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Has anyone had experience with wobblers and chiropractic? My precious boy was diagnosed with this horrible disease and we are choosing to not have surgery hd is 9.
 

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If it is true wobblers then the chiro won't help much but an evaluation would not hurt. Did they do X rays and/or MRI - Wobbers is an easy diagnosis and many are misdiagnosised by vets.

If it is a misalignment or pinched nerve that is causing the wobbler like symptoms then yes chiro can help if it has not gone on too long and permanent damage done. Mine get regular chiro check ups
 

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Do you use a chiropractor that has a certificate to treat dogs or a vet that does chiropractic. We chose not to have MRI because of sedation risk. X-rays show severe arthritis. Also considering acupuncture.
 

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I actually have been just doing some massage and slight acupressure on the area between her shoulder blades because that area gets bunched up from overuse (I think it is from overusing the front legs because the back legs are weak). I also lightly massage her neck on the two sides of the spine. Light, thumb and forefinger, circular motion. My gal has to be in a relaxed mood to accept it and then she enjoys it and can lift her head higher. But sometimes she is not in the mood and will let me know with that 'look' in her eye.
The advantage if you know what you are doing is that you can do it daily as opposed to taking your dog in once every two or more weeks. There is a chart available online for pressure points so that you can also find the one to release the flow in the back legs. Again, I am comfortable doing this to my dog but am not advocating that everyone just go online and try it. You have to have some idea of what you are doing and how and how much etc.
 

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Do you use a chiropractor that has a certificate to treat dogs or a vet that does chiropractic. We chose not to have MRI because of sedation risk. X-rays show severe arthritis. Also considering acupuncture.
Without knowing more info from an MRI, etc. I would not have a chiro do adjustments myself. I am pro chiro, just not in this case. I would suggest accupuncutre, etc. though.
 
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Without knowing more info from an MRI, etc. I would not have a chiro do adjustments myself. I am pro chiro, just not in this case. I would suggest accupuncutre, etc. though.
I agree 100%. If this dog actually has wobbler's, a chiro adjustment could actually make a bad situation worse. I'd definitely look into other alternative treatments, tho, like gold beads, etc.
 

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I don't think the gold beads were around when I had my first dobe, but I will say that acupuncture helped immensely, and she loved it.
 

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When a slew of specialists suspected that our 15-year-old guy had developed wobbler's on top of all his other health problems, they all warned us against chiropractic, for the reason Murreydobe set out. We knew the end was near and we just wanted to keep him as comfortable as possible for as long as possible, so we opted for acupuncture, as Adara and EmilyB suggested. This did seem to help, and he clearly enjoyed the treatments.
 

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Doc loved his electro-acupuncture and water therapy :) His vet also did a little chiropractic work on him but only on good days actually. If he was painful, stiff, weak or ataxic, she would only do the acupuncture. He would fall asleep with his head in my lap and feel great afterward.
I would recommend finding a vet who does both. I've heard great things about laser therapy too, some dogs really seem to respond to it so that could be another option.
 

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Chiropractors are actually trained and don't just adjust for the fun of it. If x rays were taken the take them to the chiro as he is trained specifically in the spine and muscular system. Medical doctors just fall way short on this knowledge.

If the problem is not adjustable then a chiro will not adjust but recommend the old school meds and spend lots of money for nothing. We just had a guy that did the gold bead implants and the dog only lived 6 more months before they failed. $4,000 dollars so even medical proceedures can fail. As I said if it is true wobblers the chiro will know and act accordingly.
 

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Zack was diagnosed with wobblers at about 8. He was so bad off that we had to support him with a harness and put booties on his hind feet because he dragged them so badly they bled. Auburn University said there was nothing to be done (this was about 12 years ago). We took him to an acupuncturist for several treatments but saw little improvement. My wife, Randi, ran into the owner of an agility doberman who had gold bead implantation and was back competing. We drove Zack from Birmigham, AL to Indiana for the proceedure.

I must admit it was my wife's idea and I thought it was Voo Doo. Not every dog recovers to the same extent and Zack did not make a 100% recovery. In order to give a bit more support to his neck we taped two human cervisal collars when he was active. Boy was he active he was chasing his ball and the ladies at full speed.
 

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I agree 100%. If this dog actually has wobbler's, a chiro adjustment could actually make a bad situation worse. I'd definitely look into other alternative treatments, tho, like gold beads, etc.
Hi. I'm Sandy from PA. We're having a bit of "trouble" with the after effects of Xanax which is necessary for my 8-yr-olds' acupuncture and cold laser therapy. After the initial calming to do the procedure, she actually gets completely revved up when we get home - drools, jumps around, whines and just can't calm down.

:"Gold Beads" were recommended, but she has two areas of problems: two very slightly bulging neck disks and lower spinal spondlyosis. She is still quite mobile but has that back-end wobble. Just don't know if I can trust the gold beads - and if it will do any good - DOES ANYONE KNOW IF A DOBE WAS EVER HARMED FROM IT?

Thanks SOOOOO much! :confused:
 

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My friend's Dobie was diagnosed with Wobblers when she was 3 or 4 years old, she was told that she would probably have to put her to sleep. She ended up doing acupuncture, swimming therapy and put the dog on vitamins and pills from the Vet, 4 years later the dog is still here and she can run although it is not a full sprint.
 

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Dr Durkes will look at radiographs of your dog and tell you if a candidate or not for gold bead implants. If you have films or MRI disc you can contact him.
I spoke with him on the phone about my girl after her MRI and was told that she was not a candidate. He recommended acupuncture and neck brace during her worst flare up, and she's still on monthly acupuncture/cold laser. She is doing very well. She does not need anything for her treatments, but zooms into the exam room and weighs herself, then lays down by the laser machine!
A friend's dog got the gold beads last summer and is also doing well. They drove all the way to Dr Durkes to have it done. He evaluated radiographs they sent him.
I think it would be worth your time to contact him. He's been doing this for a long time...
 
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