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Guinness the Dachshund with IVDD

IVDDMeet Guinness the dachshund, he has IVDD. Guinness is just a baby and he began having some serious back pain because of the disc disease. After going to their veterinarian, Guinness was given several options including medication for now and potentially surgery later on, maybe a wheelcart, depending on his own situation. That was certainly a lot of information to take in for such a young and once spunky guy. He was diagnosed with IVDD, a very common condition in the Weiner dog world. Once they got him home from the vet, his fur parents really wanted to look into other options for his care.

Guinness came to see us shortly after this bout of pain began. He was crying, shaking, and unwilling to do his normal everyday activities. Even bending his head down to eat was a problem, and he certainly wasn’t jumping up onto the sofa anymore. It all had happened quite quickly and what seemed to be out of nowhere. Guinness walked in all hunched up and was a tight little ball of muscle spasm. We gave his dad a few different exercises to try with him and told him to get back in one week later for another visit to get the ball rolling.

Touching base with his dad a few days later, Guinness was already 70 percent back to himself. He wasn’t on any medications, he was walking and eating, and he was back to getting on his bed and the sofa. After visit number two his hunch had completely disappeared and he was walking completely normal. Guinness will always have IVDD, and the risk of him getting hurt is definitely higher, however, because his parents have chosen to supplement his standard care with chiropractic, we are hoping to prevent the majority of what normally comes with the diagnosis. We have no interest in seeing Guinness undergo surgery or end up in a cart, that’s why he has become a well adjusted dog!

Jaxson the Happy Lab and his Preventative Care!

Meet Jaxson, a handsome Labrador whose sole purpose in life is to make his family happy. He loves his off leash adventures and most importantly he remains incredibly active in his daily life. Jaxson has never had a specific issue, rather, he comes in because his moms know the importance of prevention and protection of his spine and extremities.

 

Jaxson is a very well-adjusted and well taken care of dog. He always has a couple of areas that need some work because of his active life. He also has a little sister that is a bundle of energy and LOVES to play. Between the two of them they are constantly wrestling, chasing one another, and tumbling. Because of this additional stressor Jaxson’s adjustments have helped him maintain some sense of stability.

 

Several months after Jaxson started getting adjusted he actually ended up having a really bad episode. He was crying and whimpering and was not the dog we have come to know and love. His mom quickly got him in to be adjusted, thinking that something structural was the problem. Within moments of his adjustment, his mom ran back into the clinic to let us know Jaxson had hopped right on into the car without any hesitation and he already seemed so much better. Though episodes like this can still happen, it shows how those under preventative care can bounce back faster than expected because their bodies are already in a close to normal state. We love Jaxson and his entire family, and we are so glad they decided to put their pups health in our hands!

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Water fountains for Our Pets!

What are the benefits of a water fountain for your cat?

water fountain               Pet water fountains are popping up in American households nationwide. Is this some type of fad, or is there an actual benefit for our furry friends? According to sources, fountains may be more than just a decoration. In fact, there may be numerous benefits. In this blog, we will discuss how water fountains are beneficial for our cats.

Healthier water

One of the biggest benefits is that water from a fountain is cleaner. Stagnant water that sits in a bowl all day will accumulate toxins and nasty substances. A water fountain cleans water by utilizing a pump that circulates water through a charcoal filter. This filter will pull impurities out of water and help keep our pet healthy. This alone is worth the price of a fountain.

Complements a dry food diet

water fountain                 Many Americans feed their cats dry food. This can be an issue for an animal if they aren’t drinking enough water. Since dry food has little to no water, these cats need to hydrate more than their counterparts who receive wet food. If not, it can be particularly taxing on their kidneys and may contribute to urinary tract problems.

Imitates more natural sources of water

Some experts believe, cats may prefer running water. That is why you often see cats drinking from a dripping tap. They believe that:

  1. Cats may prefer running water because they can locate it with their keen sense of hearing.
  2. Cats can’t see stagnant water well
  3. Cats may be wary of still water because it indicates it is not fresh.

Cats evolved with many primitive instincts that keep them alive. This may very well be one of them.

As you can see, drinking water is more complex than what you may have considered when it comes to cats. A water fountain provides many benefits as an alternative to stagnant water in a bowl. It cleans their water, complements a dry food diet, and imitates more natural sources of water they would encounter in the wild. Interested in finding one for your furry friend? Visit any pet store in your local area or you can order a fountain online.

