To let everyone share in our excitement in their improvement, we thought we would
highlight the great progress some animals
Sophie the six year-
Tony was not happy with that idea and decided to bring her to see me as we had such success with his older dog Loopy (another deaf Dalmatian) who suffered with hip dysplasia. Following a short course of treatment Loopy regained an almost pain free life with near normal mobility for another 7 years.
When I came to treat Sophie, I found her more or less completely off her back legs, almost unable to move forwards, dragging her back end around, sitting with her back legs splayed out to the side.
Watching her struggle, I could see where the nervous stimulus coming down her backbone
seemed to stop. I said “I think you will get her back – I've seen worse”. I went
through the chiropractic treatment and then discussed Sophie's diet, as she was fairly
Nine days later, I visited again, and no sooner was I out of the car than the front door opened and out Sophie walked, tail wagging, looking for me and woofing loudly. Tony said that she'd improved two days after my visit and had kept the improvement. She was now able to do most things she'd done before, including get up on the stool in the bay window to watch the traffic go past outside – admittedly taking a lot of her weight on her front paws rather than her back end. Her diet had been changed to almost no carbohydrate, an her exercise was increasing, with the definite ban on going upstairs by means of a baby's stairgate.
I found a few misalignments – tweaks mostly – and was able to get at one between her shoulders that I couldn't reach first time round. Afterwards, Sophie wandered round the room and I noticed she was pacing – walking with fore and hind legs on the same side moving together – which is a stage dogs often go though. Even as we discussed it, she would stop and then start off with proper gait for a few steps and then stop and return to pacing again.
I warned Tony that pacing is a sign of misalignment and discomfort in the lower thoracic vertebrae. This is where nerve pathways to the gut and bowel come through. Because of the unusual action, the normal stimulus to these areas is affected and the peristalsis can be affected. This is the squeezing movement in the gut that pushes the food through from front to back, so Sophie’s poos might be different and she may be constipated.
Sophie seemed more energetic and Tony's son started to play with her again, bringing
out some soft toys that she took to 'kill' by shaking and tugging when he held on
to them. Not what I would have advised straight after a chiropractic treatment, but
I could see that one hind leg was not moving perfectly, but that may have been a little residual sciatica that might wear off in a few days. Tony was pleased and said he'd take Sophie to the vet to show how much the treatment had helped.
We arranged a third session as a checkup for six weeks time, and said that if he
became worried before then to call me. I didn't think there would be a problem, but
if there was, I wanted to encourage Tony to bring Sophie quickly rather than let
things slide too long. I was pleased – this is the sort of case that encourages and
reassures me that even for serious-
During the visit to the vet, he said ‘I send all my backs to Vav’ -