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Finnie went to the chiropractor

Discussion in 'General Health' started by Piper's mom, Dec 28, 2019.

  1. Piper's mom

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    Almost 3 weeks ago Finnie injured something in the area of his right hind leg or back. I say 'something' because even with 2 vet visits we've been unable to determine where exactly he's hurting because he's not limping! He's definitely hurting as when he pushes off to jump or run he suddenly yelps and holds up the hind leg. He's also been on Meloxicam for over a week now with no effect...very frustrating as I want my boy to be his happy self again!
    So today I took him to a dog (and human) chiropractor. Very nice guy who put Finnie at ease right away by sitting on the floor with him and then carefully feeling his body. The adjustment was certainly a bit different than what I'm used to but Finnie felt no discomfort. Halfway through he stopped and let Finnie play which allowed him to see how he was moving. By the time he was done Finnie was moving easier with less of a slope to his back, feeling much better and looser.
    He's not 100% yet but even at home this evening he was running up the stairs faster than he was before. He did jump on the bed funny this evening and lifted his back leg but didn't yelp, first time in almost 3 weeks.
    I also spoke to our vet today and she agreed that Robaxin would help to loosen up any muscle pull he might have so he's on that now(3 x/day). I'm stopping the Meloxicam as I've seen zero improvement since he's been on it.

    The chiropractor wants to see him for a follow up in 2-3 weeks so I really really hope his progress continues. Slow or fast doesn't matter, so long as he gains confidence outside again! He doesn't like to walk on the snow so tries to pee as close to the sidewalk as possible (uneven terrain could be hurting him). And the outside steps are a big big problem as he's ran up them so fast (get it over with as fast as possible) he's banged both legs and is now afraid of them as well! Fortunately we've had mild weather because if it was -25 outside he'd never get anything done.

    We are supposed to start a Rally class on January 6th but unfortunately Finnie will have to sit out the first couple weeks (Piper said he'd happily take his place...he's such a good big brother lol). Hopefully another two weeks and he'll be his old self again:fl.
     
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  2. Hanne

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    So glad to hear there is progress with Finnie :fl

    Here it is widely used that people who train
    regularly go to a chiropractor with their dogs.
    Yes, Piper you are the best big brother Piper could get :yes:
     
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  3. Calliesmom

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    we need more vets who do chiropractic adjustments. When we travel, there's one about an hour away and when we're at home, the closest is 2 hours which makes it difficult for regular adjustments. She's at the trials sometimes so we try to take advantage of that when we can. I'm sure all mine could use a visit......
     
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  4. Chris

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    We have a wonderful canine/equine chiropractor right in Hillsboro! Dr. Kelly has done so much for Layla, and she made Bitsy's and Annie Laurie's elder years so much more comfortable.
     
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  5. Piper's mom

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    I agree Calliesmom...took me almost an hour to get to this place, was in a small town. He is the only chiropractor certified to work on animals and he's the only one that works alongside a vet. He's been doing this since 1999 and 12 years ago a vet here took a few courses and decided to corner the market and had the cops go after him...they actually did a sting operation and he was charged with doing veterinary work without a license! All because he was doing chiro on dogs! The vet he works with is the only one who would touch him. *** backwards if you ask me when we need more of them! I think back 2 years ago when Piper hurt his shoulder this treatment would've probably sped up his healing process. My vet didn't give me his name now either, I did a Google search.
     
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  6. Ann

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    It is really amazing what a good chiropractor can do. We are so lucky to have ours associated with my regular vet nearby. She's found issues with my dogs that xrays haven't even shown. I wish there were more like her around...our dogs would be so much better off! I'm very glad you found one for Finnie!
     
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  7. Sharon7

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    Well Faith and I can relate to Finnie! She's had an issue with her left hind leg - holding it up, moving very stiffly after getting up from napping... and yet other times tears around and jumps off the couch/bed without an issue. Xrays were completely normal (and reviewed by a specialist), two exams by different vets turned up nothing other than one said maybe a very slight laxity in the knee joint. I have thought it was a soft tissue injury, but did not consider a chiropractor. The one we went to years ago for Brooke was great but she is 1 1/2 hours drive away. I'll have to look into it....
     
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  8. ghggp

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    Great news! Hopefully, the adjustments will continue to offer him relief. Glad you tried the chiropractor!
     
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  9. Piper's mom

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    So Finnie continues to improve. He's now back to doing full body stretches, hadn't done them for two weeks! He did it twice this morning and once yesterday...stretches his front end then each back leg. Still hesitant about doing the outside steps so I will keep picking him up and carrying him (good thing it's only 4 steps because he weighs 27 pounds!) until he's ready.
     
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  10. Calliesmom

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    my vet is pretty open-minded- just no one around to refer me to........
    we had a holistic vet in the area before I lost Callie- she did acupuncture and stuff but she moved a while back so we're back to not much in the area.......
    Human chiros can take classes and get certified to work on canines and other animals but they're scarce too.....
     

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