Have you ever heard of a doggie chiropractor?
June 23, 2007 11:06pm CST
Hello All, Last weekend I found out that our 'Duke Dog' has hip dysplasia. He's only 4 1/2 years old. Our vet told us that there are only two surgical options: hip replacements, or surgical removal of the hip ball(s), where the bone grows a quasi-ball replacement. Both surgical options would require a 4 - 6 month recovery time. Yowza! I told our vet that I wanted to explore alternative healing options before making any surgical decisions. So today, Duke had his first chiropractic adjustment. It went very well, and we'll look at follow up in about six weeks. After the adjustment Duke is carrying and using his body completely differently. His front and back ends seem to be moving much more fluidly, and his gait is much improved. The difference is actually remarkable! I have also been following some veterinary research over the past couple of years on high doses of Esther C, for dysplasia. A recent canine, double-blind study showed slightly higher than 60% improvement by adminstering 2000mg per day. Apparently, vitamin C, which is generally produced by the dog's own body, is not produced sufficiently in dogs with dysplasia. And, it seems to have a dramatic impact on their pain transmitters. So, the result of the research is that it provides marked improvement for our four-legged friends with this affliction. I have had Duke on 2000mg/day of Ester C, as well as Glucosamine/MSM and an herbal Cox 2 pain inhibitor. And, after one week & the adjustment today, he's like a whole different dog. I have included a picture of Duke, for you to see why he's so near and dear to our hearts. So, does your pooch have dysplasia? If so, what options did your vet provide? What are you doing to help your furry friend? Have you ever used the services of a doggie chiropractor? Thanks!
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24 Jun 07
This is really interesting. Honestly, I have never heard of a doggie chiropractor. I makes sense though. I haven't any idea what dysplasia is all about. I bet Duke will end up being fine and not need the surgery. I think if you follow your game plan, Duke will be able to avoid a trip to the doggie hospital.
• United States
24 Jun 07
Hello Sigma, Thanks for the positive thinking for Duke. Dysplasia ia a genetic abnormality of the hip or elbow joints. Left untreated, it leads to very painful crippling arthritis, and lame limbs. It is much more prominent in certain breeds, like German shepherds. I hope you're right about Duke not needing the surgery. The Ester C research is truly fascinating. So, I've got my fingers crossed. Thanks for your input. Oh, by the way, how is your bacon gobbler?