Gordon the Shepherd and his Pinched Nerve

Check out Gordon! He is a rescued shepherd that caught our hearts the moment we met him. He is an absolute Velcro dog and thinks he is only ten pounds. When Gordon started limping horribly, his fur mom was very concerned. It got to the point where within a few days Gordon wasn’t weight bearing hardly at all in his one front leg. His limp was horrible and he wasn’t getting up without help and didn’t come to greet mom at the door when she came home. The veterinarian couldn’t tell what was wrong and said they’d need an MRI and possibly surgery.


Not wanting to go that route unless there were no other options, Gordon’s mom gave us a call first. Gordon waltzed in non weight bearing on the one front leg and was in complete spasm throughout his neck. Upon further investigation, Gordon had always been a big puller on his lead. This had lead to a significant pinched nerve at the base of his neck.


After his first adjustment, Gordon began to weight bear about fifty percent of the time. Within three adjustments Gordon’s gait had completely resolved and he wasn’t limping any longer. He was getting up and greeting mom at the door and even running on his walks. His energy was back and overall he felt amazing again. All of this without ever having to go under the knife! Sometimes the simplest solutions are the ones we tend to ignore, we are so glad Gordon’s mom didn’t!


To watch a before and after video of Gordon- click here!


Reverse Sneezing in Dogs

Reverse Sneezing And Your Dog – What Is It?

reversesneezeReverse sneezing is a common respiratory event in dogs characterized by sudden, rapid, and repeated inhalations through the nose, followed by snorts and gagging. This can be a terrifying experience for dog owners. The good news? It doesn’t appear to be harmful for dogs without underlying conditions such as heart disease. In fact, many dogs are normal before and after a reverse sneezing attack. Why does this occur then?

What is the cause?

                  There are a few potential causes of a reverse sneeze. However, the most common appear to be the result of soft palate irritation. This can be caused by many factors including:

  • Excitement
  • Eating or drinking
  • Exercise
  • Irritation of the throat via a leash
  • Foreign bodies in the throat

These potential irritators lead to a narrowing of the airway making it temporarily difficult to breathe. As a result, a dog will try and remove the offending aggravator by rapidly breathing in an out – which may sound like choking. This is the body’s way of trying to clear the affected respiratory area.

reversesneezeHow to treat reverse sneezing?

Typically, a dog will not need any treatment. Most episodes end up resolving quickly on their own. However, there are a couple of treatment methods that can be used depending on the severity of the condition. To begin with, some believe an episode can be shortened by closing the dog’s nostrils with your hand and gently massaging the throat for a few seconds. It is possible this works by helping the dog relax and forcing them to breathe through their mouth. If the episode doesn’t resolve quickly, or is chronic, vets may recommend anti-histamines. This appears to be rarely necessary though.

Reverse sneezing is a scary condition the first time an owner experiences it. After all, it can sound a lot like choking. It is rarely an issue for dogs though. In fact, most dogs are completely normal after an episode. It typically doesn’t require anything more than time. However, if you are concerned about your pet’s health, certainly contact your veterinarian.


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