Paralyzed From Disc Disease, Dog Recovers 100% with Acupuncture and Chiropractic!
Fritz is one of our miracle dogs at Animal Holistic Care
Specialists. He is a 6 year old miniature Dachshund who became paralyzed in
March of 2009. Fritz’s Mom, Simone, brought him to see Dr. Dawn after he had
been unable to move his hind legs for 1 week.
The problem occurred suddenly. Fritz had not acted like
himself one day in late March, 2009. A visit to his primary veterinarian did
not turn up a specific problem. The following day Simone heard Fritz cry out
while he was outside and saw that he was dragging his hind legs. After another
exam and x-rays were performed by his primary Doctor, Simone learned that Fritz
was likely to have an intervertebral disk problem. Simone decided not to have
him evaluated by a specialist for possible back surgery.
When Dr. Dawn evaluated Fritz, he was unable to move his
hind legs, and he was unable to feel “deep pain” sensation. This means there
has been significant injury to the spinal cord. Fritz received an acupuncture
treatment to relieve muscle tension in the back, to reduce inflammation, and to
provide healthy stimulation to the damaged nerves in order to encourage
healing. Because Fritz was completely paralyzed he did not have pain sensation,
however many dogs with intervertebral disk problems are extremely painful and for
those dogs acupuncture provides pain relief. Fritz also received spinal
manipulation to release pressure on the disk and nerves in the area of injury.
Fritz was treated weekly for 3 weeks in April, 2009 and he showed continued gradual
improvement. Fritz was also given the homeopathic supplements Traumeel and
Discus Compositum, and the Chinese herbal supplements Double PII and
Hindquarter Weakness. Simone was also very diligent in performing
rehabilitation exercises at home, and helping Fritz to swim in the bath tub!
By early May Fritz was able to walk, although he was still
wobbly on his hind legs. He had 3 visits on a monthly basis and by the end of
the summer he was walking normally! He still had trouble on stairs, but because
it was dangerous for him to go up and down stairs he was restricted from them
unless he was supported.
Fritz was back at Animal Holistic Care Specialists this
September for a spinal adjustment to keep promoting normal movement in the
joints of his spine to prevent another disk problem. He feels great! His hind
legs are very muscular and his gait is normal. Simone expressed how amazed and
happy she is that Fritz recovered from being paralyzed!