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Animal Chiropractic Success Stories


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  • Many more pets could be helped by chiropractic adjustments if more dog and cat owners were aware of the benefits of treatment.
  • Chiropractic can help animals with a wide range of health problems — from chronic pain to difficulty chewing to bowel and bladder dysfunction.
  • Pets that often benefit from chiropractic treatment include those recovering from injury or illness, pets who have just had anesthesia during a surgical procedure, older dogs and cats who show signs of aging or behavior changes … even vigorous animals whose owners are interested in maintaining their pet’s good joint and spine health.
  • If you’re seeking chiropractic treatment for your pet, be sure to find a practitioner who is licensed for small animals.

By Dr. Becker

Many pet owners don’t think about animal chiropractic when their beloved dog or cat is injured, in pain, or becomes ill.

And that’s really unfortunate, because often a visit to a small animal chiropractor can put your pet on the road to recovery much more quickly and safely than other alternatives.

Chiropractic adjustments can often take the place of surgery.

They can reduce or eliminate the need for veterinary drugs that carry side effects.

They can also address chronic health problems that don’t get better or keep coming back.

Chiropractic Adjustments for Pets

A chiropractic adjustment or manipulation is a specific impulse directed at a joint to reduce fixation and re-establish normal movement.

Adjustments clear the way for the body to return to a state of balance without the interference of a subluxation, which is a vertebral lesion.

Adjustments are done to the joints of the spine and also the extremities.

Chiropractic can treat animals with back, neck, leg and tail pain; muscle spasms; nerve problems; traumatic injuries; difficulty chewing, TMJ or jaw problems; and stiffness from arthritis.

It can also alleviate some bowel, bladder and other internal medicine conditions.

And for healthy animals, it can maintain the integrity of the joints and spine.

Why You Might Want to Seek Chiropractic Care for Your Pet

There are certain indications for care that can often be best served by seeking chiropractic as a first step rather than a place to turn when all else has failed. These situations include:

  • During recovery from an injury or illness
  • After any surgery involving anesthesia
  • Lameness and/or difficulty standing up or lying down
  • If your dog or kitty is getting up in years or if there is a behavior or mood change
  • If your pet is seizing or experiencing other neurological problems
  • When your pet has a chronic or recurring health problem that won’t resolve

Examples of What Animal Chiropractic Can Do

From Dr. Sandra Priest:

Sam, a 12-year-old miniature Dachshund, was presented for chiropractic treatment after being diagnosed with intervertebral disc disease in the cervical area. Despite several weeks of medication with an anti-inflammatory drug and a muscle relaxer, he was still experiencing severe episodes of muscle spasm and neck pain.

At the time of his first visit, Sam had visible asymmetry in the right and left shoulders and severe rigidity in the muscles in his neck. There were several areas along his spine where normal flexibility was moderately decreased. After a course of adjustments, Sam was no longer painful and had resumed normal activity.

Cynna, a five year old Welsh Springer Spaniel, became lame on the left front leg after several hours of vigorous exercise. The lameness disappeared with rest, only to recur every time she exercised for a prolonged period. Chiropractic examination revealed the radial head malarticulation, which was corrected. Gait analysis after the adjustment was normal and the lameness has never recurred, even during prolonged periods of heavy exercise.

From Dr. Deborah Sell:

"Thanks so much for your help. I’m sorta conventional when it comes to health care, but Sophie was in such bad shape, I thought I’d try. I figured I’d do all the dogs wondering what you would find. Your adjustment to Sophie went as expected and the results over the next few days were good.

