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Old 01-07-2013, 06:57 PM
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Anyone take their dog to chiropractor ??

Nash gave me a big scare on Saturday when he woke up w a lame back leg no idea what happened...he could barely walk, because his other hind leg isn't the greatest....I carried him around w a towel, and he mostly just laid around, I knew my vet isn't in til Monday ( isn't this always the way??) well by Sunday morning I had to take him to the ER, I was hoping it was a flare up of the Lyme disease that he s had before...after examination, Dr. Told me she felt the problem was coming from his back that's what I was afraid of...she wanted to take some X rays, but when she listened to his heart, she heard an irregular heart beat...and so she wouldn't sedate him for the X rays..we were sent home within anti biotics, in case it was Lyme, and we upped his tramadol...he s doing so much better, can't believe what a difference 2 days can be, with the Meds...Nash is putting some weight on his leg, but we still have a ways to go..he climbed the stairs to the bedroom this afternoon all by himself, looking for me and he wants to play w Neeko...
My q is, would a chiropractor help my Nash, and does anyone have any experience w one...thanks, my boy will be 11 in 6 days!!
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Old 01-07-2013, 07:16 PM
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A chiro can help if something is out of alignment, but remember it is a short term fix, temporary relief. The underlying problem will likely remain and return later.
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My very old golden went to the chiropractor every other week for the last year and a half of her life. I noticed a big improvement after she went, and would have gone more often if it had been closer (1 1/2 hours each way). The chiropractor that we used was recommended by an agility professional, that she used on her personal dogs, so I knew she would be excellent.

Currently, my younger goldens goes sheep herding weekly. Because of all the running, twisting and turning, she goes to the chiropractor once a month.

If you would like to use a chiropractor, I would recommend getting a recommendation and check references.
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Not sure of your budget and how far you are willing to go, but some vet clinics now offer laser treatment for muscles, it may help him. More of the advanced clinics offer this. Also, I know he is older but going for walks and walking up hills might help strengthen the muscles around his hips, which may make it easier for him to get up, etc.
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One of my friends has 5 greyhounds (she's heavily involved in greyhound rescue) and I know that at least one of them has gone to the chiro with very good results. If you can do it, I'd say it's worth a try
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I used to take our RB girl Lacey to the chiro. Helping keep things in alignment certainly improved her movement, comfort, etc. Good luck!
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I would definetly try the canine Chiro. Should help and give some relief if that in fact what is going on. Just make sure they are certified to work on animals.
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I have taken all of my goldens to a chiropractor. Gambler goes 3 times a year to his chiropractor. I know it did wonders for Beau as he got older. Our chiropractor is a vet who got so busy here that he stopped his regular practice and only does chiropractic and acupuncture now.
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I used to bring Max to the chiropractor but I found the acupuncturist better, do both if you can afford


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My mother uses an acupuncturist for her 18 year old dog too. It does wonders when Tiki appears to stiffen up.
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