Dog Arthritis & Paralysis

Tara & Her Arthritis & Paralysis

Dog Arthritis & ParalysisThis gorgeous lady to your right is Tara. She is almost fourteen years old and a retired racing greyhound. Though not quite as fast as she once was, Tara still has that high prey drive and if given the chance to hunt down a chicken, she will bring you back a bird ready to be fried. Tara has been one of our mom’s clients for almost one year now, and she has certainly had her ups and downs! Tara’s fur parents found our mom because they were hoping to help her out in her old age. She had started having trouble with the stairs, both indoor and out, and was becoming a touch more lethargic. She had a particular leg that was giving her issues and was very spastic throughout her ribcage, and had been that way for years. After her very first adjustment Tara had an easier time standing, seemed to be prancing a touch, and even started doing the stairs again. Her spastic ribcage? All of a sudden it was gone. With each adjustment she continued to improve, and her fur mom could usually tell when she was due. After being seen regularly for several months, Tara took a nasty spill that left her partially paralyzed. She was dragging her back end, could hardly walk, and needed help going outside to go potty. For the first time in her life, Tara didn’t need to be leashed when going outside because there was no way for her to run away. Her parents were heartbroken and didn’t quite know what to do, so they called our mom and said it was an emergency. After seeing Tara, our mom knew this was a pivotal time. She told Tara’s parents to give her two weeks, and if Tara didn’t get any better in that amount of time, perhaps it was time to look at other options. Well, luckily for all parties involved that conversation never needed to be had. Tara started to improve immediately. Little by little her strength came back, and by her third visit Tara was jumping on couches again (though not as gracefully). It took approximately six weeks for Tara to regain near full control and every now and again she will have an accident, however, all in all Tara is back to her normal self. Because of her enthusiasm, it is as if a 3 year old greyhound is stuck in a teenagers body. She pushes herself to the limit and tends to bring injury upon her little racer body. The amazing thing is how quickly she is able to recover using alternative therapies such as laser and chiropractic in addition to some conventional medicine. She is by far one of the most determined greyhounds our mom has ever met, and she loves the fight this girl has to live and to live well!

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