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.
This is Diamond. She is a sweetpea that is 14 years old. This past winter she ended up partially tearing one of her cruciate ligaments. Poor thing was hobbling around on three legs and could barely put any weight on the fourth. It didn’t seem to bother her too much but her fur mama was concerned. After getting some radiographs to confirm nothing was broken, she started getting adjusted. Within a couple of adjustments Diamond was weight bearing and able to walk on all fours without much trouble. She was shaky at first but quickly began to rebuild her muscle memory and stabilize. She continues to get adjusted to help her in her older years and to maintain the structure and mobility she worked so hard to build. Diamond loves going on her daily walks with her fur mama, and we are so happy she can do so pain-free and on all four legs!
Introducing Spirit, a spunky American Eskimo that has endless energy. Spirit has been seeing our mom for about one year now and he has transformed incredibly. When he first came to her, Spirit was having awful digestive problems, lockjaw, and a very itchy hind end that he couldn’t stop biting. His first evaluation revealed some structural issues in his midback and ribcage. Our mom explained that often times when there is pressure on the spinal cord and nerves in a specific area, the body will react in a patterned way. For instance, where Spirit was having trouble related directly to his symptoms. The levels of the spine where the nerves where being impinged actually are the same nerves affecting digestive organs. His jaw was also incredibly locked up and loosened almost immediately after his first adjustment. To top it all off Spirit had some structural shifting going on in his pelvic girdle, contributing to the constant itch of his back end. After his first few adjustments Spirit was like a new dog. His jaw was moving and grooving, he was able to eat his food and actually absorbed nutrients. His digestive problems were markedly improved and shortly thereafter the biting of the back end stopped. Spirit continues to be seen for maintenance and he has finally found that relief he needed so desperately!
Meet Cookie. She is one heck of a gal. This pitbull is nine years old and loves to give kisses in excess. Cookie has had partial hind end paralysis for at least four years of her life. It happened out of nowhere several years ago and she’s never fully recovered. At the time her fur parents were told she had disc issues and they should go see a specialist, so they did. The specialist veterinarian told them if he were to operate on her, she would most likely come out worse than when she started. So her parents decided to let her be and see how she would function. Well, here we are four years later and she’s still happy as a clam. Cookie walks using her front limbs and with the help of a support underneath her belly. She can still move her back legs somewhat but has a lot of trouble getting her grip and strength up. She falls often and has trouble getting up and down. Her parents found our mom when they were looking for possible ways to help improve Cookie’s quality of life. Cookie has been seeing our mom now for a few months and each adjustment has proven better than the last. Most recently, in fact, Cookie’s dad commented on how Cookie was able to get up on her own and from behind she was walking without support, and he even confused her with one of his other dogs because she looked nothing like herself. She has finally been getting some sleep, and on that same note has been sleeping through the night, something she hadn’t done in years. She is actually able to walk without support on cement and on the grass, and she doesn’t fall over. Her paws are rarely curled under anymore and she seems to have a great deal more control than she has in years. Cookie is a work in progress and by no means is she one hundred percent. She has, however, come light years from where she started and we can tell she’s finally feeling more like herself. After over four years of not being able to walk, it’s nice to be able to help this lovebug reach more of her full potential. Our mom loves this spunky girl and she’s over the moon with how much she has improved under chiropractic care!
This gorgeous lady to your right is Tara. She is almost fourteen years old and a retired racing greyhound. Though not quite as fast as she once was, Tara still has that high prey drive and if given the chance to hunt down a chicken, she will bring you back a bird ready to be fried. Tara has been one of our mom’s clients for almost one year now, and she has certainly had her ups and downs! Tara’s fur parents found our mom because they were hoping to help her out in her old age. She had started having trouble with the stairs, both indoor and out, and was becoming a touch more lethargic. She had a particular leg that was giving her issues and was very spastic throughout her ribcage, and had been that way for years. After her very first adjustment Tara had an easier time standing, seemed to be prancing a touch, and even started doing the stairs again. Her spastic ribcage? All of a sudden it was gone. With each adjustment she continued to improve, and her fur mom could usually tell when she was due. After being seen regularly for several months, Tara took a nasty spill that left her partially paralyzed. She was dragging her back end, could hardly walk, and needed help going outside to go potty. For the first time in her life, Tara didn’t need to be leashed when going outside because there was no way for her to run away. Her parents were heartbroken and didn’t quite know what to do, so they called our mom and said it was an emergency. After seeing Tara, our mom knew this was a pivotal time. She told Tara’s parents to give her two weeks, and if Tara didn’t get any better in that amount of time, perhaps it was time to look at other options. Well, luckily for all parties involved that conversation never needed to be had. Tara started to improve immediately. Little by little her strength came back, and by her third visit Tara was jumping on couches again (though not as gracefully). It took approximately six weeks for Tara to regain near full control and every now and again she will have an accident, however, all in all Tara is back to her normal self. Because of her enthusiasm, it is as if a 3 year old greyhound is stuck in a teenagers body. She pushes herself to the limit and tends to bring injury upon her little racer body. The amazing thing is how quickly she is able to recover using alternative therapies such as laser and chiropractic in addition to some conventional medicine. She is by far one of the most determined greyhounds our mom has ever met, and she loves the fight this girl has to live and to live well!
