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Sky and her Partial Paralysis

Meet Sky! This perfect little munchkin was fine one minute and shortly thereafter she couldn’t use her back legs or her front legs. She was dragging herself around and seemed to be in significant pain. After a visit to the vet, she was diagnosed with IVDD and was recommended to do an MRI and surgery. She was prescribed prednisone and pain medication in the meantime.

Sky came to see us two days after the initial incident and at this point she had regained control of her front end, however her back end was not working. She couldn’t pick herself up and she would drag. Her mom would support her with a towel under her back end so that she wouldn’t tear herself up. Sky never lost her bowel and bladder control initially.

After her first visit, Sky began to regain control. Though the initial getting up part was still a little labored, she could do it and then walk close to normally without any assistance! Sky has been seen three times in the past three weeks and she has come a long way. She went from paralyzed to walking in a short period of time as the pressure on her spinal cord was released. Between chiropractic adjustments and at home exercises this girl has made a near full recovery, yay Sky! Check out her video below.

 

Sky Before and After!

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!

 

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!

Louie with Neurological Issues

Say hi to Louie! This handsome cocker had back surgery a few years ago when he had paralysis in his back end. He went through two months of rehabilitation and was finally up and walking again. Since then he has always had somewhat of a drunkard walk and within the last several months had been having frequent episodes of slipping, knuckling under, spasm, and near immobility in his back end. He was diagnosed with neurological issues but there was no reason as to why or what could be done. Concerned for the worst, his parents decided to look into more  options to help this young buck out.

Louie was like a new man after his first adjustment. He was walking straighter, his walk seemed to stabilize and he had so much more energy. His progress was amazing and the neurological problems began to subside faster than anyone had hoped. The episodes became fewer and fewer and then got to the point where he wasn’t having them at all. He wasn’t in any pain and had truly returned to his pre-surgery self. 

With Louie we’ve found that his body responds well to monthly maintenance visits. The one time we extended this, Louie had a minor few episodes. Upon returning to his normal schedule, he’s been right as rain. Louie is a perfect example of how the body has to compensate after surgery. Though the surgery itself removed pressure on the spinal cord, years later the joints above and below had to make up for the one having been operated on. These in turn began putting pressure on the cord and causing him to have similar episodes to his first bout of paralysis. Now Louie has found something that works for him, he is medication free, and is truly a remarkable man!

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!

Molly and her Cruciate Injury

mollyostlerThis adorable little husky mix is Molly. Molly is considered a “senior” dog but she is definitely the opposite of what I would consider old. She has spunk and energy up the wazoo, and her fur mom and I have a tough time trying to keep up with her! Molly was first brought to us because of a limp she had in her back leg. After being examined, Molly was thought to have a cruciate tear. Despite being active and energetic, Molly’s fur mom knew the risks of doing surgery on an older dog and decided to try the alternative method before going down the conventional road.

 

Molly did extraordinarily. Through each visit Molly began to use her leg a little bit more. She would put extra weight on it and the limp became less noticeable. Over time, the limp completely disappeared along with all the heat and inflammation that had once plagued her knee joint. She began going back on her long walks (sometimes runs) and even returned to her favorite place (doggy daycare)! This girl could not be kept down and she certainly proved that age does not play a factor in her recovery.

 

Molly continues to see us because of how active she is. Though shes never re-injured the ligament in her knee, she certainly has put it to the test. Every now and again Molly will come and see us with a bit of a limp, and after an adjustment she seems 100% back to her normal self. Through chiropractic, her body has reached a new pattern that is structurally stable. Though it can be tested on occasion, her body wants to return to this new mold rather than actively stay in a state that is unnatural, thus the reason it doesn’t take more than a follow-up visit to get her right back on track. We love this girl and we love seeing how far she has come without having to go under the knife!

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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.