Count me in the camp of "I won't try it on my dog unless I try it on myself first." I've used several canine chiropractors, and there are some not-so-good ones out there. One was a horse chiropractor, and his technique seemed a bit too aggressive with dogs. Every dog he adjusted yelped. The second is a professor at the local (human and animal) chiropractic college, which operates a clinic with limited hours. He was WONDERFUL... it's important to go with your instincts here. He was kind, gentle; addressed my dog directly making sure he was comfortable, happy and at ease with the doctor BEFORE he adjusted him, and took the time to maintain that relationship afterwards. Oh, and btw, NO YELPING... EVER with that doctor. The third is the one I use consistently, because, as addressed in some earlier posts here, it's not just about aligning bones. The doctor we use now used to do PT with people. She also uses acupuncture, and holistic/herbal supplements. As my personal chiro/acupuncture dr. does with me, first, you have to loosen all those racked up muscles that are trying to protect the injured area. That's what the acupuncture does. Then, once the dog (or person) is loose, you make the adjustment. Then it's VERY important to rest (quiet walks around the neighborhood. No fetching or jumping) for at least 24 hrs. after the fact, so that the muscles and bones have a chance to "re-settle." That's why sometimes it takes several adjustment. Even letting your dog jump back in the car after being adjusted... or jumping on you because they finally feel such relief, can undo the work in an instant. The chiro/accu treatment has done wonders for both me and my dog, and I highly recommend it.
That said, you'll want to show the x-rays your regular vet took to your chiro/accu dr. The mineralization will play a big part in what they can and cannot do.
Now, the real trick is to FIND such a doctor. Several human chiropractors around here also adjust dogs, but they're rather discrete about it. I would start with an Asian acupuncturist in your area and see if they can provide you with a recommendation for someone who would be willing to treat an animal.
Another thing you can be doing to provide some relief is massage. Like yoga, this will help keep muscles stretched and supple, instead of tight and bound up. Dogs LOVE it! When I take Diesel to the masseuse at our agility trials, I have to be careful because he can't wait to leap up on the table... even if there's another dog there! LOL! Just google "dog canine massage."
'Hope this helps!
P.S. If you want to let me know "what part of the world" you're in, I can see if my Dr. can recommend anyone in your area. She goes to conferences a couple times a year, and has a lot of good connections.
Edited by: VALEROWE at: 8/19/2008 (10:01)
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