But unbelievable to me, is the adjustment you did to my 2 year old Rocky has helped him even more. Rocky has been such a problem with other dogs and I’ve been working on his aggression behaviorally. After your adjustment, I noticed a significant improvement in his behavior when around new dogs. This improvement has continued and I am amazed. He seems to feel like a new dog, much happier and not as moody. Sophie (13 year old) is also doing well and shows energy and enthusiasm even on cold wet mornings." ~ Vici Whisner, Dog Trainer

From Dr. Erin O’Connor:

One of the very first dogs where Dr. O’Connor really saw what animal chiropractic could do, before she even began her practice, was with her own sheltie, Taffy. About the time she was finishing up her AVCA certification, her dog Taffy’s arthritis had been progressively getting worse each day. Soon enough, she wasn’t able to get up and down stairs and needed to be carried. Dr. O’Connor examined Taffy and adjusted her. Immediately after the adjustment, Taffy started running around in circles, her eyes brightened up, and she was acting as if she felt young again! She was also deaf since 8 years old and after her adjustment, her ears started to move again as though she could hear some sound. After that, Taffy was regularly adjusted to help her get some more movement in her back legs and to alleviate any pain. Dr. O’Connor is forever thankful for chiropractic, because of it, Taffy was able to stick around with her for some extra time, and was healthy and happy. Sadly, the day came when Taffy had to leave her in April 2010. You could see it in Taffy’s eyes that she was ready and just getting tired in her old age. Dr. O’Connor knew their journey together was coming to an end and spent the day outside with Taffy in the warm spring sun and she passed away peacefully on her own later that night at 15 1/2 years old.

Finding a Licensed Practitioner

If you seek chiropractic care for your pet, it’s important to find a practitioner who is licensed for small animals.

Human chiropractors can become licensed to treat pets, but only after special training, since people have an entirely different biochemical system than pets. Insure the practitioner you choose to care for your dog or cat, whether it’s a veterinarian or a chiropractor, is certified to perform chiropractic on animals.

You can search for a certified animal chiropractor in your area at the American Veterinary Chiropractor Association and/or the College of Animal Chiropractic.

Source: Mercola.com January 21, 2012

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Holistic veterinarians, pet chiropractors and pet acupuncturists who are animal trained should all be part of your pet’s health team!

April 6, 2012 Posted by | animal behavior, Animal or Pet Related Stories, Animal Related Education, animals, If Animlas Could Talk..., Just One More Pet, Pet Friendship and Love, Pet Health, Pets, responsible pet ownership | , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Dog Chiropractor Helps Dogs Retain Mobility

COOS BAY, Ore. —  Rox Ann Kight can barely mask the pain in her voice when she talks about her Labrador-golden retriever mix Odie.

Original Article Posted on Fox News on September 17, 2007 – Updated December 13, 2009

About three years ago, Odie developed trouble walking and the vet said the only choices were surgery at $750 or euthanasia.

“They thought something was wrong with his leg,” Kight said.

She wasn’t convinced. As the director of the Bandon-based Assistance Dog Network, she has trained hundreds of dogs as service dogs for the disabled and currently cares for 15 dogs.

On the advice of another dog owner, she took Odie to Dr. Edward Lanway in downtown Coos Bay.

“(Odie) hobbled in here on three legs,” Knight said. “Within two sessions with the doctor” Odie could walk and run, she added.

Lanway is not a veterinarian. He’s a chiropractor.

Today, Odie serves as a currency-sniffing dog for the Department of Homeland Security at the Miami airport.

“People usually come to me because the veterinarians have given up on them,” Lanway said.

Lanway has treated thousands of human patients. Twelve years ago, he began working on dogs and has 15 to 20 regular canine customers.

Often, dog owners end up seeing Lanway themselves.

“I put down the dog’s name as the referral on our form,” Lanway said.

Assistance Dog Network Trainer Krista Llewellyn brings her dog, Prescott, to see Lanway about every six weeks. Two years ago, Prescott, a golden retriever, could barely walk. In addition to hip dysplasia, he had what vets called “growing pains” the result of rapid early growth, she said.

“He would cry out in the night from the pain,” Llewellyn added.

Prescott washed out of the service dog training program at eight months. Vets suggested euthanasia.

After an eight-week program with Lanway Prescott could run and play with other dogs. He now serves as a reading therapy dog at the Bandon Public Library.

