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Old 01-15-2013, 10:03 PM   #21
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thanks all! ya, I was really surprised too! My husband wasn't too shell shocked by the bill and we are all trying to keep Tillie 'down' as much as possible! But she seems to be raring to GO. lol
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Old 01-15-2013, 10:05 PM   #22
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That's great news!
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Wow, Tammy, that is a surprising outcome. I didn't even know that there were doggie chiropractors, though it makes sense that they could have back problems just like us. I really hope that this is the turning point, and that Tillie, and you, will finally get some relief from all of the stress and pain and worry. Well, I'm sure you've been worrying, but that is one advantage that dogs have over us -- they do not worry. :-)
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The wonderful vet Missy and I useis a chiropractor too... That's why I initially started taking Kodi to her. He hurt himself doing agility, and the local vet tried to convince me that the reason he could hardly walk was a parasite. I was so impressed with her that I switched him to her for everything. It's worth the longer drive to know I've got a vet who will really listen, and treats the WHOLE dog.
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Old 01-15-2013, 10:31 PM   #24
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The wonderful vet Missy and I useis a chiropractor too... That's why I initially started taking Kodi to her. He hurt himself doing agility, and the local vet tried to convince me that the reason he could hardly walk was a parasite. I was so impressed with her that I switched him to her for everything. It's worth the longer drive to know I've got a vet who will really listen, and treats the WHOLE dog.
for SURE! I actually asked him what could have happened if I had taken her to a "regular" vet? He said they would have most likely NOTICED her back because it was that bad, but they may have not said anything, knowing there wasn't anything they could do. Maybe put her on pain pills or something...

It is just shear luck that we ended up at this vet AND that he is even here in the middle of no where. We may not have doggie day care, a dog sitter,or any other havs within a 3 hr drive, BUT we have an awesome vet!
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Having an answer is such a relief! Beau's vet has started a rehabilitation program recently. One of the vets was sent off to get the specialty training she needs and they are now expanding their program to do much more for pets! (Rehabilitation is a comparatively new specialty for humans, too!) If you get a clean bill of health urinary tract-wise at the next appointment, you might ask the vet about some exercises you could do with Tillie that would help to strengthen her abdomen and back muscles. Maybe water therapy? Maybe some version of doggy stretching and bridges and sit-ups? Chiropracty can put things back in place, but she will need the right exercises to help her keep things aligned. If the vet can't help with that, maybe you and he can do some research on doggy physical therapy! This sounds all good for you and Tillie! Give her a hug and a kiss from all of us!
PS: I'm a spinal cord injury nurse specialist. If I can help you with understanding the connection between the spine and the urinary tract, please don't hesitate to ask. I don't want to tell you what you already know. Hang in there!!
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for SURE! I actually asked him what could have happened if I had taken her to a "regular" vet? He said they would have most likely NOTICED her back because it was that bad, but they may have not said anything, knowing there wasn't anything they could do. Maybe put her on pain pills or something...

It is just shear luck that we ended up at this vet AND that he is even here in the middle of no where. We may not have doggie day care, a dog sitter,or any other havs within a 3 hr drive, BUT we have an awesome vet!
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Having an answer is such a relief! Beau's vet has started a rehabilitation program recently. One of the vets was sent off to get the specialty training she needs and they are now expanding their program to do much more for pets! (Rehabilitation is a comparatively new specialty for humans, too!) If you get a clean bill of health urinary tract-wise at the next appointment, you might ask the vet about some exercises you could do with Tillie that would help to strengthen her abdomen and back muscles. Maybe water therapy? Maybe some version of doggy stretching and bridges and sit-ups? Chiropracty can put things back in place, but she will need the right exercises to help her keep things aligned. If the vet can't help with that, maybe you and he can do some research on doggy physical therapy! This sounds all good for you and Tillie! Give her a hug and a kiss from all of us!
PS: I'm a spinal cord injury nurse specialist. If I can help you with understanding the connection between the spine and the urinary tract, please don't hesitate to ask. I don't want to tell you what you already know. Hang in there!!
Check this site out:

http://www.balldynamics.com/fitpaws.php

We have both the Fitpawz Ball and the donut, and Kodi works on them about 3x per week for core strengthening. My vet suggests it for all longer back breeds (that includes our Havs) that compete in agility.

Tammy, in your case, because I know you don't have a ton of room, the donut might be a better choice... it's a bit smaller. (BTW, your kids will enjoy it too!)
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Old 01-16-2013, 10:49 AM   #28
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Wow that's great that he could adjust her back! I wounder if the bad back can cause the UTI ? We are hoping that she is all better and you can help her keep her back strong and adjusted.
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Just wondered if Tillie had any trembling this morning ?
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she did have some trembling this morning, but no where near as bad as it has been.
And when I felt along her back the trembling got more intense, so I know she is still in pain. I am hoping it is just because of all that was done yesterday. Planning on keeping her as still and resting as possible today... we are hopeful that she is on the mend...
I will look into those exersices, thanks!!
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