Sunday, September 26, 2010

Chiropractic treatment for dogs

Dr. Janice Crook, family vet
You've already heard about Sam's regular vet, Dr. Janice Crook, who also gives him acupuncture treatments.

Sam also gets regular chiropractic treatments from Dr. Gail Jewell. All of our dogs have had regular preventative care chiropractic sessions with Dr. Jewell since they were puppies.

We learned with our last dogs, Wupper and Max, that little things go out of whack all the time with them because they run and jump and roll around and play and crash into each other -- regular dog stuff.  Usually it's minor things that come up -- a rib goes out, toes get jammed, a tail gets kinked -- and there is nothing obvious to the casual observer.  And it probably doesn't bother the dog too much but he can't tell us about it anyway.

However, all those little injuries do have a cumulative effect if not taken care of before they become a major injury or condition.  A little pain in one place can cause the dog to compensate by overusing another part of the body, causing stress and strain.  Those little injuries over and over again can lead to premature arthritis and so on.

Because our dogs have had treatments regularly since they were puppies, if there is anything out because of some rough housing (they seem to love jumping on each other) or extra runs at an agility match, it is worked out with minimum treatment.  Usually just Dr. Jewell's examination by running her hands over them pops things back into place.  Plus the dogs love her massages.  They get totally excited when they see her.  We'll have to get video of the neck and shoulder massages -- blissed out bobble head dogs.

With Sam right now, Dr. Jewell's exams and treatments also ensure that Sam's spine is staying straight with nothing unusual showing up.  The gentle massage also helps relax his neck, chest and shoulder muscles because he only uses the front legs for mobility and pulling himself around, with and without his wheels.

Sam won't be seeing Dr Jewell for his visit this month because she and her husband have gone down to Lexington, Kentucky for the World Equestrian Games which run from September 25 to October 10.  They are both members of the Canadian National Equestrian team competing in the Endurance events - that's 100 mile rides.  Sam says that is waaay too far  him to walk.  We wish them luck.

Dr. Gail Jewell with her horse and her dog Casey
Dr. Jewell's website is for more information about chiropractic and the benefits for dogs.

World Equestrian Games

More on Dr. Gail her horses and team


  1. Gooooo Auntie Gail!!!! Well said Sam's dad on the benefits of chiro. Since I've had a bad elbow ever since I was little, every part of my body gets out of alignment all the time from over compensating. I love Auntie Gail's massages too!!

    Love nibbles,
    Miss Sunshade

  2. hey Sam, we are the 4Bs and we live in Everett, washington, not far from the place where you had your back surgery. we learned about you from Sunshade and we even got to meet her and her mum and Jaffa when they came here to see Dr. Sanders. we went to your old posts and read all about you and your back problems. Baxter has degenerative disc disease, or maybe he doesn't. one vet said he did, one said he didn't. he has been to lots of vets and even had an MRI. anyway, he's feeling lots better now and we hope he stays that way.

    but we heard about you and we wanted to come and visit you and make friends with you. you are such a handsome fellow and we are so proud of you for doing your swimming and having a wheel chair and even a rain coat! we are glad to hear that you are making progress and we want you to get full use of your legs so that you can run and jump and play again! but if not, you seem to do really well in your wheel chair and your mom and dad are taking really good care of you. we will come back and visit you again and see how you are doing, okay?

    take care.


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