 

Sir Francis the Pug Walks Again

partial paralysisThis handsome hunk of pug is Frank, Sir Francis Oliver Poops-a-lot King of the Panty Raiders, to be exact. Frank is a teenager with the personality of a puppy. He wants nothing more than to cuddle, be petted, and basically be your best friend. As he’s aged, Frank has really started having trouble with his back end. His legs have become weak, his muscles have atrophied a bit, his spine has become arthritic, and he has a habit of dragging or falling in his back end more often than standing upright. It started to become of real concern when Frank was really struggling to maintain a walk without falling over, and then also not being able to get back up. He really wasn’t able to walk, rather he would drag himself unless he had some help.

 

When Frank started getting adjusted, we weren’t quite sure how quickly he may respond to his improved mobility. As is common with senior dogs, fighting arthritis can be an uphill battle depending on how long it’s been present. We would soon find out that Frank had a lot more fight left in him as he began to improve rapidly. In the beginning, Frank could hardly pick himself up after a fall or he’d need help. After his first adjustment he seemed to be able to recover faster than before. By the time he’d been adjusted three times Frank was like a new knight.

 

First, he was not falling over nearly as much as he did originally. He was able to pick himself up when he did and the crossing over of his back legs had diminished. His muscle tone improved tremendously and the mobility in his back was fifty percent better than what it was. He was like a rocket ship on slippery floors and once he got moving you really couldn’t stop him. Frank continues to surpass our expectations at each visit, and we are so happy his fur dad decided to add chiropractic to his regimen!

Max the Terrier and his Bad Back

maxrusselOh Max, what can we say about this boy that hasn’t already been said. Max was referred to us because he was depending on medication and steroid injections just to get by. His fur parents saw him improve, but it would only be temporary and was lasting for shorter and shorter amounts of time. Max was on not just one but several medications when we first met him and his parents were anxious to do anything they could to improve his quality of life while also potentially getting him off of his medications. We are so thankful they were referred our way because it gave us the opportunity to fall in love with this sweet and wonderful boy.

 

As Max had gotten older, his little body had started to give him some trouble. He was arthritic, inflamed, and what seemed to be constantly uncomfortable. He would limp randomly and also was walking less and less. With his overall health in mind, his parents decided to try chiropractic and see if it would be the answer they had been looking for. On Max’s first visit we couldn’t believe quite how sensitive he was from head to tail. His back was like a field filled with structural instability landmines. We knew we could help this little munchkin, it was just a matter of time.

 

After adjustment one Max was already showing big signs of improvement. He was moving easier, acting happier, and even walking more. After his third adjustment his parents had been able to ween him off his pain medications entirely. Through continued maintenance, Max is back to how he was a few years ago; a furball full of energy, excitement, and loving life. We were just told today that Max has not had to have any steroid injections since he started getting adjusted and we just couldn’t contain our excitement. To see Max come so far in such a short period of time was inspirational. Just because you have a senior dog, does not mean he cannot adapt and come back to a more normal structure with stability. When that happens, the sky is the limit!

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Pet Dementia: Does it Exist?

Kitty Alzheimers, puppy dementia, are these even real things? You bet your bottom dollar. Though not the exact same as the human version, animals have a similar disorder designated “Cognitive Dysfunction Syndrome”. All those times you thought Fluffy and Fido were acting just a bit off, perhaps even a bit confused, could have been early signs of this disorder.

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According to a study done a few years ago, by the age of 11 approximately 50% of pets have started to show signs of CD, and by the time your pet hits 15 that number goes up to 68%. That means that the majority of senior animals are struggling with some semblance of cognitive distress. Several pets begin to show signs of mental decline beginning at middle age, and for whatever reason it seems to have become more prevalent.

 

 

Some of the symptoms of cognitive dysfunction include:

  • Increased sleeping during a 24 hour period
  • Apathy
  • Lack of interest in activity
  • Forgetfulness
  • Inability to remember simple tasks previously learned
  • Increased anxiety through the day, notable discomfort
  • Staring into space with a blank look
  • Pacing
  • Unusual or unwarranted barking
  • Trouble recognizing familiar environments and/or people
  • General confusion

 

All of the above listed symptoms can be part of other conditions, and do not in themselves diagnose a pet with cognitive dysfunction syndrome. A variety of tests are often run to rule out other possible diseases. For instance, animals with incontinence as they age could fall into the CD category as well as those with seizures. In these cases the underlying condition is the cause rather than the actual diagnosis.cat dementia

 

What can you do about cognitive dysfunction disorder? To start, keeping your pet mentally stimulated is imperative. Much like humans, the brain is similar to a muscle in which if you don’t use it, you being to lose it. Mental exercises will keep your pet sharp and entertained while also strengthening your bond. In addition to mental stimulation, a healthy and appropriate diet along with regular physical exercise maintains a sound mental state. A healthy body promotes a healthy mind!

