Bailey and her Pinched Nerve

pinchednerveSay hello to sweet Bailey! This beautiful girl is 13 and recently has been showing signs of pain and discomfort. She has been dragging and tripping on her front leg and just not acting herself. She has been lethargic and low energy and not jumping into the car. Bailey has been under chiropractic care for a good portion of her life, so before doing anything too drastic, her family opted to get her adjusted!

Bailey was stiff and lame at her first visit, but the spasm in her neck indicated it was likely a pinched nerve stemming from this region. Her range of motion was limited and she wasn’t wanting to do a full body shake. After two adjustments this was almost completely remedied. Bailey was full of energy and able to hop on into the car without a whimper. The limping was present but not nearly as prominent as it was in the beginning. By her third adjustment Bailey’s spasm had nearly disappeared and her range of motion was almost normal in her neck.

Bailey may be considered a senior dog by her age but don’t let that fool you. Her arthritis won’t keep her down and we certainly weren’t going to allow a pinched nerve do that to her either. We are so glad Bailey is doing so exceptionally well and we love this girl to pieces!

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!

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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!

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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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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!

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!

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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!

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Zuko the Rottie and his Bad Back

badbackCheck out Zuko- that handsomest rottie mix that we’ve ever seen. We may be a little partial…he’s certainly grown on us over the past several months and become part of the family. Zuko came in because he was dealing with a lot of limping after every adventure outside. He couldn’t play, run, or really do anything without having a bad limp afterward in addition to having some low back pain. Since mom and dad go to the chiropractor, they figured that might be exactly what he needed to get over this hump.

 

On Zuko’s first visit it was more or less love at first sight. He came bounding in with a huge grin on his face, and a limp on his back end. Though nothing appeared to be torn or injured, the darn limp was still there. After two adjustments Zuko’s limp had basically disappeared. Hard to believe but his energy level skyrocketed and he was totally ready to go retrieve some balls.

 

A few months after being adjusted Zuko injured his hind leg and was struggling to put full weight on it. Concerned that it might be a tear, his fur mom brought him in to get checked. Luckily for us it appeared that Zuko sprained his cruciate ligament, something that normally takes several weeks to a couple of months to heal. Within two weeks and two adjustments Zuko was back to normal. Inflammation was gone and his gait was perfectly normal. Once again our happy boy was back to his happy self!