Princeton the Dachshund and his Disc Bulge

Take a moment to meet Princeton. This handsome fellow was diagnosed with a disc problem that suddenly came out of nowhere. He began dragging his back leg and his parents feared it wouldn’t be long before he was partially paralyzed. They were told the options were surgery, a cart, and possible euthanasia. Princeton’s parents knew there had to be another option so instead they elected to try alternative care first.

At Princeton’s first visit we could see how much he was struggling with his one hind leg. It was knuckled under and dragging, he didn’t have much feeling in his back end, and we were concerned he may lose bowel and bladder control. He did, however, manage to wag his tail which was an incredibly good sign. It looked as though Princeton had the beginning stages of a disc bulge that if left alone could lead to a ruptured disc. 

Princeton was adjusted three times in two weeks and then once a week for the next couple of visits. By the second visit Princeton was already showing signs of improvement. He was resisting during his exercises and the feeling in his back leg appeared to be coming back. By his third visit Princeton had begun to lift his one leg up and attempt to use it. By his third week of treatments Princeton was actually utilizing the dragging leg. After a total of six visits, Princeton was back to himself. He is able to run and jump and his back leg no longer drags. His back moves beautifully and he continues to get regular chiropractic care just to maintain his mobility in his spine! Watch below to see his before and after video!

 

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!

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Lucy with Arthritis and a Drunken Walk

dogarthritisMeet Lucy! Lucy is a senior Bichon that started coming to see us because she was dragging her back legs and had some significant arthritis. Though she was older, her mom knew it didn’t make sense for her to be in so much pain. Lucy walked as if she was a little drunk and her back legs crossed over one another from time to time. This was also concerning for her mom, as it seemed like she was showing symptoms of something more serious than arthritis.

After meeting Lucy and giving her a once over, she definitely was exhibiting symptoms of a pinched nerve, possibly even a minor disc bulge. She was uncomfortable and lower energy. Lucy did great getting adjusted and her mom was perfect at following her treatment plan. We first saw Lucy twice a month until she was out of pain (which took about two visits!), after that we started seeing Lucy less frequently as her adjustments were holding. Now, we see Lucy about every 6-8 weeks depending on her activity level.

After seeing Lucy this last visit, her mom told us that she is now doing stairs again and jumping on furniture, both things she has not done for over two years. She also doesn’t have any pain, her legs don’t drag, and she hasn’t tripped over herself since coming to get adjusted. Lucy was showing signs of the beginning stages of a disc problem, which can become quite serious. Her mom was proactive in getting her adjusted and now Lucy has more energy than she did two years ago. Pets are truly wonderful at hiding their pain and discomfort, so it’s always a good idea to get them checked out for prevention’s sake!

Chloe with Disc Disease and her Partial Paralysis

Chloe came to see us in the fall of 2017 partially paralyzed in her hind end. This little munchkin is a “senior” chihuahua but there’s nothing senior about her. She had no history of back end issues or lameness. What began as a wobbly walk turned into total paresis within 24 hours. After visiting the neurologist she was diagnosed with IVDD and likely a disc rupture that would require an MRI and surgery. Chloe’s owner wasn’t sold however and wanted to try the alternative route first.

At her first visit Chloe did not have any use in her back legs and she would drag herself everywhere. She had mild deep pain response and was severely hunch backed. She was sweet as ever but we could tell she was uncomfortable. After just her first visit Chloe was showing signs of improvement. Over the next two weeks Chloe was adjusted 4 times, and by her fifth visit she was standing and able to walk without knuckling.

After a total of seven adjustments her owner reported a 95% return to normal with only the occasional hesitation with stairs or jumping. Chloe was never on any medications nor did she do anything outside of her normal routine aside from chiropractic adjustments. It is absolutely amazing what can be done without ever needing surgery with dogs dealing with disc issues, and Chloe is a prime example!

Watch Chloe’s before and after video below!

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Lottie and her Cruciate Ligament Tear

cruciateligamentMeet Lottie! This little lady had a total cruciate tear in her back leg that was causing her some serious trouble. She wasn’t able to put weight down on her injured leg and she hobbled around as if nothing was wrong. She was quickly diagnosed with a cruciate tear and was told she would need surgery to fix the issue. Having experience with alternate therapies herself, her fur mom decided she’d rather give chiropractic a try to see if that might be the answer.

