This blonde beauty in front of you is the one they call Missy. She is a six-year-old golden retriever and therapy dog extraordinaire. Missy first started seeing our mom about one year ago, mainly because she wasn’t as energetic as she one was. Her fur mom told ours that Missy had been tiring out easily, wouldn’t jump into the car or truck, and her walks had become shorter and shorter. She even hesitated with stairs. Now back then, Missy was only five, and her mom knew these behaviors just weren’t right. After talking to our mom she decided that chiropractic might be the ticket to helping Missy feel better. She was very right! Missy had A LOT going on at her first adjustment, she even paced when she walked, which is an abnormal gait often associated with structural shifting of the spine. She had multiple areas in need of adjustment, especially in her pelvis. After her first adjustment her fur mom couldn’t get over how great she was doing. Missy no longer hesitated with stairs or the truck, she had a ton more energy, and she wasn’t puppy-sitting anymore. Though she continues to pace, Missy has improved leaps and bounds and is one of our moms loveliest goldens. She continues to get protective care and is happy as a clam!
Meet miss Mable. Mable here is just a puppy and within the first week of being adopted was already having problems. Her problems weren’t exactly run of the mill though because they had to do with her poor jaw. Mable could only open her mouth a fraction of what is considered normal and when she did there was a popping sound each time. She looked like she wanted to yawn but just couldn’t complete the task. Her new fur parents were very concerned! In addition to her jaw problems the poor girl was incredibly itchy, hot to the touch, and had a tinge of pink to her coat. Her visits to the vet proved uneventful as they could find nothing wrong with her jaw and told her parents that some dogs were just “hot” all the time. This didn’t quite sit right with Mable’s new mom so she found our mom. On her first visit, Mable had one of the tightest temporomandibular joints (TMJ) our mom had ever seen. For such a young pup she certainly had done some damage to her TMJ. She had multiple areas already shifting within her spine, some of which were correlating exactly with where she was warmer. After her first adjustment Mable had one of the biggest yawns ever. By her second adjustment, her jaw had improved light-years and she was able to open her mouth twice as far as she could originally. The popping was happening, though less frequently, and shockingly she was no longer exceptionally warm. After her second adjustment, Mable’s TMJ issues were completely resolved. Now if there’s ever a time where it begins to act up, Mable’s mom knows who to call, and our mom is so happy she could help this young pup get the best nap of her life!
Meet Lola. Lola was one of our moms first clients to come to her with a cruciate ligament tear. She arrived at the office with a bad limp, not putting much weight on her hind limb at all, and when she did there was a constant shake to her. Lola appeared to be quite sore and in a bit of pain, and the worst part was she didn’t even want to go on her walks anymore….one of her favorite activities. After deliberating over her options, Lola’s mom decided to give chiropractic a try for her baby girl rather than jump into surgery. Afterall, Lola is more of a senior dog and if she could avoid having to go under the knife that made her mom very happy. Needless to say Lola has become one of our mom’s absolute favorite girls. She improved leaps and bounds with each visit. Despite being considered senior, Lola recovered very quickly. With each adjustment her walks had lengthened, the shaking decreased, the strength returned to her back legs, and she was putting more and more weight on that hind limb. Several months after starting care, Lola had made a full recovery. She now walks completely normal, her energy level is back to what it was, and she continues to harass her mom for her favorite thing ever…WALKS! We are so happy with how far this little lovebug has come.
This 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.
Today 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.
Finally, 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!
Meet Skye! She is a nine year old boxer with a smile that can light up any room. She had been wobbling quite a bit in her hind end so her fur parents decided to get her checked out. Skye was taken to the vet and diagnosed with degenerative myelopathy, a disease that affects the spinal cord and nervous system. There’s no real known cause, rather a suspected mechanism, no way to prevent it, and unfortunately no cure. The most commonly affected breeds are corgis, boxers, and shepherds, and usually has an onset after age 6 or 7. The Merck Veterinary Manual has likened it to Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) in humans. The immune system likely attacks the nervous system, allowing a huge disconnect between brain and body. What begins as slight loss of control in the hind limbs usually progresses to complete paralysis. Skye does have a bit of a drunken sailor walk right now but she is still behaving like a puppy too. She runs, jumps, and seems totally unaffected at times. Her fur parents are doing everything they can to make sure she has the most enjoyable life possible, and after she gets adjusted she definitely has a bit more pep in her step. Our mom is so happy to be able to help Skye feel better and only hopes she can provide her with the best life possible! Thank you to Skye for always brightening our moms day :).
This is Dice. Dice is 17 years old and boy is she a beautiful border collie. Her owner has raised her since she was just a 10 year old girl, needless to say the two of them have very similar personalities. When Dice stopped being able to walk on her right hind leg and really unable to move her mom got incredibly concerned. This was a dog who put her other brothers into place, was the queen bee, and ruled the roost. This was not the type of dog to stay in bed and cry. Her mom knew something just wasn’t right. After getting her checked out by her vet, Dice was brought to our mom to get examined and adjusted for the first time ever. Her mom brought her in on her doggy bed because she couldn’t walk, and she had a lot of difficulty even holding herself in an upright position. Our mom adjusted her and sent her home with some exercises to work on, and she said she’d see her again next week. Less than two days later, Dice was walking. Her mom sent over some video and it looked like a completely different pup. After her second adjustment, Dice was RUNNING!!! We couldn’t believe our super sensitive kitty eyes but there it was, in video, Dice running around in the backyard. Needless to say her mama was incredibly happy, and just wished she had known about chiropractic sooner. Dice continues to improve and is one more example of how important the structure of our body is, because without proper structure, there is improper function!
Today we’d like to talk about two of our all-time favorite terriers…you may think they’re from Boston but no no they are from the great mitten state. These two boys are little bundles of energy, and our mom often calls them her favorite little squirrels. Petey and Chichi (aka Marty), are absolutely fantastic pups. They love to play rough and give each other one heck of a time. Petey has always been a pistol, but Chichi has really come into his own since being under care. Chichi had a big fear…a fear of the tile kitchen floor. His food and water needed to be on the carpet because of how terrifying that floor seemed. Our mom thought perhaps he feared the floor was because he wasn’t able to navigate it well due to decreased sensation in his paw pads…and she just may have been right. After his first adjustment, Chichi’s mom came into the kitchen only to find him standing in the middle of the tile, unaccompanied. With each adjustment he became more adventurous, and more of a pistol like his brother. Now, these two little squirrels play like maniacs and are no worse for the wear because they get adjusted regularly!
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!