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Chiropractic Journal of Australia : December 2011
136 Chiropractic Journal of Australia Volume 41 Number 4 December 2011 Case 29. Canine - Labrador During the 1960s I used to visit Leeton on a fortnightly basis. At one such visit one of my regular patients asked me if I would have a look at his Labrador, who seemed to have problems with his left hindquarter. I palpated the hindquarter, found an "ouch" spot and traced it back to the dog's lower back. I adjusted with a toggle-recoil adjustment using a one- fnger contact. It was in the days well before the Activator. No immediate change was noted. On the follow-up visit two weeks later the Labrador, bright-eyed and wagging his tail, came in to pay his account, dropping the frst duck he had retrieved since being adjusted into my hands. This was worth much more to me than any fnancial reward could ever be because some 50 years later that image is still in my memory. (Peters R. Personal communication, 28 August 2011.) Case 30. Canine - Newfoundland Kya is a large 4-year-old Newfoundland dog, a breed which can weigh over 90kg. She began limping and often had diffculty weight-bearing on her right hind leg. This became more troublesome in walking long distances. Upon presentation to her owner's chiropractor, examination revealed right hip pain as well as tender regions along her whole spine. Following a series of adjustments, she gradually began to walk without limping and eagerly lengthened her morning walks. She currently returns for symptomatic care and is soon off running again. The owner was convinced that without chiropractic care, Kya would have been "crippled" and put down, as her condition was deteriorating. (Scorer F. Personal communication, 16, 24 July 2011.) Case 31. Blue Tongue Lizards. An animal chiropractor working in a veterinary practice had occasion to adjust a number of Blue Tongue Lizards. It seems that the practice saw a number of these lizards that had been attacked by a particular family dog and been vigorously shaken, leading to spinal injury. Fauna rescuers brought other Blue Tongues in to be cared for. The chiropractor observed that the lizards seemed to do better with chiropractic treatment. (Condon M. Personal communication, 8 August2011.) Case 32. Horse A chiropractor was asked to examine a horse which for some time had been "...standing in (its) stall paying no attention to anyone or anything. The animal's head was hanging at an angle, not straight up and down like the other horses' heads." The chiropractor "...stood on the side so that the horse's nose was pointing away from him and took the animal's nose and mouth area in that hand. He placed his other hand against what must have been the atlas/axis area and held it frm and pulled the lower part of the head toward him." He noted that cavitation occurred with the adjustment. "When they came back through the barn an hour or so later, the horse was eating and seemed to be normal and continued to make a complete recovery." 75 Case 33. Miniature Schnauzer -- 13-year-old. The most complex case of the day was Maggie, a 13-year- old miniature schnauzer with severely trembling hind legs. The vet has "given her shots and shots and he talked about surgery, but the surgery would be hard on her," says her owner...a teacher, "I even bought her a little wheelchair." The chiropractic veterinarian believes the problem lies in brain damage, and ties a handkerchief over the dogs eyes to see if the lack of vision changes her gait. It doesn't -- and that helps identify the part of the brain involved. After he does an adjustment on her, she perks up, trotting quickly, if unsteadily, along the steps in the classroom. "She bolted off," said the dog's owner.76 Case 34. Echidna (Spiny Anteater) A patient presented a chiropractor with an injured baby Echidna. It had fallen from a box and had landed on its head. It had torticollis. The tongue deviated to the right and hung from the right side of the mouth. In human diagnosis, a stroke would be suspected. Following an examination, the monotreme was given an upper cervical adjustment using an Activator. The patient was given three adjustments three days apart. Twelve days after the initial adjustment, the Echidna was asymptomatic. (Irvine J. Personal communication, 26 August 2011.) Case 35. Wallaby A WIRES volunteer presented with a juvenile wallaby which had diffculty maintaining an upright posture. Its mother had been struck and killed by a car. The juvenile had obviously been injured when the mother was killed. Palpation of the animal's spine and extremities revealed an upper cervical fxation and tenderness in the lumbar spine. The animal was treated over a period of two weeks using the Activator technique and manual mobilisation. It regained normal gait and showed no signs of neurological defcit. (Irvine J. Personal communication, 26 August 2011.) Case 36. Target - Kelpie Target is a kelpie cattle dog cross aged 5 years. Target was shot in the head and left on the roadside to die. He was rescued by a passer by and taken to an animal shelter. He was nursed back to health and adopted by a very caring lady. Target started having seizures and at one time was having up to ten seizures per day. On the recommendation of a local vet, the owner presented seeking chiropractic care for Target. Target continues to have regular chiropractic care and at the time of writing it is six weeks since he had a seizure. (Irvine J. Personal communication, 26 August 2011.) Case 37. Thoroughbred Racehorse ("Fields of Omagh") A chiropractor was asked to check out a top thoroughbred racehorse called Fields of Omagh. He was informed that the horse had injured itself (unspecifed) resulting in back and leg soreness. Examination confrmed this as well as sciatic nerve involvement that affected its gait. It was due to race two weeks later. It did run, and won the race. A few weeks after that it won the Group 1 race -- the Cox Plate. 77 The authors are aware that the 'reconditioning' of horses is not a unique circumstance with equine chiropractors.42,78 The report on this case provides a concise but general outline of what could be regarded as typical in this situation. ANIMAL PATIENTS IN CHIROPRACTIC ROME • McKIBBIN
CJA March 2012