 

cat dementiaIf you think your pet may be suffering from a form of kitty alzheimers or doggy dementia, definitely pay a visit to your local veterinarian to rule out any other potential causes first. Once that has been done, do your best to keep your pet active, both physically and mentally. Doing this will pay off in the long run and can keep you both happy! If you have further questions feel free to contact us at 248 602 0807 or via email at advancedanimalchiropractic@gmail.com.

Bella the Lab and Her Wiggly Hips and Limping

bellalofquistBella is a beautiful hazel-eyed girl that was really struggling with limping. Not that she didn’t enjoy being a puppy, but she wasn’t really acting like one. She seemed to come up lame fairly regularly and walk as if her hips were really giving her trouble. It started to worsen to where she really didn’t play for longer than a few moments, when she did she would limp afterward, and was more inclined to snuggle than go get crazy with her best gal pal Regalo. Seeing as Bella was only a few months over a year old, her fur mama was worried that something else was going on, perhaps hip dysplasia or worse, despite her xrays showing nothing wrong. That’s when she decided to give chiropractic a try.

 

Bella was an absolute doll at her first visit. She came in, smiled, and instantly made herself at home next to her mom. Her gait was a little off, and quite wiggly. Now we understand some pups have varying degrees of “wiggly” in their normal walk, but for Bella it seemed a bit too much. She was really thrusting her back legs forward and almost appeared slightly lame. A slight limp was definitely present. Upon closer examination it was realized that Bella had a lot of structural instability going on in both her spine but also in her pelvis. This was good news because it indicated that perhaps Bella could be helped through chiropractic after all!

 

After her first adjustment Bella had already begun to show signs of improvement. She was walking a bit straighter, with confidence, and she had less sensitivity in her spine. After a few more visits Bella was like a new pup. She was playing, initiating the play, keeping up with her playmate, and even showing her up at times. Bella had become a confident girl and was feeling great, she could move the way her body was intended to move, without restriction, and because of this was able to really go back to being a puppy. We love Bella and are so happy she decided to give us a try!!

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Puppies and Chiropractic Care

We’ve all experienced the joy of watching puppies play. These little furballs tumble and toss one another around like it’s their job. When they’re small, it doesn’t look as if these tiny somersaults have much of an effect on their bodies. As they get bigger, however, these tiny tumbles turn into much larger falls with an even greater impact on their developing bodies. Let’s take a moment and think about how imperative proper development is to all growing animals.

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The most important time in any animal’s life, both emotionally and physically, is the first eighteen months. During this time they begin to develop both personality and their adult structure. All of those bumps and bruises they experience during puppyhood can become engrained in their adult structure if not addressed in a timely manner. As the saying goes, “as the limb grows, so grows the tree”. Keep this in mind when visualizing your animal’s structure. If they go through the beginning of life in an abnormal manner, it stands to reason that their structure will develop around this, and abnormal will become their “normal”.

 

Imagine for a moment, your puppy is playing with another dog in the backyard. You watch as they run at lightning speed chasing one another. As one catches up to the other, he makes a jump and they both go down twisting a turning. You hold your breath praying neither is hurt. Moments later they’re both up and running again, as if nothing had happened. That means everything is okay right? Well let’s change perspectives for a second. If your toddler fell down a flight of stairs, would you be concerned even if they got right back up and continued tottering? Probably. In fact you’d likely be on the phone with your pediatrician very quickly to see if further action needed to be taken.

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Why wouldn’t we be just as concerned with our puppy? It is probably because they rarely show weakness. Animals live their lives as part of a pack. They each have a rank within the pack, and being lowest on the totem pole makes one susceptible to constant challenges and possibly death. Though we would never dream of kicking our pet out, they cannot differentiate between a pack with you as an alpha and a pack with another dog as an alpha. Weakness is their ticket out, and for this reason they will do everything in their power to avoid showing any.

 

When your puppy plays hard, he is bound to hurt himself and alter his normal structure. More often than not, that normal structure changes as compensation for injury, rarely is it due to the injury itself. When animals are young their bodies have the ability to mold more easily than at an older age. With that in mind it makes it even more important to make sure their nervous system and skeletal system is stable at this time. Developing with an incorrect structure can have some serious long-term complications. Animals with improper structure are more likely to experience weakened joints which in turn lead to weakened ligaments and musculature, weakened soft tissue can lead to soft tissue injury. The list goes on.

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What can you do to make sure your puppy develops properly? For one, chiropractic is imperative. Animal chiropractors make sure your animal is in proper alignment and has within normal joint mobility. Doing this allows for your puppy experience puppyhood without quite the risk it might normally have, rather than living in a bubble during the developmental months. Chiropractic adjustments are gentle, low force, and very effective on maintaining a stable structure. If you have further questions regarding your puppy and how to provide a solid environment for growth, feel free to contact us at advancedanimalchiropractic@gmail.com or at 248 602 0807.