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Archie with IVDD and a Ruptured Disc

Meet sweet Archie. He is a senior dachshund that lost the use of his back legs thanks to a disc injury for the second time this past winter. The first time this occurred was one year ago, and with cage rest and medication, Archie was able to re-gain function in his back end. We suspect the first injury was a disc bulge secondary to IVDD. This year when it happened, his mom was worried because it appeared much worse and was likely a ruptured disc as opposed to just a bulging one. It was worse than last time and she didn’t see much change with just medication. She contacted us right away and decided to do chiropractic with him.
At his first visit Archie had only a mild deep pain response in his back legs and had no movement at all. His muscle tone was like jello, he had no bowel and bladder control, and his back was incredibly hunched up. His mom had to bring Archie in using a laundry basket. It was heartbreaking to watch, especially as this little guy did everything he could to try and get around. He wasn’t showing any signs of pain, just confusion as to why he couldn’t move!
Archie was patient as was his mom. She followed our instructions to a T, she used all the tools we gave her and did so religiously. It was 7 adjustments later when Archie came in on his own accord, without a laundry basket, and on a leash. We nearly cried. It had been two and a half months since Archie’s first visit and each time he showed slight bits of progress. His mom never gave up and she entrusted us with the care of her beautiful boy. While Archie may have IVDD, he is moving beautifully, he has tons of energy, and he has never let his ruptured disc bring him down. Check out his before and after videos below!

 

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Milo with IVDD and partial paresis

Milo is a young dachshund that  has had back problems due to IVDD on multiple occasions. The incident that brought him in to see us was more drastic than the previous ones. His back had hunched up, his neck was in spasm, and he was dragging his back legs. Milo was in significant pain and his back was like a rock. There was moderate sensitivity in his thoracolumbar junction. Poor little man was just not himself.

Milo started to relax even during his adjustment on day one. We applied some light traction and decompression therapy and he just melted. Getting pressure off of his disc was a huge relief for him. His parents were given some at home instructions and Milo went home. After two  visits Milo was back on his feet, his hunch had begun to decrease and he was holding his head up higher. He seemed happier and had gone back to eating normally.

After one month of treatment, Milo came trotting in to see us and didn’t even slip on the tile flooring. His back is almost totally flattened and his sensitivity level is well within normal. Milo is a sweetheart that is too young to be faced with a lifetime of back problems, and we are hoping with chiropractic we can help prevent future episodes by keeping his spine moving properly!

Milo before and after chiropractic!

Holly’s Disc Disease and Paralysis

ivddMeet Holly.  She is a 5 year old Dachshund who woke up one day and couldn’t use her back legs thanks to a bad disc.  Naturally, her mother was frantic and immediately took her to the vet.  The vet was not optimistic about her recovery and told the owner that she may want to consider putting her down if she doesn’t start using her rear legs within 48 hours.  The vet recommended a trip to the neurologist and surgery as the only option to alleviate her intervertebral disc disease (IVDD).  Her mom couldn’t afford the recommended surgical route and went to google to find an alternative solution.

Fortunately, she found us!  She called, and we immediately gave her a few tips to help slow the inflammation and secondary damage that results from a disc bulge.  We also gave her a few rehab exercises to stimulate the injured nerves until we could arrive the next day.  When we showed up, she was starting to use her back legs again!  Sure, they weren’t working optimally but we knew with some care and rehab she should return close to 100% of her previous self.

After evaluating her spine, we found some muscle guarding, restriction, and spasm in the mid spine region right where her disc disease was suspected.  We addressed these issues, as well as some problems in the hips.  With the dysfunction in these areas now corrected, it took stress off the parts of the spine pushing on Holly’s injured disc.  We are happy to report that after about a month she is pretty much her old self!  She is running around and as spunky as she has been in a long time.  Now, we are on a plan to check her periodically just to help stabilize the spine, so we don’t have any future issues.  We look forward to seeing her live another 10 years as healthy as her first 5! Check her out 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!

 

Princeton the Dachshund and his Disc Bulge

Take a moment to meet Princeton. This handsome fellow was diagnosed with a disc problem that suddenly came out of nowhere. He began dragging his back leg and his parents feared it wouldn’t be long before he was partially paralyzed. They were told the options were surgery, a cart, and possible euthanasia. Princeton’s parents knew there had to be another option so instead they elected to try alternative care first.