After just three visits Lottie was already putting her leg down and using it to motor around the house. Though she continued to toe-tap, she was clearly on the mend. As she grew stronger and her muscle tone improved, Lottie was able to use her leg more confidently. By the end of 6 visits Lottie was nearly 100%.

Lottie loves to walk and play, and when surgery was first suggested she was told these things would not be options for several months. Knowing her pup would not be able to sit still for that extended period of time lead her mom to research alternative options. Lottie was able to live a fairly normal life during her healing period, and within two months she was good as new. Yay Lottie!

 

Check out her before and after videos here!

Lottie Before and After Chiropractic

Molly the Lab with a Cruciate Tear

cruciatetearGood golly miss Molly! Molly here is a senior Labrador but at heart she is definitely more of a puppy. For the greater part of the summer Molly was limping on her back leg, and eventually she wasn’t able to put weight on her right hind. At that point her mom knew something was up and took her in to see her veterinarian. Molly was diagnosed with a torn cruciate ligament, and the option she was given was surgery. Her mom knew there had to be another way, so she decided to go the chiropractic route.

On her first visit Molly hobbled in holding her back leg up and not weight bearing hardly at all. She had lost a great deal of muscle and her ligament was undoubtedly injured. For four weeks we did consistent chiropractic adjustments. At the end of this period Molly was weight bearing at least 70 percent of the time on her injured leg, and her muscle tone had begun to improve. At the end of six weeks, Molly was basically normal again.

Molly never went under the knife, she never was on medication, and she never had to deal with complications from surgery. She was active the entire time, her mom dutifully did massage on her and she got adjusted. With all of this, she was able to make a full recovery and is no worse for the wear. Molly goes on mile long walks and will run without a second thought now, something she hadn’t been able to do thanks to that pesky injury. Yahoo Molly girl!

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Bozo the senior pup with stiffness and mobility troubles

Meet Bozo. Unlike his name may imply, Bozo is anything but clownish or silly. He is serious, kindhearted, and a very mellow dude. Bozo is a welsh terrier that has struggled with allergies his entire life. He is on a strict diet and supplement regimen to help with that, however, when he started to really struggle with limping and getting around the house, his mom was referred to us.

 

Upon first meeting Bozo one could tell he was just tired and uncomfortable. His joints were stiff and he was moving so slowly. Every step seemed to be labored and his energy levels were nonexistent. Bozo’s spine and joints were in definite need of some tender loving care, which is where we came in! It took about four adjustments, and Bozo would show slight improvement with each visit. After his fifth visit, however, Bozo turned the corner and was like his old self again.

 

This fifteen year old was not limping, his itching had decreased dramatically, and he was actually being very playful. He wanted to run a little bit and would saunter off and try to play with his brother, Freckles. There’s no doubt that Bozo is still a senior dog with mobility issues, however, for the time being his quality of life has improved drastically and we are excited that he is able to live out his senior years with more joy than he had previously!

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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!

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Holden with Arthritis and a Cruciate Tear

It’s about time we introduced everyone to Holden. Don’t let his handsome face and boyish charm fool you, this senior dog was seriously on the struggle bus earlier this year. We received a phone call in the early spring regarding Holden. He was not weight-bearing on the right hind leg due to a cruciate tear and because of his fourteen years, was not a candidate for cruciate ligament surgery. He also did not travel well because he was horribly arthritic and it was uncomfortable for him to be in the car. Basically, Holden was a mess, and his parents were besides themselves trying to figure out what they could do to help him along his journey.

 

Holden had lost a significant amount of muscle by the time we met him. His strong leg was already weakened and unstable because of how much he had to favor it, and his injured leg had hardly any strength at all. He was only putting the tip of his toes down and that was on every seven or eight steps. Holden didn’t want to sit, lay down, or play. The simplest tasks were becoming hard for him. We explained how chiropractic can often help facilitate healing of the knee and cruciate ligament and stabilize the injury in situations such as Holden’s. Not only would an adjustment regimen help the injured leg improve, but it would also help with his arthritis and the rest of his ailments.

 

Because of the severity of Holden’s injury, we saw him three weeks in a row and then every other week for an additional month. At the end of those seven weeks this pup was fully weight bearing, walking, running, and sitting without trouble. His lameness was no longer present and his strength had returned. This fourteen year old was acting more like a six year old and you’d never have known that a few months earlier it seemed like he may be on his last leg. Between chiropractic and good parenting, Holden has been able to live a much better quality of life and he’s made 2017 a great year. Hoping 2018 turns out even better as he continues to maintain his strength and excitement!