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Posted on 10-15-2018
I only have one picture of Sport.
He has been gone for several years now, but the lesson he taught us was relevant this week.
When we first saw Sport, his back legs were both very wonky (ataxic).
With our initial assessment of Sport, we took x-rays of his low back, since this is where the nerves to the back legs originate.
On an early visit in his care, I was about to adjust his upper neck, and he bit me...hard.
This prompted further examination and x-rays of his neck.
We found that Sport had a fracture in his upper neck, and further conversation then revealed that his symptoms had started after he fell off of a groomer's table.
As is common, the groomer had Sport tethered to a leash and collar.
When he fell, he was briefly suspended by the collar, resulting in the fracture.
Of course, we changed our approach to Sport's care.
We were able to keep him with his family for about another 6 months.
Gone, but certainly not forgotten!
This week, a dog presented to Dr. Donohue and me for care.
His presentation was almost exactly the same as Sport's.
Even the fact that his problems began right after an incident at a groomer's.
Though as time has progressed, the new dog also developed a significant head tilt.
After examining the dog this week, Dr. Donohue and I insisted on x-rays of the neck, that were not taken by the previous vet.
Unfortunately, the people decided to leave without the new films, and without chiropractic care.
While we were certainly disappointed to see this dog leave, we know that the new x-rays were necessary to assure the best care.
A full and complete assessment of your pet always provides information that we use to develop our plan for care.
It is always an individualized plan.
And it is always based on science, experience, and our developed best practices.
We would rather provide no care, than to compromise your pet's well being by skipping a necessary step in assessment.
We certainly do not want to provide the wrong care.
Hopefully, we will get another chance to help this new dog.
I know it will be worth it.
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