Dog helped by chi­ro­prac­tic treat­ment

The News-Times - - ADVICE/GAMES - Dr. Michael Fox

Dear Dr. Fox: Chuckie (our lit­tle fella with the slipped cer­vi­cal disks) has not had an­other painful episode or a minute of dis­com­fort since his ca­nine chi­ro­prac­tor has been treat­ing him. He needs only min­i­mal ad­just­ments, mostly to his lower spine, ev­ery six weeks. He gets phys­i­cal ther­apy twice a week, and is swim­ming 13 laps in the ther­apy pool: one lap be­ing 80 feet walk­ing on the pool step and 80 feet swim­ming back to the start. His chi­ro­prac­tor says he has a neck like Arnold Sch­warzeneg­ger!

He is happy, funny and play­ful. We’re look­ing for brace sup­port for in­de­pen­dent walk­ing, but in the mean­time, he uses his wheelie with ease and grace.

P.H.P., Mil­ford, Con­necti­cut

Dear P.H.P.: Thanks for af­firm­ing the ben­e­fits of ve­teri­nary chi­ro­prac­tic ma­nip­u­la­tion, to which I would sug­est you add a daily full-body mas­sage, as per my book “The Heal­ing Touch for Dogs.” Cer­tainly phys­i­cal ther­apy, swim­ming in par­tic­u­lar, can help de­velop sta­bi­liz­ing mus­cle tone and strength. Your de­vo­tion — cost and time not­with­stand­ing — is an es­sen­tial part of your dog’s well-be­ing, and a les­son to all not to give up too soon and opt for eu­thana­sia in sim­i­lar cases.

Much can be done be­yond ex­pen­sive surgery to help dogs en­joy some qual­ity of life with less or no pain!

Dear Read­ers: Ear­lier this year, the newly formed In­ter­na­tional Part­ner­ship for Dogs an­nounced the launch of a new database pro­vid­ing guid­ance on ge­netic test­ing of dogs as part of the much­needed Har­mo­niza­tion of Ge­netic Test­ing for Dogs Ini­tia­tive. For de­tails, go to dog­well­net.com.

CATS AP­PEAR TO CHOOSE FOOD BASED ON NU­TRI­TIONAL NEEDS

When given a choice, cats and dogs eat nu­tri­ents that meet their chang­ing needs, re­sults of a study at Ore­gon State Univer­sity’s Carl­son Col­lege of Ve­teri­nary Medicine sug­gest, and food man­u­fac­tur­ers could use in­sights from the study to im­prove their prod­ucts.

In the study, younger cats pre­ferred pro­tein, but as they age, cats’ abil­ity to process pro­tein wanes. Older cats in the study avoided high-pro­tein foods. (The Ore­go­nian, July 29)

Write c/o Uni­ver­sal Uclick, 1130 Wal­nut St., Kansas City, MO 64106 or email an­i­mal­doc­fox@gmail.com. Visit Dr. Fox’s Web site at www. DrFoxVet.com.

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