Case History: Maggie and “Annie”
my 3 and 1/2 year old Doberman x – “Annie” has just been diagnosed with wobblers. We have had issues with her back end since she was about one and saw a number of vets.
We thought maybe her hips – the x-rays showed great hips and no problems. Finally went to a chiropractor for horses and large dogs and that was her first thought. We have not had any issues other than a weak hind end – and difficulty getting up after heavy play.
SHE LOVES TO PLAY – I have never seen another dog have more fun that her!! We have not seen any problems with her neck to this point. We have spent the last moth resting – but she just wants to get out and play .
I am torn with what I should allow her to do and what not to do. One suggestion was to get a soft neck collar for her to wear while she is sleeping
We have always treated our dogs with homeopathy-surgery is not an option – We are trying to keep it mostly alternative we will continue with chiro and I will look into acupuncture – right now I give her 2,000mgm. of MSM along with glucosamine and chondroitin . I have also found a couple of homeopathic remedies that seem to work – I give her a combination of rhus toxicodendron for nerve damage as well as hypericum perforatum for any pain (if interested in dosage let me know).
I guess I am interested in knowing what to expect and if it is possible that this is a mild case – will it progress and what I should be looking for . Any thoughts and or suggestions would be gratefully accepted. It’s also nice to know that there is someone out there who understands. Thanks for your website I know it will be help full as we move through this journey.
Yes of course put it on you website. I have attached a picture of Annie from about a year ago.
We have another chiro appointment and start with acupuncture in the new year. She really is doing fine right now. But she has been on rest for about one and a half months. We go back to chiro in two weeks. Will know then what she is allowed to do and not do .
The dosage of the homeopathic meds are as follows:
I combined 3 pellets each at 30C of Rhus Toxicodendron and the Hypericum 3X a day in the beginning for about two weeks. I lowered it to 2 pellets 3X a day for a week and then 2 pellets 2X a day for a week – Right now I am giving her 2 pellets of each once a day – I will see where we go from here . I also have to discuss this more with the homeopathic vet.
It says in my book (Homeopathic Self Care – by Robert Ullman N.D. and Judyth Reichenberg -Ullman, N.D. – GREAT BOOK) if you don’t see an improvement within 2 to 3 days try another med. Annie has really improved.
Thank You again I will e-mail you again after our next appointment.
“Be The Person Your Dog Thinks You Are”
December 30, 2008
Hi , just back from our chiro appointment and as promised here is the update for Annie.
Well I am pleased to say it was very good news – our chiropractor was very pleased with Annie’s progress. It has been almost 8 weeks (was supposed to be 5 or 6 weeks but I got sick) since we saw her last and she said Annie’s neck was still in place and she was “excited” about that. She felt it was very promising.
I asked her the dreaded question – “what can I expect from here”? will it progress to some of the cases I have read about?” her answer was really encouraging. She said it will progress in here later years, but because she is so young and we have caught it so early that we can treat it with chiro, acupuncture and a modified lifestyle and we can expect a relatively normal life for Annie. I have been to various vets with complaints about her weak hind end since she was a puppy and all of them wanted to put it off to her hips or knees even after x-rays showed they were good.
I guess I am lucky that I brought Annie to Katie – she has seen the disease often in her work with horses and large breed dogs . I would encourage anyone if their dogs are having difficulty and it isn’t obvious to look into it deeper. From what I have learned we were able to stop too much damage from happening because we caught it early.
We will continue with chiro about once a month, start acupuncture in January and will continue with the homeopathic medications.
So I am glad to report a good appointment.
Will give you an update after our acupuncture on January 7th.
Maggie and Annie…
“Be The Person Your Dog Thinks You Are”
Just a quick update on Annie.
Hi there – sorry it has taken me so long to get back to you. Just a quick update on Annie. Since that article in 2008 Annie has tore both of her back ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) and has had surgery on each of them about 6 months apart. She is doing much better know. The most important factor for Annie’s health is routine and controlled exercise. So lifestyle change has been her biggest health +. It’s not easy though, she is a young healthy dog and loves to play – our other dog is a border collie so she has tonnes of energy so it is a battle to keep their play to a minimum – but for Annie it is a must!!!
We have accepted that there will be days when she hurts and limping may be a part of her life. It is very rare that I give her I hypericum perforatum any more, but when I do I giver her 3 pellets each at 30C and monitor how she is. You need to talk to a homeopathic vet to find out what dosage is best for your own dog !
I give her glucosamine, MSM and chondroitin daily. That helps alot. When she is really hurting I will giver her Traumeel homeopathic (liquid) or Turmeric & Bromelain. (turmeric and pineapple) both help with inflammation.
I also use either heat or ice depending on where she is hurting most. On her spine I use heat and if it’s here back end I will use ice. This is rare as I said we keep her “play” as controlled as possible.
Chiropractic and acupuncture also helps alot . We see the chiro about every 3 months or so now and acupuncture when she shows signs of needing it.
I try to walk her daily – in the summer we had her up to about 2 kilometres a day -this is amazing since 3 years ago just a short walk caused her great pain. That distance is difficult right now because we live in the country and it gets dark very early (I work 9-5) and lots of critters around – But I do try to walk her at least a kilometre a day.
I think it’s really important for you to see a homeopathic vet . I wish you luck and make sure that what ever you are giving your dog that you have researched it yourself first !!!
Our journey has been trial and error and what works for one dog, just like humans, may not work for another.
Take care, Maggie…
“And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom”.