I treated a gorgeous little terrier dog with chiropractic. She was an older lady but just loved racing around the garden chasing rabbits – imaginary or otherwise!
Her owner brought her in to see me after she’d shot round the corner of the house chasing a rabbit (real or imagined). Her owner heard a yelp and then the little terrier limped back looking pretty sorry for herself.
A couple of trips to the vet, some pain killers and a few weeks later she had improved, but her gait was still off and she refused to jump up on the sofa, her favourite spot, which was most unusual for her.
Her vet was very happy for her to come and see me for some chiropractic treatment. She improved after the first treatment, but was still not 100%. During the 2nd treatment I was working around her sacrum (the triangular shaped bone at the base of the spine) and felt a definite movement as I adjusted her. Following treatment her owner reported that she was soon back to her old self and jumping back up on her favourite spot on the sofa!
I continued to see her every few months for maintenance/wellness car. Then one day, very unusually, she and her owner didn’t arrive for their appointment. (I remember suddenly getting a really sharp pain in my head just before they were due, which is unusual for me, I never get headaches...other than the occasional, self inflicted, morning after the night before type :-)
A couple of days later I got a lovely card from her owner saying how much Gussy had enjoyed her visits for chiropractic treatment and how much she had benefited from treatment. She explained that sadly my little four legged patient and friend had passed away, she had a brain tumour.
It is always really sad to lose a patient and friend, but I’m sure that wherever she is now, she’ll be chasing rabbits to her heart’s content and it is good to know that chiropractic helped improve her quality of life in her twilight years.