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#153520 - 05/04/11 10:01 AM Re: After about 10 Months of Chiro and Acupuncture [Re: MaxaLisa]
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Originally Posted By: MaxaLisa
That's just huge! So great when we find a way for our seniors to just keep getting better. I too hope she keeps improving laugh

eta: Just noticed the time frame - sometimes it takes some time, doesn't it? What great dedication smile


This was the first time I thought to ask what the vet thought about the condition of the muscles in her hips. I think we've been seeing steady improvement over the last ten months. And when we started the treatments there was noticeable improvement in her gait. I'm really glad that we decided to do this for her.

(It makes me regret that I didn't do this for Rica when she was alive. But I can't go back and change that.)

I'm sure that the regular walks are making quite a difference as well - which is good for the both of us. Our neighborhood (like a lot of CT) is hilly so she gets a pretty good mix of terrain to walk over. And the subdivision above us is still largely undeveloped lots, so sometimes I take her up and we walk on the hills instead of the road. That can be a bit more of a challenge. She has pretty good leash manners, but get her on the grass and her nose goes in to overdrive and she starts pulling to get to the next neat smell. If I've got both her and Caleb with me, it's fun trying to keep them from pulling me up the hill!

And we've been trying to get some longer hikes in on the weekend with DH as well. Those are on some of the local hiking trails or on a farm road that he found a few years back. It's lightly traveled and a really quiet and peaceful kind of walk, but still has the hilly terrain to get the leg muscles working.
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#153532 - 05/04/11 10:39 AM Re: After about 10 Months of Chiro and Acupuncture [Re: Woodreb]
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Gosh, sweet Ms. Aodhan! This is great to hear! Our seniors so deserve such dedicated owners! Years ago, we didn't have such options for our beloved older dogs. And, modalities such as acupuncture are cumulative, take time to take effect. How wonderful to see such a loving, devoted, dedicated owner and a dog responding so well! YAY for Aodhan and Johanna!!
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#153727 - 05/05/11 06:31 AM Re: After about 10 Months of Chiro and Acupuncture [Re: Braverhund]
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I am hoping that Max and I follow in you guys's footsteps. He is much better than he was a year ago. We are starting a more regular program of acupuncture now, so you two can be our role models, something to aspire to. It's so much nicer when you and your dog can go out and do "stuff".
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#153764 - 05/05/11 10:07 AM Re: After about 10 Months of Chiro and Acupuncture [Re: MaxaLisa]
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crossedfingers That Max does well with his new program.

Aodhán is going about once every 5-6 weeks right now. DH is so impressed that he wants to look into it for himself to control a couple of issues he has.
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#153852 - 05/05/11 04:24 PM Re: After about 10 Months of Chiro and Acupuncture [Re: Woodreb]
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I love how helping the dogs can often help us to.

I'm every 3 weeks with Max. I wish I could afford to go more often, maybe every other week, but I guess this will have to do for now. Way back when, we were at the point of every 6 weeks, so I'm hoping, although he is older and more messed up, that we can get there again.

I guess thinking about my experience with Max, I would just say try not to slip and lose any ground, it's hard to get back to that spot where you were at!
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#164112 - 06/26/11 11:48 PM Re: Aodhán's Latest Chiro Visit [Re: MaxaLisa]
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Aodhán had her latest chiro and acupuncture visit yesterday and since it was a Saturday, I went up with her and DH. Even Caleb (sans conehead) got to go for the ride. DH took him for a walk while Aodhán had her treatment.

The vet said she is really pleased with her progress and feels that she is a different dog than when we started - roughly 11 months ago now. Her rear legs are much stronger than they were when we started and her back is doing really well.

Don't know if it was because I was there - or that she knew DH and Caleb had gone for a walk - but she was full of it during the treatment. Talking and a little antsy like she would have rather been out walking instead of sitting in the room. And she was yodeling as we went out the door to go meet DH and Caleb.

DH and I made appointments to go to the chiro doctor down the street from her vet yesterday, too. We told him we were so impressed with how she's doing that we thought we'd give it a try, too.
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#164146 - 06/27/11 04:48 AM Re: Aodhán's Latest Chiro Visit [Re: Woodreb]
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Originally Posted By: Woodreb

DH and I made appointments to go to the chiro doctor down the street from her vet yesterday, too. We told him we were so impressed with how she's doing that we thought we'd give it a try, too.



That's exactly how I started. After Indy's first appointment, she had such a dramatic response, that I called the chiro and scheduled the next appointment for the both of us smile

I was lucky that the chiro treats both canine and human!

That was in 2001 - chiro was such a lifesaver for Indy. I am so happy that you have also seen good results - I always feel better when they feel better thumbup
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#164162 - 06/27/11 08:55 AM Re: Aodhán's Latest Chiro Visit [Re: MaxaLisa]
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Have you been or you are going? That is so cool smile

I always used to pooh-pooh the idea but when I had whiplash I tried EVERYTHING and was in constant pain for months so gave it a shot and a couple hours after the first appointment I was pain free!

How often does Aodhan need to go now?
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#164174 - 06/27/11 09:21 AM Re: Aodhán's Latest Chiro Visit [Re: bianca]
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Aodhán goes to her chiro about every 6 weeks now.

We also try to plan around if we anticipate heavy exercise - like when we go on vacation we make sure she has a visit in the week before we leave. Or if Caleb has been body slamming her a lot, we might try to get her in earlier when that happens.

We haven't been yet - first visit for the consult, etc is in a couple of weeks. Since I've been getting up often with a stiff back and really feel it when I've been doing a lot of woodworking or cooking in the kitchen - on my feet for 4-5 hours on concrete or tile - I'm really looking forward to this to see if it will help.

I'm really pleased with how well Aodhán is doing. We've even got her doing some sit-ups for treats (just a second of two) to build up her core muscles. She hadn't been willing to do those for a while before we started her treatments.


Edited by Woodreb (06/27/11 09:26 AM)
Edit Reason: fix typo
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#164456 - 06/28/11 02:30 AM Re: Aodhán's Latest Chiro Visit [Re: Woodreb]
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You will have to let us know how you're appointment goes smile
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