be a dog again. Her fur dad was able to stop all of her medications going forward and even then she continued to improve. Now Jemma is back to her normal self, she can jump and wiggle without an ounce of pain, and she can wander the house without being crated anymore. Most importantly, she can play with her puppy brother again. Jemma was not a lost cause, and there was so much more life left for her to live, it was just a matter of finding the right method to relieve her of her pain!

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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Bullet and his Neck Pain

neck painBullet the beagle, an avid hunter, digger, and squirrel chaser. This guy really frightened his parents when he started screaming and crying at even the slightest touch to his neck. He couldn’t raise his head above a certain level, couldn’t turn his head side to side, and truly couldn’t be touched without going into a fit of cries. Their poor boy was in so much pain they were beside themselves on what to do. Medication wasn’t helping and none of the traditional options that they were given seemed to be working. At that point they decided to try chiropractic care for Bullet.

 

At his first visit Bullet was incredibly friendly but could hardly move his head at all. He was sad, low-hanging, and spasmed from his neck all the way to his lower back. In addition to his nerve impingement problem, Bullet also had a partially torn cruciate ligament in his back leg. If that weren’t enough this guy was just in a whole bundle of pain and we knew the healing process was going to take some time.

 

After his first three adjustments Bullet walked in with his head held high and spasm down to a minimum. He didn’t cry while being worked on and he could move his neck without any restriction. The pain he had been feeling had been greatly diminished and his parents were able to remove the medication from his regimen. It didn’t take long before Bullet was back to his normal antics of running, jumping and digging. Even with all of this activity his neck remains healthy and stable and his back legs are all on the ground as they’ve been able to heal naturally!

Trumbull and his Knuckling Under

This handsome fellow is Trumbull. He is a senior great dane that has been dealing with an unsteady gait. On occasion his front paws will knuckle under when he’s walking which will cause him to trip on himself and go down. Now when you’re a big great dane that little trip is a big deal. His fur parents are very in tune with their gentle giant, and figured chiropractic might be a good option in addition to his monthly massages.

 

On his first visit we could see how uncomfortable Trumbull was. He’s a big boy with a not so little-sister, another dane that loves to play. Being in his senior years, Trumbull cannot handle excessive play like he once did. He had multiple areas that were arthritic and also minor pinched nerves throughout his neck, which is why his paw would knuckle under in exaggerated form.

 

Trumbull gets adjusted at least once, sometimes twice each month, to keep everything moving as well as it can. He still knuckles on occasion but over the past couple of years he has maintained a wonderful quality of life. He moves smoothly and has a pep in his step, something that makes us very happy. We love Trumbull and are ecstatic we’ve been able to help him through these last couple years!

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Vegas and her Severe Pinched Nerve

pinched nerveMeet Vegas- a sassy and loving basset hound in the prime of her senior years. Not only is Vegas one cute number, she is also blind and partially hard of hearing. She’s been running into walls and bouncing off of them practically her entire life. Needless to say this unintentional reckless behavior did a number on her spine. Vegas woke up one day in excruciating pain, she was screaming and crying and her parents had no clue what was going on. At the vet’s office, they were given pain medication and steroids to give their girl, neither of which seemed to help at all.

 

Vegas couldn’t lift her head and turning from side to side was out of the question. When she would lie down she would have to flop over because she had no stability or way of containing herself. Getting up was an entirely different animal. On her first visit Vegas was struggling to just walk to the exam room because of her lack of mobility. She was in complete spasm in her neck region and severe pain.

 

Within one adjustment Vegas was already showing steady signs of improvement. She could turn her head side to side and lift it beyond her shoulders. She didn’t cry out upon palpation of her neck and the spasm was negligible. Within her next two adjustments Vegas was back at her puppy antics, playing games and running around with energy. Her neck issue had resolved and her inflammation was down without any need for pain medication, etc. Sometimes a pinched nerve rears its ugly head and when you relieve the pressure on the spinal cord and the nerve roots, everything resolves in a nice natural fashion!