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Robyn is slowly recovering from surgery on her hips. She is doing a few different rehabs as part of the recovery which include laser therapy, massage, underwater treadmill, Chiro, acupuncture and lots of different exercises.

Today was the Chiro and acupuncture and boy was she way out of whack. The main points are the spine, neck and shoulders. This is because dogs with hip Dysplasia shift their weight forward, which causes more issues. I had a lengthy conversation about this and Robyn was showing signs of discomfort before the adjustments. There was a noticeable difference after. The vet also let me feel the difference, the knots, and the tightness.

If your dog has Hip Dysplasia, I urge you to take the time to talk to a chiropractor and get the adjustments that are needed. Hip Dysplasia affects the whole body. It makes the world of difference for the dog.
 

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If your dog has Hip Dysplasia, I urge you to take the time to talk to a chiropractor and get the adjustments that are needed. Hip Dysplasia affects the whole body. It makes the world of difference for the dog.
Yes, I absolutely agree!

Even others, especially people who "sport" their dogs may want to consider Chiro on a regular basis. Dogs twist and turn, run and jump SO much when they are playing and working!

Many years ago my husband was an "unbeliever". I made him come to an appointment with me to observe. The chiropractor asked him to put his hand on our dog......she adjusted her......and asked him to place his hand on the "adjustment" site. He was astounded! He could actually feel the heat coming out of her back, where just a few seconds before, it was cold!

Good for you llombardo! You do a fantastic job with the care of all your dogs!:D

Moms:)
 

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Feeling that heat is amazing. She gave a couple cries today during the process and I felt so bad for her. I got down on the ground and laid there with her while the vet worked on her.

And the vet feeds her dogs raw, so we went over her diet which will consist of natural glucosamine. She also gave me something called t-relief. I'm not familiar with it, but I really liked and trusted this vet and as much pain Robyn was in, she gave her kisses. Robyn also had cold laser therapy today before the adjustments. They have freeze dried liver as treats, Robyn doesn't take treats from anyone and she gladly took those.

I never took my golden in for adjustments after his surgeries, so I'm making an appointment for him to make sure he is ok.
 

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T-Relief is a homeopathic combo of good stuff like Arnica which is for things like pain & bruising!

A car just ran my husband off the road while he was biking a few minutes ago, sending him flying and I gave him the T-Relief for his ankle and arm! It's great! Comes in an oral or gel! :)
 

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T-Relief is a homeopathic combo of good stuff like Arnica which is for things like pain & bruising!

A car just ran my husband off the road while he was biking a few minutes ago, sending him flying and I gave him the T-Relief for his ankle and arm! It's great! Comes in an oral or gel! :)
Oh I hope he is ok. I have a sprained thumb, maybe I can take it too!
 

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Yeah the body is pretty amazing. Your dogs get better care then most people. I hope Robyn is feeling herself soon!!'
I hope so too. I just want others with dogs that have Dysplasia to learn how it affects the body as a whole. No dog deserves to be in pain.
 

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Very interesting thread.
Thanks for starting it!
Hans has HD and sometimes struggles with things like jumping in the truck. He is a very stoic dog and even though I've only heard him yelp twice in the 3 1/2 years I've had him, chiro might be very beneficial for him. He is on several supplements and has been since I first adopted him.
I am going to check into chiro adjustments for him.
Glad to hear Robyn is doing well!! :)
 

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I did take my old senior dog for vet acupuncture at the end of his life, and I wished we'd started it earlier. At the start of the session, if you pressed lightly on his rear from above, he sat because he had no strength in his hind-end, due to the arthritis in his hips. After just one 20-minute session, he was rock-solid when pressed on from above. He was perky and frisky after the session--I could tell he felt fantastic once the needles came out. It wasn't long-lasting though. As with chiro, I think it takes regular sessions to get the most out of it for arthritis management.

I don't have experience with chiro in dogs, but I sure know about the benefits in people! My experience in human-chiro is that it provides immediate relief of back pain, BUT that often doesn't last for chronic pain....unless you do regular "maintenance" adjustments to develop muscle memory (the muscle memory of an injury just keeps pulling things back out of alignment unless you "retrain" the muscles to remember the good alignment instead, through the repeated adjustments). People who get regular chiro adjustments tend to get good muscle memory (holding proper alignment)....allowing more time between adjustments over the years. I can now go several months between adjustments, and when I started, I needed them several times a week. I've also found that chiro seems to work best for eliminating chronic pain if it's accompanied by deep-tissue massage AND regular exercise (esp. in water) to strengthen the core. Those three things together are synergistic at alleviating chronic back pain, working far better together than separately....at least in people. I would expect dogs' bodies to react similarly to that three-pronged approach.

The problem is....how do you strengthen the core muscles of dogs to support holding the adjustments?:nerd: I think I need to have a long talk with one of the vet school PT specialists someday...
 

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Someone is going to jump at this.

Sabi was diagnosed with severe HD at 3.5 years old. They said her only option was surgery, both hips. Her vet was heartbroken, so was I.
Someone forgot to tell her however and in spite of dire predictions she was fine, active, happy, no pain, no hesitation. Somewhere around 5 she stopped jumping on the bed, and started walking up the stairs instead of charging. I consulted with her vet and she started going in for acupuncture. She loved it and the difference after just one session was night and day. We went for 9 treatments over a few months and she was fine. We did no more until after she was diagnosed with DM. And this was a dog who pounded the pavement with me for many years on a daily basis.
I always recommend acupuncture as an option. In fact I pushed for it as maintenance for all the patrol dogs. I believe it helped prolong their working years, and kept them happier and healthier.
 

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Someone is going to jump at this.

Sabi was diagnosed with severe HD at 3.5 years old. They said her only option was surgery, both hips. Her vet was heartbroken, so was I.
Someone forgot to tell her however and in spite of dire predictions she was fine, active, happy, no pain, no hesitation. Somewhere around 5 she stopped jumping on the bed, and started walking up the stairs instead of charging. I consulted with her vet and she started going in for acupuncture. She loved it and the difference after just one session was night and day. We went for 9 treatments over a few months and she was fine. We did no more until after she was diagnosed with DM. And this was a dog who pounded the pavement with me for many years on a daily basis.
I always recommend acupuncture as an option. In fact I pushed for it as maintenance for all the patrol dogs. I believe it helped prolong their working years, and kept them happier and healthier.
AMEN!!! :grin2:
 

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Robyn is doing extremely well with the Chiro/acupuncture. She had her second session this past week and the vet said she is holding the adjustments well. Once she is back to herself, the vet thinks once every 3 months for maintenance will be good. They started with 12 needles the first time and went to 17 the second time. She isn't having any side effects(tiredness or diarrhea). Robyn loves the place we go to. She walks into the room and plops down, ready for her session. On the days she does the treadmill she walks right in and is ready to go. I think at this point the Chiro/acupuncture is helping her more, but she enjoys her laser therapies too. Today she went to sleep during the laser therapy. She always ends her session with a kiss for the tech or vet--I think it's her way of saying Thank You!!
 
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