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Chiropractic Journal of Australia : December 2011
Chiropractic Journal of Australia Volume 41 Number 4 December 2011 135 ANIMAL PATIENTS IN CHIROPRACTIC ROME • McKIBBIN just fop down and seemed to enjoy the ‘special’ treatment. (Stephenson R. Personal communication. 21 June 2011) Case 22. Basset Hound - Lumbar Disc Herniation, Paresis A distressed lady said her veterinarian had diagnosed a "slipped disc" in her Basset Hound, and it would have to be euthanised. On appearance, the dog's gait appeared to be 'dragging' as in a partial paresis. Following a chiropractic examination of the dog's spine, mobilisation of the lumbar spine was carried out. Immediately following this procedure, the dog was able to walk around the room. It had improved markedly following the single procedure. (Jones G. Personal communication, 23 June 23 2011.) Case 23. Rat -- L6 Subluxation, Bowel Prolapse, Paresis The owner presented with "Walter" the rat. They provided x-ray flms taken previously by a veterinarian. An apparent subluxation was a posterior L6. Walter also had a prolapsed rectum, and paresis of hind legs and tail. He had had a nasty fall. The posterior L6 was reduced using an Activator. Immediately following the procedure, Walter's rectum retracted, his tail swept sideways, and his hind legs (which had previously been trailing with the dorsum of the feet on the foor) pulled into a normal sphinx-like posture underneath his body. Walter also began to resume normal movements and gait. (Anderson-Peacock L. Personal communication, 24. June 2011) Case 24. Australian Cattle Dog - Constipation A patient presented with her female canine of some 15 years of age. The dog had been constipated for some time. The chiropractor adjusted C1, and a mid to lower dorsal subluxation. Immediately, the bitch ran out to the yard and could not contain her bowels, dropping some stool on the verandah on the way out to the lawn. (Ierano J. Personal communication, 24 June. 2011.) Case 25. Dog -- Pomeranian - Subluxating Patella, Sacroiliac Dysfunction By addressing articular mechanics of the ipsilateral sacroiliac joint and hypertonic musculature, a chiropractor reported successful resolution of a subluxating patella in a Pomeranian. This was compared to the history of the contralateral patella which had previously undergone surgical intervention.74 Case 26. Great Dane -- Faecal Incontinence, Loss of Mobility Sultan was a 9-year old Great Dane. Two years earlier he started to lose his playfulness, lost pace, and had diffculty lifting his feet clear of the ground. When his bowels became incontinent and he would soil his bed, his owner considered having him 'put to sleep'. Being reluctant to lose big Sultan, the owner sought chiropractic care for him as she had read that this type of condition sometimes has positive outcomes for animals with similar problems. In just a few weeks Sultan was "reliving his youth" and thought he was a pup again. He was able to stroll gracefully and chase and play with other dogs. Sultan has now exceeded his life expectancy. He does however, still have the occasional minor episode of bowel incontinence. (Pyrah E. Personal communication, 7 July, 2 Sept., 2011) Case 27. Three -Year-Old - King Charles Cavalier Spaniel. 'One day Billy was running around happily and the next minute he was in excruciating pain and would not weight bear at all on his hind legs. He was crying even with the slightest movement. It was so awful to see him like that. I carried him to the vet where he underwent an X-ray. The result was a calcifed disc in his neck region. The Vet told us that he could only treat his pain and if he did not improve we would have to go down the path of having surgery. He said there was a chance of the disc 'crumbling', which in turn would crush major nerves that would result in paresis of Billy's hind legs. This kind of surgery would cost thousands of dollars. Billy was vomiting from the side effects of the medication he was on, and his quality of life at this stage was miserable. He then commenced acupuncture for the pain with good results, however his mobility was minimal. All my family have regular adjustments for spinal health, and I told our chiropractor about Billy, although at that stage I had no idea he also adjusted dogs. I carried Billy into the clinic. After his frst adjustment I noticed Billy’s mobility had improved greatly. After another 2 adjustments Billy was totally back to normal running everywhere. Billy now joins the family for regular maintenance adjustments which in turn provides him with a good quality of life.'(Cited as received with minor editing.) 'Billy' is now 6½ years-old. (Farmer C. Personal communication, 8 July 2011.) A common theme with 'Billy,' a number of the anecdotes submitted, and also noted by Kamen,42-44 was the economic cost saving on pets that had previously been advised to undergo expensive surgery. Yet, those pets reportedly responded rapidly following spinal adjustments. This would be noted in savings of pet discomfort, owner angst, time, and cost. Case 28. Bovine - Charolais Cow In the early 1960s patients, a young couple from California, asked me to come out to the property they had leased in the district, to look at a pregnant Charolais cow who did not want to get up. I used a tennis ball and a rubber mallet on her lumbo-sacral junction, she bellowed, got up and ran away. The payment was to be the frst calf she was going to drop, to stay with the herd and thus become the start of my future herd, to be run by the couple. Unfortunately things did not work out as well. The beef market crashed, they decided to plant a crop of peas, and just as they were ready to be harvested the Murrumbidgee fooded and they lost their crop. They cut their losses short and returned to California where they started working in land development. (Peters R. Personal communication, 28 August 2011.)
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