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(Mhairi Simon)

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Star of the Month

To let everyone share in our excitement in their improvement, we thought we would highlight the great progress some animals
have made.

Heidi is an Alpaca

From Rescue to National Competition

My Buffalo's Back!

Back In The Show Ring

Over the Moon

Back in Perfect Balance

From ‘No Hope’ to Winning!

Life's a Canter for Trampus

A Brazilian Tapir's Bathroom Accident

But he’s not lame!

Miracle Achieved, 100%!

Nearly Put Down 2 Months Ago!

Mending Mabel

Getting the Measure of Tapeworm

Dedication Makes All the Difference!

Tara's Back-end is Back Again!

Sophie can Stand Again!

Better Than 100%

Lame, constipated, incontinent...

The Tale of the New Wag

Some of Our Success Stories

Sophie can Stand Again!

Sophie the six year-old deaf Dalmatian is owned by Tony, who'd brought another dog to me years before. He'd taken Sophie to the vet after she went down having slipped on a step rushing to get at the fox in at the bottom of the garden. He took her to the vet who suspected a prolapsed disc and offered surgery.

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 over-weight. Obviously her problem had stopped any exercise, and we said two days off, then slowly build up again.

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 never-the-less showing her increased strength and suppleness. Both hind legs were moving much better than before the treatment – upright, weight-bearing, moving in a recognisable gait, not knuckling over. She was looking pretty good. From a suspected prolapsed disc to this was a substantial step forwards!

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-looking problems, my treatment can do a lot of good.

During the visit to the vet, he said ‘I send all my backs to Vav’ -- an endorsement indeed.