degenerative disease and chiropractics
I dont have much experience with chiropractics for pets. I do for myself and humans though.
Anyone here have success with chiropractics in making a full recovery or stopping progression of spinal degenerative disease?
My dog was bunny hopping and then I dont know what happened she started to do splits when getting up, her hind legs got really weak and she would have trouble getting up, when she walks she drags her paws (not her toe) due to weakness. I thought it was hip dysplasia and started to supplement fishoil and glucosamine and tried to put her on a diet. I also took her to the vet and he did some physical exams and did a lateral xray. He checked to see if she corrected her foot when he positioned it on the ground so her ankle is bent forward. She didnt and he said that's indicative of some neurological issues. Where? can't say.
He also said a VD/BD (?) xray will show hip dysplasia but she needs sedation so we'll have to do later. But I asked him if he can rule out degenerative disease with hip dysplasia and she said no. He said he tried clicking her hips and said her hips were fine with no clicking.
So, basically even if I were to get all the xrays and MRIs in the world, the treatment is basically pain meds, quality of life, and surgery if I can afford $40k. He was supportive of alternative therapies.
She is 9 years old.
I started looking into chiropractics and acupuncture and am wondering if anyone has any success stories?? Could use some.
I have heard lots of success stories with dogs using supplements for arthritis like Cosequin DS, glucosamine, and other anti inflammatory supplements like tumeric, curcumin, etc. so I will be doing that in the case she has hip dysplasia. Also will be reducing her weight. She weighs 75lbs at the moment and for someone with arthritis, may be a bit much.
Regarding degenerative disease, i dont know what to do. Her lateral xray shows spondylosis of her lumbar vertebrae but it was impossible to see any nerve compression. And even if you can see it, no real treatment.
I have spoken with an animal chiropractor (really genuine and nice older man, chiropractor for 40+ years, treats race dogs and horses) and he explained that it's possible that its something in her cervical area. He said there's no guarantee but he has seen cases stop progression and others that don't respond.
Any success stories let's hear them!
EDIT: Oh yeah, I remember a few months ago she was playing ball (Fetch) and for some reason she let out a small yelp and stopped retrieving. And I couldn't figure out what happened and the whole day she was holding her neck or back funny and wouldn't go into "down" position. I thought she had bloat or something but read about how she may have pulled a muscle in her back or neck. Now that I think about it, that incident could be she pulled her neck out of alignment. All of the hind leg symptoms started to appear after that incident. She didn't have that issue prior.
Last edited by pancake; 10-11-2012 at 05:07 AM.