Lab Pinched Nerve

Maverick The Lab & His Pinched Nerve

Lab Pinched NerveWell it’s that time of year again, the holidays. A time to play with some round balls hung up on trees, eat plants we shouldn’t be eating, sleep in the branches, and add ourselves to the village display. It’s also a time when a lot of our mom’s patients start having more aches and pains. She just told us a story today about one of her new patients, a lab/shepherd mix who had been experiencing some severe neck pain.

One day this dog was on a walk when he saw a delicious looking squirrel. He couldn’t help himself and he had to run after it, and who could blame him, they are awfully plump this time of year. Unfortunately his leash ended before he reached said squirrel and his neck was given a big jerk. For two months after this incidence the dog experienced horrible pain. He moped around the house, wasn’t eating as much as he usually did, and wasn’t his normal self.

This pup’s owner had tried a lot of different things suggested by the traditional vet and nothing seemed to be working. She herself sees a chiropractor so she thought that would be something that could help her little guy…and that’s when she found our mom. After his very first visit, this pup went from hardly being able to turn his head to full range of motion. He wasn’t in pain, was able to go for walks and play with his sister, and there was no more yelps of pain. His owner couldn’t be happier and neither could our mom. Just in time for the holidays this big guy is back to his normal self, chasing squirrels and loving life.

Ordon Setter Limping, Weakness, & Pain

Flair The Ordon Setter & Her Limping, Weakness, & Pain

Ordon Setter Limping,     Weakness,   & PainThis weeks update is an exciting and unexpected one. Our mom has a gorgeous gordon setter female dog for a patient, she’s quite a site to look at, and is a showstopper. She started getting adjusted mainly for overall health, but with hopes that her strength and muscle tone would improve. After her very first adjustment, her owner was ecstatic about how much stronger she was in her hindlimbs. She continued to gain strength and improve in her health. She took a bit of a spill this month and came up lame in her hind limb, dragging her right foot behind her when she showed. After one adjustment the lameness was gone and she was once again sound. Her owner even commented how she improved that very first day, and now after several adjustments her acid reflux has also decreased significantly. It just goes to show how structural imbalances in the body can affect so much more than biomechanics.

Doodle Cruciate Tear

Copper The Doodle & His Cruciate Tear

Doodle Cruciate Tear

Well we apologize for the delay in updates, our mom has been incredibly busy and there is much to tell. Let’s start with our first success story, a little dog named “Copper”. Copper is a doodle, he’s eleven years young and has had a history of on/off limping. Every time he has an episode the limp had gone away within a few hours. Not this time though. Copper came in from outside with one of his hind legs hiked up entirely. He wouldn’t put any weight on it at all and was hobbling to and fro. His mom and dad were quite worried so they took him to the vet, and the vet wasn’t quite sure what was causing Copper’s issue either.  He prescribed pain pills and anti-inflammatories and told them if that didn’t work they’d maybe want to look into surgery.

Well Copper’s parents had no interest in surgery, afterall Copper is a bit older and exploratory surgery just didn’t sound like a great idea. They had seen chiropractors for quite some time and figured maybe Copper had something like a pinched nerve causing the leg lift. This is where our mom comes in, she was called out to look at Copper and see what she could do. She explained that though it would take some time, Copper looked like a run of the mill case. He had multiple structural shifts throughout his lower back and pelvis leading to inflammation and muscular spasm.

Little by little, adjustment after adjustment, Copper started putting his foot down. After his sixth adjustment Copper had gone from refusing to use that fourth limb to 95% back to normal. Our mom recommends he continue to get checked on a monthly basis so as to protect him from having another incident. This little guy did great and his mom and dad couldn’t be happier!

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.

Beagle Cruciate Tear

Diego The Beagle & His Cruciate Tear

Beagle Cruciate TearThis curious little beagle you see here is called Diego, and he lives up to that saucy name. He is a huge sweet pea that had a rough go this winter. After a few slip and falls he actually ended up tearing one of his cruciate ligaments, making his hind end very unstable and incredibly difficult to walk with all four legs, so he managed on three. Now as much of a trooper as Diego was, his mom was worried about him and took him to see the veterinarian. Her options seemed pretty limited…surgery, pain medication, or nothing at all. She took matters into her own hands and decided to try an alternative route that involved homeopathy, essential oils, and chiropractic care. It was a big commitment but even after his first adjustment he showed huge improvement. In fact, while in the room he went from having a divot in his back to a near straightened topline, it was pretty amazing. Though he continued to gimp around for a couple of months there was no doubt some major improvements were happening. After about two and a half months of treatment, Diego walked into our mom’s office on all four legs without even the slightest hint of a limp. We were excited, our mom was excited, his naturopath was excited, his mom was excited, and Diego really just wanted to celebrate with a margarita. Another story with a happy ending, Diego continues to get treated to maintain his stability and help prevent another episode from occurring!

Arthritis In Labs

Max The Lab & His Trouble With Arthritis

MaxCheck out Max, he’s one heck of a sweetie pie and is always smiling from ear to ear. Max is getting up there in age and he’s got multiple levels of arthritis in his spine as well as some blocked vertebrae. With a history of spinal problems his veterinarian felt like chiropractic would be a perfect addition to his healthcare regimen. They could not have been more correct. Max was very slow moving at first, had difficulty getting up, and was unable to get in and out of the car. After his first adjustment, he left the office and nearly jumped into the car (either because he was feeling great or he just wanted to get out of the office that bad). Regardless it was something that had not happened in quite some time. Over the next few weeks Max was like a new dog. With each day he continues to improve. When he sees our mom he’s a happy guy, has very little trouble getting up and down, and even moves a bit quicker. Overall Max is a happy guy and his parents are excited to see a bit more of his puppiness come back in his older years.

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!

Doxie Disc Disease

Coney the doxie and his disc disease

Doxie Disc DiseaseThis past week our mom had the pleasure of meeting two very special pups, each with his and her own unique story. First we’d like to tell you about Coney. Coney is a lovely little dachshund approximately three years old. He’d never had any major health issues but had on occasion limped on three legs and held his one hind limb up. Over one holiday weekend, Coney went from totally fine to limping and lethargic. He couldn’t get up and down the stairs, couldn’t jump, and really couldn’t walk steadily. His family decided something just wasn’t right after several days of no improvement. That’s when they figured they’d try a different avenue and bring him to our mom, the animal chiropractor. He did great during his first treatment, was a little nervous but overall handled everything well. Within two days Coney was going up the stairs and even jumping up and onto his parents’ laps again. At his second appointment, Coney was visibly feeling better, greeting everyone and smiling. Two adjustments and this little man is walking almost 100% and almost entirely pain free. Yay Coney!

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!