Monday, February 25, 2013

Dr.'s Visit

I took Coulee to a vet that specializes in rehab medicine and pain management.  I had seen her once before to see if she had some options for Coulee's feet but what motivated me to visit her this time was Coulee pulling up lame 3 times in the past month.  It kept happening out of the blue in different circumstances and would fix itself in less than 20 minutes.  But it was still weird and obviously painful at the time for her.

Turns out she thinks it was a problem with her neck not her foot or ankle like I had thought.  She gave her some chiropractic adjustments in her neck so she thinks we'll have no problems in the future and gave us some super easy strength and stretching exercises to work on.  I like the super easy and fast part.  I'm not that good with homework.  :)

She also had some ideas to try when Coulee's feet start to go bad.  So we'll see how that goes as well.  I'm not a big "natural medicine" person - I like things to be scientifically proven - but at this point, there is no harm in trying.

She did suggest doing laser therapy on her feet for pain management but said that it would have to be done daily (which obviously isn't practical, even if she was in Lethbridge and not Calgary) so I might try and figure out if there is a way I can do it myself.  I've researched it a bit online though and it doesn't sound very scientifically proven, which if you know me at all, drives me nuts.  :)


Taryn said...

I do laser on Jimmy and Wilson. While I know it isn't scientic, I can notice a huge difference the next day. Also, when my chiro-vet wants to do adjustments on Jimmy, he gets so tense (it scares him!) he's hard to treat. A few minutes with the laser, and he loosens up noticeably. That being said, laser treatment is expensive! I have been toying with the idea of leasing the equipment for a few months (still expensive) to get the full benefit of regular treatments. The company I was/might use is: Respond Systems, Inc.
800-722-1228 if you want to do some research.

WigglyZack said...

Sounds like it was worth the visit and consult. Hope Coulee feels better

Paws on the Run said...

Thanks Taryn! I'll definitely check that out!

Andrea said...

Wow! The adjustment to the neck thing sounds fascinating...and I hope it helps!