We 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!
This is Cooper, an adorable doxie. Cooper came to our mom a couple months back because he was having pretty bad back pain and was taking various medication to help manage it. His parents thought there had to be something else they could do for their little guy, and then they found our mom. Cooper had had some xrays taken that showed some disc compression in his mid and lower back, and unfortunately he was in a bit of pain. Cooper had to be seen fairly often at first but with each adjustment he improved. Little by little the Coop of old began to shine through, whether it was a longer walk, a wagging tail, or a more playful attitude, you could tell he was starting to feel better. At his last visit, Cooper came in excited and left just as excited, and everyone could see a huge change. He was finally back to his old self, and continues to get into doxie trouble with his sister Stella!
This 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!
Meet 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!
Just 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!
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!
This 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!
It’s about time that we talk about this little girl…what can we say, Katie is a lovebug and then some more. She is a hurricane Katrina rescue and is loved so immensely you’d never know she was homeless for some time. Being from the South, you may think that Katie liked to take her time and live life on the slow side, but you’d be wrong. Katie could keep up with the best of them in her day, and looked good doing it! So when she started to slow down this past winter, her fur mama got worried, this wasn’t the Katie she knew. Stairs, cars, and even walks started to become difficult and sometimes unmanageable. Katie had resigned to staying on one level and sleeping, a lot. It made her family sad to see her in pain, so they decided to look into more options for their girl. Now Katie does have significant arthritis and takes supplements and medicine to help manage any discomfort from the inflammation, but they just weren’t cutting it alone. After her first few adjustments, Katie began doing the stairs again, quickly. Jumping up and down, going on longer walks, and wanting to play were all part of her normal routine again. Even when she had a bit of a setback from a move to a house with A LOT of stairs, Katie bounced back with a change in her care plan and her daily routine. She smiles from ear to ear when she gets adjusted and of course makes our mom happy as a clam to see her living life without pain or discomfort. With each adjustment, Katie has improved, and she always loves the extra belly rubs she gets during “Katie time”.
Prepare yourself for two very gentle giants. Miko and Moses are some of the biggest teddy bears our mom has come across to date. Full of fluff rather than fury, these guys are snugglers and mama’s boys. Needless to say when Moses started to have extreme pain in his lower back, his parents were concerned. Thankfully, they were referred to our mom. When Moses first came to see our mom it was obvious how much pain he was in. He hardly wanted to move and would flop on the floor. Getting up was tough, and once he was up, moving was even tougher. He definitely had the symptoms of a pinched nerve, and getting adjusted was just what he needed. After his first adjustment you could already tell he was feeling better. Able to get up and down, and go about his day again, Moses was getting back to his normal self. His fur parents were ecstatic, especially his fur mama. She had been very worried about her big boy, and certainly didn’t want him to be taking medication for a prolonged period of time. As Moses was improving, his fur mama thought it was time for Miko to get adjusted as well and make it a family affair. Now Miko is a touch bigger than Moses, and definitely more laidback. He had been dealing with a clicking shoulder for some time and nothing seemed to help. It was especially bad when he was going upstairs. Not only was his shoulder clicking, it was causing some muscle spasm around that joint, and overall just slowing this big boy down. Big boys play rough and fall hard, so each time he would rough house with his brother and sisters, he’d have to call it quits a bit sooner. It didn’t seem to bother him too much, however, his fur mama knew it wasn’t good. After a few adjustments, Miko’s shoulder no longer clicked and the pep was returned to his step. Miko and Moses are just two of our moms loves, and she’s so happy she’s been able to help them feel and function better!
This is Ziggy! Ziggy is an adorable shihtzu pup and only 3 years old. He’s full of life and wonderful faces. Only problem is Ziggy started having trouble with his back end this past winter. It would come and go where he would have episodes of dragging his hind end. The first couple of times it occurred, he was treated with steroids and those seemed to help him get back to his normal self. This last episode, however, was the worst and by far the most serious. Ziggy had almost no control of his back legs, only the slightest ability to use his right leg on carpet or grass. He was completely dragging his back end and having a great deal of trouble with bathroom breaks too. The steroid treatments that had been effective previously did nothing for him this time, in fact he seemed to be worsening. When his fur mom brought Ziggy to our mom, everyone had very high hopes, though all were concerned due to the amount of muscle mass the little guy had lost over the past few months. With diligent parents and weekly treatments, Ziggy went from dragging his back legs to running over the course of several treatments. With each one there seemed to be more improvement. A little hydrotherapy and some special socks also allowed Ziggy to build up some muscle he had lost. Ziggy is now fully functional, he walks, runs and jumps. His favorite activity is standing up on his back two legs, and his parents still cannot believe that this is the same dog they had back in May.