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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!

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Zuko the Rottie and his Bad Back

badbackCheck out Zuko- that handsomest rottie mix that we’ve ever seen. We may be a little partial…he’s certainly grown on us over the past several months and become part of the family. Zuko came in because he was dealing with a lot of limping after every adventure outside. He couldn’t play, run, or really do anything without having a bad limp afterward in addition to having some low back pain. Since mom and dad go to the chiropractor, they figured that might be exactly what he needed to get over this hump.

 

On Zuko’s first visit it was more or less love at first sight. He came bounding in with a huge grin on his face, and a limp on his back end. Though nothing appeared to be torn or injured, the darn limp was still there. After two adjustments Zuko’s limp had basically disappeared. Hard to believe but his energy level skyrocketed and he was totally ready to go retrieve some balls.

 

A few months after being adjusted Zuko injured his hind leg and was struggling to put full weight on it. Concerned that it might be a tear, his fur mom brought him in to get checked. Luckily for us it appeared that Zuko sprained his cruciate ligament, something that normally takes several weeks to a couple of months to heal. Within two weeks and two adjustments Zuko was back to normal. Inflammation was gone and his gait was perfectly normal. Once again our happy boy was back to his happy self!

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Gibbi the Lab with Severe Back Pain

back painGibbi girl here is an adorable love. She is loving and kind, and when her fur mom noticed she was in severe back pain she knew something was wrong. Gibbi was hunched up, would cry when touched, and would move her backside away from you the minute you tried to pet her. She cried and yelped and was not herself whatsoever, her back pain was altering her mood and her actions.

 

At her first adjustment Gibbi was tentative, nervous, and clearly incredibly uncomfortable. Her skin twitched every time she was touched and her tail was tucked so far between her legs. You could actually see the pain on her face. Gibbi also deals with significant anxiety, and she is attached to her fur parents. Keeping all of this in mind, on her first visit we were careful to only push Gibbi a certain amount. When animals are in that severe of pain, whether back or neck, it is important to leave them with a great experience and not cause them any more discomfort.

 

After her first adjustment Gibbi was already showing serious signs of improvement. Though still nervous and painful, she was walking smoothly, the sensitivity was down, and she didn’t have her tail tucked quite as far. After several adjustments, Gibbi had returned to her normal self, and even improved upon the original. She was feeling so great that our girl was actually calm during a thunderstorm and fireworks, something she had always struggled with. Now when we see Gibbi, she greets us happily, wagging her tail and actually coming up to us to get petted. She’s happy as a clam and completely pain free thanks to her fur moms instinct that something wasn’t right!

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!