Brodie doesn't want to go up or down the steps over the past few months so I am sure he must be uncomfortable. A friend at work takes her older dog in for chiropractic and acupuncture to help with pain.
Have any of you tried this for your labs? Did it help?
I did take Bear, who is 2 1/2 yrs old to Acupunture when she was limping. It did work but not inmediate as this doesnt work as coventional drugs, yet the aquapunture did work faster plus she is younger. I definitely recommend you to give it a try (at least 6 to 8 sessions), you are not going to loose anything as it will definitely help channel the energy. I did also give her the prescribed herb pills and homeopathic remedies. Arnica is for pain, even if it is slow I think it did help her a lot.
Good Luck, let us know how it goes.
My friend is taking her two golden's for acupuncture and they saw immediate results. Baxter is 8 and had some elbow problems and he is looking a acting much younger!
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I have been taking my old girl for chiropractic for about 4-5 years now. I think that it greatly helps with her arthritis.
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A lot of agility people take their dogs to chiropractors. I take Murray to a kinesiologist (chiro, accupressure, massage therapy all in one). The results are amazing. I will warn you though that Murray's first visit left him in pain for about 1 week. When Maryna first worked on him she said he had a lot of very old injuries that had never been addressed. Since he was a rescue, we have no idea how old the injuries were or how they happened. Since that time, he hasn't had any problems after a session. In fact, he usually dozes off while she works on him. ;D
Both chiro, acu and massage help. Due to the G.'s problems we have the PT come in weekly - both the girls get a regular chiro session monthly to work out the kinks. They love it and they both move much better after, even though they don't have any serious problems.
Arnica is for soft-tissue injuries.