This handsome gentleman to your left is none another than Archibald. Archibald just celebrated his 14th birthday and doesn’t look a day over 10. He gave his mom a bad scare a couple of months ago when he all of a sudden was unable to use his back legs. They weren’t functioning, he couldn’t get a grip, and he was dragging them when he tried to pull himself up. He was even having a difficult time feeling pain sensation in the one paw, which is not a good thing. Our mom found him to have a great deal going on. He had a lot of structural shifts within his spine, starting in his neck and going all the way down to his pelvis. His levels of sensitivity were through the roof and you could see that his fur was almost jumping off of him when you touched certain places. We are quite happy to report that Archibald began walking again after his first adjustment. Since he’s been under care his mom tells us that he has even been getting in and out of the car a bit more often and seems to have a touch more energy. He is much more comfortable in his daily routine and his sensitivity levels have dropped to normal. Archie is one happy man and we couldn’t be happier that our mom could help him feel more like himself!
We’d like to tell you about Ramona. She is a gorgeous little shihtzu that is surrounded by more felines than she cares to mention. Ramona is getting up there in years and she had begun to struggle with walking. It also doesn’t help that Ramona is handicapable, being that she only has one eye. Her sensory is a touch off, making it difficult for her to find balance, and for quite some time she had been having a horrible time walking. Ramona’s fur parents decided to get her adjusted on a regular basis to help improve her quality of life, and they could not have made a better decision even if they tried. Within her first couple of adjustments, Ramona began walking with more vigor and a great deal more stability. She still wobbled a touch but not nearly the way she once had. They noticed her energy levels increasing and all of a sudden she was able to go on longer and longer walks. For the first time in almost two years, she jumped off of her parents bed. Though these may seem like small feats to the average human, to Ramona the pup and her parents, they are a huge deal. Ramona continues to get adjusted to keep herself in check and as stable as possible, and to get herself out of the house away from all her kitty companions (seeing as they can get a little annoying sometimes
Say hello to Tucker! Tucker is an almost four-year-old black lab with some of the most loving fur parents a guy could have. He’s sweet, he’s charming, and he loves to give our mom big fat kisses. You may be wondering why a pup so young started seeing our mom, so we figured we’d tell you. Tucker had both of his elbows operated on at a very young age because of abnormal bony fragments and growth. Since then he’d always had a bit of an on again off again limp when walking. Walking with his dad is by far one of his most favorite activities so this just wasn’t going to do. Also, he had started to have seizure-like episodes and his parents were worried. They had been going to the chiropractor for themselves for quite some time so they thought maybe getting Tucker adjusted would be their answer. Thus far, they have been correct. Tucker has been under chiropractic care for nearly one year and during that time has not had one episode, nor has he had any limping issues. His elbows are as stable as they can be and he’s got a great deal of energy, perfect for playing with his new baby sister Lily. Tucker has become part of our family over the last year, and we are so happy our mom was blessed enough to meet his fur parents!
We’ve got an action packed update for everyone today. Not one, but two, of our stunning malamutes are being featured this holiday week. Meet Bear and Bella, two alaskan malamute malute pups that are just under two years of age. These two have been seeing our mom for over one year now, and they have made tremendous progress. When Bear first started seeing our mom, he was going through a great deal of growing pains, something that isn’t hard to imagine when putting on one hundred pounds in several months. He would limp off and on and just didn’t seem very comfortable. His energy levels were down and he just wasn’t acting the way a puppy, regardless of size, should act. After nearly one year of consistent care, Bear has gotten rid of his limp, his growing has slowed but his size continues to become more massive as his activity levels have risen. He loves the dog park and will go on longer walks now that he’s feeling more up to it. His sister Bella, though not nearly as large, also has energy for days. She loves to swim in her pool and manages to keep her body in pretty great shape. The two often rough house and that in itself is its own set of traumas and injuries. In order to maintain their stable structures, chiropractic has become part of their regular regimen. We love these two snuggle monsters!
This 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!