Dog Paralysis

Pistol Pete & His Paralysis

Dog Paralysis

Perhaps one of our greatest stories as of yet is the one our mom just told us about today. Something she’s been seeing a lot of lately is dogs with paraplegia. Now they haven’t always been paralyzed necessarily, and usually it’s something that seems to come from nowhere and act fast. That’s what happened to this little guy, “Pistol Pete”. Pete is a six year young doxie with a happy attitude and nothing but excitement for life. One evening his parents came home to find him on the floor, trying to drag himself around, because he suddenly had lost all control of his hind legs. After visiting their veterinarian, it was decided surgery was not an option as the window for success had been passed.They took Pete to a specialty veterinarian as well, a neurologist, who agreed with that assessment.

Not knowing what to do they were referred to our mom, maybe, just maybe, chiropractic could help Pete. Our mom talked with their mom for a while, about how Pete may or may not be one of those success stories, the only way to tell would be to dive right in and give it a try. Pete had several areas with structural shifting, surrounded by inflammation, and muscle atrophy in his pelvis and lower back specifically. He had no deep pain feeling in his hind end, was unable to control his bowel and bladder fully, and was very confused.

He was a fantastic chiropractic patient, and our mom put together an essential oil blend to be used daily for Pete. After his first adjustment Pete was able to control his bowel and bladder, though not able to express himself on his own. After his second adjustment, remnants of his deep pain reflex began to show up in his hind limbs. After his third adjustment, our mom recommended Pete get laser treatments in addition to the adjustment and essential oils. He just had his fourth adjustment, and for the first time in over a month Pete was able to control his bladder and urinate on his own without someone having to express it for him. Now Pete is still a work in progress and has a long way to go, but with each passing day he is getting stronger and showing a glimpse of the pup he once was. Being a dog, he has never lost his spirit. His mom and dad have outfitted him with a great set of wheels and this little guy will be motoring around in no time, and hopefully next time we will have even more great news to share. For now, we couldn’t be more excited and the future looks bright for this little doxie.

UPDATE ON PISTOL PETE:

Pete, the doxie above, is in dire need of an update. Several months after first being seen and going partially paralytic, Pete is now walking. Pistol is now even RUNNING! Yes that’s right. To watch this little guy make moves check out our youtube channel:

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.

Kitten Radial Hypodysplasia

Watson The Kitten & His Radial Hypodysplasia

Kitten Radial HypodysplasiaFinally, another one of our own. We’d like you to meet Watson, a very cute kitten with a very interested disease called radial hypoplasia. At eight months old, Watson is no different than any other kitten, except for the minor detail that his front paws fold inward, he has prosthetics, and walks on two feet like a human. Besides that he plays, he jumps, he cuddles, and he loves just like any other kitten. Watson was first introduced to our mom because his own fur mama ran into her at The Pet Beastro. They got to chatting and decided it was a good idea to get him under chiropractic care, the sooner the better. That very next week Watson came in and got his first ever adjustment. Now Watson had been to multiple specialists and naturally was loved by all, and he most definitely has a special spot in our mom’s heart too. He was incredibly sensitive throughout his spine, in fact the lightest of touches caused a big muscular reaction, and he had twitches constantly. Watson had to be treated a bit differently because his actual anatomy had changed to compensate for his condition. Because he was using his hind legs predominantly, Watson had begun to develop a lumbar curvature, just like toddlers do when they begin to walk. Cats are not meant to have this extra curve in their spine, in fact their discs are much thinner than a humans and are not meant to experience compressive forces. The normal anatomy allows for shearing forces across the spine due to the four-legged weight bearing. When this changes, everything gets thrown off kilter. Needless to say Watson is a perfect chiropractic candidate. Multiple adjustments in and he is feeling frisky as ever, in fact feeling a bit too adventurous at times jumping off countertops and doing unnecessary acrobats. To learn more about Watson, radial hypoplasia, and other disorders, check out his fur mama’s website: Handi-Cat, and follow her on instagram!

Boxer Degenerative Myelopathy

Skye The Boxer & Her Degenerative Myelopathy

Boxer Degenerative MyelopathyMeet Skye! She is a nine year old boxer with a smile that can light up any room. She had been wobbling quite a bit in her hind end so her fur parents decided to get her checked out. Skye was taken to the vet and diagnosed with degenerative myelopathy, a disease that affects the spinal cord and nervous system. There’s no real known cause, rather a suspected mechanism, no way to prevent it, and unfortunately no cure. The most commonly affected breeds are corgis, boxers, and shepherds, and usually has an onset after age 6 or 7. The Merck Veterinary Manual has likened it to Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) in humans. The immune system likely attacks the nervous system, allowing a huge disconnect between brain and body. What begins as slight loss of control in the hind limbs usually progresses to complete paralysis. Skye does have a bit of a drunken sailor walk right now but she is still behaving like a puppy too. She runs, jumps, and seems totally unaffected at times. Her fur parents are doing everything they can to make sure she has the most enjoyable life possible, and after she gets adjusted she definitely has a bit more pep in her step. Our mom is so happy to be able to help Skye feel better and only hopes she can provide her with the best life possible! Thank you to Skye for always brightening our moms day :).

Chihuahua Paralysis

Grace The Chihuahua & Her Paralysis

Chihuahua ParalysisThis sassy little girl is Gracie, a chihuahua with a great deal of spunk. She came to our mom because she had lost the majority of function in her hind legs. There was no rhyme or reason as to why Gracie could no longer walk normally or even hold herself up, but trust us she was not happy about this change. You see Gracie was very much a diva, and she did not like change in her life, especially when it altered her ability to move around! Her fur mama decided she would try getting Gracie adjusted and hoped that that would help with her partial paralysis. After her very first adjustment Gracie had begun to use her legs again. Though it was by no means perfect, her perseverance was clear as by the time she came back for another adjustment she was able to walk again! Though the walk may not have been as straight as before, the wiggle she developed matched her sassy personality. Gracie continues to improve and has been moving and grooving just as any princess should!

Petey & Chichi, The Pup Afraid Of Tile Floors

Pup Afraid Of Tile FloorsDog Afraid Of Tile FloorsToday we’d like to talk about two of our all-time favorite terriers…you may think they’re from  Boston but no no they are from the great mitten state. These two boys are little bundles of energy, and our mom often calls them her favorite little squirrels. Petey and Chichi  (aka Marty), are absolutely fantastic pups. They love to play rough and give each other one heck of a time. Petey has always been a pistol, but Chichi has really come into his own since being under care. Chichi had a big fear…a fear of the tile kitchen floor. His food and water needed to be on the carpet because of how terrifying that floor seemed. Our mom thought perhaps he feared the floor was because he wasn’t able to navigate it well due to decreased sensation in his paw pads…and she just may have been right. After his first adjustment, Chichi’s mom came into the kitchen only to find him standing in the middle of the tile, unaccompanied. With each adjustment he became more adventurous, and more of a pistol like his brother. Now, these two little squirrels play like maniacs and are no worse for the wear because they get adjusted regularly!

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!

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!