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13 Apr 2017

By: Canine Balance

Category: Case Studies

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Buster is a 8 year old Kelpie who I saw in July last year at a working dog training event.  Amy had only had Buster a few years but was struggling with Buster’s mobility.  His walks were getting shorter as he was pulling up sore afterwards in his back and hind legs.  He was also struggling to get up and down and wouldn’t jump into the car.

Amy had taken Buster to the vet and he was diagnosed with Arthritis.  Amy was shattered as she couldn’t believe that it could happen to a dog of 7 years young.

A gait assessment with cavaletti poles proved that Buster was short in stride.   With hands on body assessment of the spine he moved away abruptly when applied finger pressure on the lower back.  He also had discomfort when we applied flexion to his back legs.  Unfortunately, Buster was overweight which was not helping his discomfort.

Canine massage was applied, discussion about diet, nutrition and weight loss and a plan around how much walking Buster should do.  Supplements were recommended daily.  Amy had to make some adjustments to Buster’s life which was hard to do at first.  Due to distance we didn’t follow up other than via email.

6 months later we saw Buster again for a massage, WOW what a difference, complete different dog.  Buster had lost 8 kgs by eating a natural raw home food diet with supplements every day.  Buster was very eager to receive this treatment as he lied on his side and we were able to passively stretch out al legs and spine.  Amy was still walking Buster once per day for 30 minutes.

The small changes Amy made to his daily life has made Buster a happier dog all round.  Happy Buster, happy Amy.

Arthritis is completely manageable and Canine Balance has been able to assist Buster with a low pain lifestyle by doing all the things he loves like running, jumping and light sheepdog work.  Now that Buster’s pain is reduce significantly, we will try and increase his daily walks to two twenty minute walks as moving more regularly is more beneficial for arthritis.