At Princeton’s first visit we could see how much he was struggling with his one hind leg. It was knuckled under and dragging, he didn’t have much feeling in his back end, and we were concerned he may lose bowel and bladder control. He did, however, manage to wag his tail which was an incredibly good sign. It looked as though Princeton had the beginning stages of a disc bulge that if left alone could lead to a ruptured disc. 

Princeton was adjusted three times in two weeks and then once a week for the next couple of visits. By the second visit Princeton was already showing signs of improvement. He was resisting during his exercises and the feeling in his back leg appeared to be coming back. By his third visit Princeton had begun to lift his one leg up and attempt to use it. By his third week of treatments Princeton was actually utilizing the dragging leg. After a total of six visits, Princeton was back to himself. He is able to run and jump and his back leg no longer drags. His back moves beautifully and he continues to get regular chiropractic care just to maintain his mobility in his spine! Watch below to see his before and after video!

 

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!

Chloe with Disc Disease and her Partial Paralysis

Chloe came to see us in the fall of 2017 partially paralyzed in her hind end. This little munchkin is a “senior” chihuahua but there’s nothing senior about her. She had no history of back end issues or lameness. What began as a wobbly walk turned into total paresis within 24 hours. After visiting the neurologist she was diagnosed with IVDD and likely a disc rupture that would require an MRI and surgery. Chloe’s owner wasn’t sold however and wanted to try the alternative route first.

At her first visit Chloe did not have any use in her back legs and she would drag herself everywhere. She had mild deep pain response and was severely hunch backed. She was sweet as ever but we could tell she was uncomfortable. After just her first visit Chloe was showing signs of improvement. Over the next two weeks Chloe was adjusted 4 times, and by her fifth visit she was standing and able to walk without knuckling.

After a total of seven adjustments her owner reported a 95% return to normal with only the occasional hesitation with stairs or jumping. Chloe was never on any medications nor did she do anything outside of her normal routine aside from chiropractic adjustments. It is absolutely amazing what can be done without ever needing surgery with dogs dealing with disc issues, and Chloe is a prime example!

Watch Chloe’s before and after video below!

Annie’s Partial Paralysis Reversal

Annie the sweet weim was always a healthy girl. She was active, happy, and never had any real health problems until she hit about nine years old. Suddenly she lost function in her back legs and things were looking quite bleak. Her fur dad sees a chiropractor himself and when he made mention of the issues his sweet girl was having, his chiropractor recommended a visit for Annie as well. Because of that referral, Annie has a new lease at life.

 

Annie came to see us one night and she had very little control of her hind end. She had to be helped up and supported underneath her backside in order to move forward. It was as if her back end and her brain were not communicating, or more accurately it was like her brain was speaking English when her back end only spoke German. Though Annie did have feeling in her back paws, once again her conventional options were limited.

 

Annie was probably one of the closest things to a miracle dog we have ever seen. Larger dogs struggling with paralysis often have a much harder time regaining function than small dogs simply because of size. Carrying around a much larger load makes it difficult to exercise without causing too much damage. Annie, however, defied the odds and within one week of her first adjustment was back up and walking with no added support. After two adjustments Annie was back to her normal self. It’s hard to believe she went from paralyzed to walking in less than one week without any medications or surgery. Check out her before and after video to watch Annie’s progress.

Annie’s Before and After

Daisy the Doxie Walks Again After IVDD

This little weenie pup is Daisy. She is sassy, sweet, and leader of her pack at home. So when she became partially paralyzed in her back end things did not look good. After visiting the conventional veterinarian, Daisy’s parents were told that they needed to do a serious surgery or euthanize. Sadly because of her paralysis this clinic even refused to trim her nails until a decision was made. Fed up and truly upset, Daisy’s family began asking around and looking at other options, which is when they found chiropractic.

 

Daisy had very little feeling in her back legs and wasn’t moving them at all on her first visit. She exhibited all the symptoms associated with a ruptured disc including a severe roaching of her lower back. She was curved in almost a U-shape. Daisy was not in any pain but she had lost all function.

 

On visit two Daisy was already pulling her legs underneath her. By her third visit she was able to get on top of her knees and by visit four Daisy was walking like a drunkard. Within six visits Daisy went from partially paralyzed to walking like her normal self. She was not on any medication and aside from chiropractic was not doing any other conventional treatments. Her fur parents were diligent and hopeful, and we are so thankful they put their trust in our hands! Watch a video of Daisy’s progress to truly see what a miracle she is!

Daisy Before and After Chiropractic Care