ramonaghan Posted February 12, 2016 Share Posted February 12, 2016 (edited) Yesterday Sweep had her second round of acupuncture and second chiro adjustment for her mystery limp (background here and here). In January she had been doing well on Previcox every other day, but the limp resumed when we tried stopping it completely...and then the big snow came. Between snow zoomies and several days of maneuvering through 8 inches of snow (not something hounds or humans are used to in these parts) for potty breaks, she regressed and not even daily Previcox was keeping the limp totally at bay. So, two steps forward, one step back. The chiropractor said overall she is in good shape and only needed some minor adjustments in her neck, which he thinks might be the culprit for her limping. She did not show improvement in the first week, but that coincided with going cold turkey off Previcox, so I'm not surprised by that. The acupuncture vet had warned us we probably wouldn't see improvement until the second or third treatment, and if she doesn't show improvement in six treatments, we'll move on to something else. We've also been prescribed Chinese herbs, but they apparently take a while to have any anti-inflammatory effect (that's the one component I'm somewhat skeptical about, but I'll try anything at this point). She's still on daily joint supplements and fish oil as well. I bought Duralactin but haven't tried it yet since I'm tossing so many other new things at her. I'm hopeful and glad to be pursuing a different course of action, but also wondering where we go from here if it doesn't work. The most frustrating thing has been that my regular vet (and the other three vets at the practice that he showed our video to), the acupuncture vet, and the chiro all think she's limping on her right front leg, while the orthopedic specialist and DH and I feel certain it's her left front. So we're somewhat limited on treatment options until we all get on the same page. We keep hearing phrases like "mystery dog" and "unusual presentation." I'm thinking of contacting Dr. Couto but will wait to see how we do with the acupuncture first...and probably should get a new set of x-rays since the last ones were done in late December. Anyway, now to my question: bc this is possibly a neck issue, the chiro also recommended switching to a harness, so we ordered the Freedom No-Pull from 2Hounds Design. But I'm not sure which is the best place to attach the leash--at the chest or the back? She's a bit pully but not terribly so; the bigger issue is that she is leash reactive and lunges at other dogs. Would attaching at the front give me better control? She's not spooky at all and has never tried backing out of anything, so that's not a concern. Thanks for making it through another long chapter in the Sweep Saga. Edited February 12, 2016 by ramonaghan Quote Rachel with littermates Doolin and Willa, feline rivals Tootie and Richard, and squatter cats Crumpet and Fezziwig. Always missing gentlemen kitties Mud and Henry, and our beautiful, feisty, silly Sweep. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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