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post #1 of 42 (permalink) Old 10-14-2009, 10:25 AM Thread Starter
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Chiropractic care?

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Last week a trainer noticed that my 10 mo GSD Buddy could not sit for a long time. She said his toes stuck straight out and we should see our vet. Instead I called the breeder since she has been in the business for 40 years and she had me come out. She suspected his back/knee/or pelvis was the issue and had a chiropractor come out as he sees her dogs too. They both looked at Buddy and said he is walking on his toes. They also said two of his middle vertebrae were out of alignment, as well as his shoulder and one knee. Now, his was a runt and is skinny ( 58 lbs) and on a RAW diet as he is allergic to commercial dog food, but otherwise healthy. The dr. performed some adjustments and said to bring him back for another look on Friday. He'll need to be watched until he is two.
Well, since we came home he has been jumping around like a jackrabbit. We have a 7 month old hound mix that is the alpha and typically wrestles him and jumps on him etc. The breeder/dr says that's what may have caused these issues, or he may have fallen, etc. The dogs play rough and were outside most of the summer, so this is possible.
Does anyone have a similar experience?

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Re: Chiropractic care?

Yeah, they can tweak their backs (and even joints) doing all sorts of things, even jumping in and out of a car.

Regular adjustments will help them maintain mibility and keep structures moving. Some research shows that the adjustments that keep the joints moving, help delay arthritis even.

Both mine get regular adjustments. My little one for the last 8 yrs, and the GSD for about 6 yrs. How regular depends on the dog, activity level, bone struture, etc. Some dogs might do well with once a month or every other month or so. Because of chronic issues, mine go every ar or 4 weeks.


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Re: Chiropractic care?

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Hi everyone-

Buddy has had three adjustments and is doing great. His trainer said he looks much better. He's also started to bulk up, which is good since at 10 months he only weighed 58 lbs.

Now he doesn't need any more treatments unless we notice limping or walking on toes again.

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Great news

I would probably have a tune-up every couple of months though!


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Chiropractic does good things for dogs.
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Re: Chiropractic care?

A vet who is a chiropractor trains with us some. We noticed one dog was having trouble getting straight fronts. She adjusted him and he was fine. He had had a big crash playing with a GSD girl.

My old female loves her chiropractor.

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Re: Chiropractic care?

could chiropractic care help w/ ear infections too? (along with diet)
growing up my mother always tried to take us to be adjusted brfore taking us to the M.D. How do you find a k9 chiro?
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Yes, they can help with ear infections, though you still have to make sure the diet is right.

There's a sticky somewhere with a link, here or the senior section. *i think* it's http://www.avcadoctors.com ?


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Thanks for the site, I found some one in the same city! I just emailed her!
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I'm just curious does every chiropracter use the same method to do adjustments? Mine uses a small tool that lightly bumps the area and gives a click at a certain frequency to adjust. It seems to be working and she doesn't mind it one bit.

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