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Today, most of my ‘clan’ went to the vet for their exams, vaccinations, etc.
Bailey, my 10yr old GSD has been showing some signs of soreness in his rear end. Because I knew that his left hip socket was shallow, he has been on joint supplements for a while now.
When the vet checked him out, she said that she found him to actually be much more tender in his lower back than in his hip. She recommended that maybe he get some chiropractic adjustments to see if it helps him.
He is not by any stretch crippled by pain, but I don’t want him to be even the least bit sore if it can be avoided. The catch is that these adjustments would cost $ 50 each, and I am a full time student currently working two part time jobs doing my very best to take care of my furkids. The get the best food I can get my hands on, etc – but regular chiropractic adjustments for him could be a real struggle financially. Also, I have gone to a chiropractor personally in the past and found it to be a complete waste.
(I cried all the way home from the vet. I don’t really know why – it’s just really difficult for me to come to terms with the fact that my best friend is aging, and it’s starting to show.)
Has anyone ever done this with their dog?
What did you think of it?
Anybody have any helpful information for me?
Don’t get me wrong. I have by no means discounted chiro and the good it can do. That’s precisely WHY I’m asking the question.
Answer by mars
most chiropractic work with animals is BS…”adjustments” don’t really change the alignment of the spine, even in humans
Answer by walking lady
Anyone who says chiro in animals has clearly never seen the huge difference it makes to an animal in pain and all I can say is that they are full of BS!
All 3 of my greyhounds have had chiro done (and acupuncture as well) for various injuries going back to their racing days. My oldest was in so much pain he couldn’t walk on grass, you could see his pain in his breathing and after several acupuncture and chiro treatments he’s now 100% pain free and goes for a “tune-up” approximately every 2 months. In my opinion, that’s a very small price to keep my almost 11 year old dog pain free, able to play like a puppy, enjoy his walks and his life.
But if you don’t agree, by all means, don’t try it – it’s your dog.
Answer by chetco
If you can swing the expense, it is certainly worth it.
I used to pet sit an older GSD. She would see the chiropractor regularly, and I could REALLY see the difference, before and after. She didn’t get to go enough to totally keep pain under control, as the clinic was in another city..But, we could see a positive difference. She loved to play fetch, and she would go for an adjustment when she began walking/trotting after the ball, instead of bounding/running. .To her, it was like a ‘shot’ of youthfulness…She went every couple of months.
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