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Old 12-05-2012, 10:42 AM
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Has anyone used chrio on their senior Golden? With good results?

Our equine chriopracter 'laid hands' on Penny yesterday because he 'saw' something in her gait. A quick adjustment and she was better.

I'm wondering if regular adjustments are of very much value. My horse has suffered pain and we're getting together a plan for him. I know he's had pain because I can 'feel' it when I ride him. How do we know with our dogs?
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Old 12-05-2012, 10:51 AM
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I have not - but my neighbour did with her old girl. She highly recommended it. I guess she started when her dog was limping badly and having a hard time getting around. I believe her dog had back issues that made it hard for her to walk (as opposed to the arthritis my dog has in her ankles). She said it helped her dog more than anything.

How is Penny doing?
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I believe that Copper's Mom used to take Copper to the chiropractor or to acupuncture.
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took my Bassett to chiropracter years ago with great results. Acupuncture wasn't common then; being a huge fan of acupuncture for myself, I was try that route lst.
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Old 12-05-2012, 11:47 AM
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Penny is doing great. She has some arthritis in her spine and right hip. The vet who did her TPLO said, tho, that we would probably never notice it. Sometimes she wants to be lifted into the car. I thought maybe she'd gained a couple of pounds...she seems to have a tipping point @ 68 pounds. Above that and she can't *tip* anymore.

I never thought that maybe she just needs some massage or adjustment. The nearest canine chiropractor is about 1 hour away...worth the trip if she feels better. I think I'll give her a try.

Other than that Penny is doing great! Full of energy, same goofy sense of humor and always up for a road trip. We are so blessed to have so many carefree years with her.
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We actually have a chiropractor right at my vet's office. We have not used him, but I did run into a GR breeder who was in town specifically to use the chiropractor for a younger female dog who had recently had puppies.
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Penny is doing great. She has some arthritis in her spine and right hip. The vet who did her TPLO said, tho, that we would probably never notice it. Sometimes she wants to be lifted into the car. I thought maybe she'd gained a couple of pounds...she seems to have a tipping point @ 68 pounds. Above that and she can't *tip* anymore.

I never thought that maybe she just needs some massage or adjustment. The nearest canine chiropractor is about 1 hour away...worth the trip if she feels better. I think I'll give her a try.

Other than that Penny is doing great! Full of energy, same goofy sense of humor and always up for a road trip. We are so blessed to have so many carefree years with her.
I think massage and adjustment is great for dogs. There is a form of canine massage used by physical therapists that is supposed to be quite effective. I don't know much about it, but I use a simple form of it on Tucker to help him settle when he's agitated. My older dog has double hip dysplasia but hasn't shown much trouble with walking or the occasional run so I haven't taken her. The major problem I've had is that the only chiropractors I've found near us are human chiros who have a sideline with animals.
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Old 12-05-2012, 01:33 PM
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I'll check with her vet's office. They might have someone there who can do it too. I checked with a search engine for my state. Our vet wasn't listed but she may do it or know someone. Thanks for the idea.
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The holistic acupuncture vet we used for Barkley did chiropractic adjustments on him and I could tell he felt better immediately. I noticed there is a mobile veterinary chiropractor here in Dallas and will not hesitate to locate and call if Toby needs it.

Glad Penny was doing better after the adjustments!
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Old 12-05-2012, 02:31 PM
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Funny thing, Anne. I didn't notice she was 'off' in her gait. He, horse vet, was at the barn because Harry is having pain issues and has been cranky to ride the last few times. He had a session, got adjusted and I'll be able to ride him in a couple of days to see if he's better.

We're working on identifying his pain issues, how many, locations, treatment, etc. before next show season. A shame because I finally got my riding together and now he's falling apart. Age relate...he'll be 11 soon.

So Penny's issue was something he noticed while we were sitting around talking about Harry.
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