“There is such a dramatic change in the dogs both mentally and physically,” Kight said.

Lanway works on dogs in the presence of their owners in an examination room in the back of his office. During the exam, he peppers an owner with questions about the dog’s habits and lifestyle to get a better sense of a plan of treatment.

Lanway uses the same techniques on dogs that he uses on his human patients, feeling for and treating tension points along a dog’s hindquarters, back and spine.

Laws governing chiropractors’ work on animals vary by state. Oregon’s only stipulation is that chiropractors treating animals must have a prescription from a veterinarian.

Lanway would like to see more regulation. Even thought it is not required by Oregon law, he took additional courses to work on dogs, he explained.

Lanway said some dogs are too old or too far along to respond to treatment.

“No treatment is 100 percent,” he added.

But Kight says the $30 charge per visit is worthwhile.

“It’s the best preventative medicine,” Kight said. “(Lanway) has saved a lot of dogs.”

Since this article pet/animal chiropractic care is becoming more and more available and is extending both the length and quality of pets’ lives.  Consider a chiropractor or acupuncturist for your pet before major surgery and definitely before euthanasia.

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December 13, 2009 Posted by | animal behavior, animals, Just One More Pet, Pet Health, Pets, responsible pet ownership, Success Stories | , , , , | 2 Comments

Acupuncture For Pets

Owners and Vets Tout Health Benefits Of Acupuncture For Animals


(CBS) Just like their two-legged friends, many pets find it hard to greet the day with much enthusiasm. Aches and pains can make a dog seem dog tired all the time, especially those who are getting up in years. Sure there are pills to pop, but as Serena Altschul reports, now there’s an alternative that’s got many pets on pins and needles.

Ten-and-a-half-year-old dog Lexi, who suffers from arthritis, is a patient of Brooklyn, New York, veterinarian Dr. Julie Morris.

“I like to use the needles that have pipettes,” Dr. Morris says.

To treat chronic pain, Dr. Morris has incorporated Chinese acupuncture into her arsenal of Western techniques. It’s what brought Lexi’s owner Tara Ciabatarri to her door.

“From the first session, she was walking better,” Ciabatarri says. “She couldn’t walk half a block, and now she can walk with the other dogs.”

And acupuncture’s not just for dogs. It’s used on horses, too, and even on pets you’d think wouldn’t sit still for it, like Minerva, a cat.

“She makes the connection that somehow this is making her feel better,” Dr. Morris says. “So it’s unusual. It’s not day to day that you get to sit here and do acupuncture on a kitty and have them just sit here like this.”

Minerva may not be your typical cat. But according to Dr. Morris, the benefits she receives are common.

Here’s a simplified explanation of how it’s supposed to work: the needles stimulate the flow of energy, also known as “chi.”

“The acupuncture points are actually, you can kind of compare them to like an electrical outlet where you’re plugging in to release stuck energy or stuck chi,” Dr. Morris says. “A disease state is where there’s a blockage, something is stuck.”
Although the Chinese have practiced acupuncture for more than two thousand years, Westerners have long been skeptical. A 1959 CBS Broadcast entitled “Inside Red China” reported the following:

“The practice is also known as needling, and although some sporadic results are claimed, it has no scientific basis.”

These days, doctors at the National Institute of Health and the World Health Organization are gradually warming to acupuncture for people. And the trend is the same for animals.

“We really strongly advocate for more research so that we’re really clear: does it work, which cases, how should we use it, make sure we can make the best informed decisions,” Dr. Janet D. Donlin of the American Veterinary Medical Association says.

As for Lexi, her owner says there’s no doubt that two and a half years of acupuncture have made all the difference in both their lives.

“She’s not gonna be in any race any time soon,” she says. “But still, she’s much better. She’s a different dog.”

CBS News

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June 11, 2009 Posted by | animals, Just One More Pet, Pet Health, Pets, Success Stories | , , , , | 1 Comment