Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Chiropractor and Patella Issue

I know, today should be Bentley's day to shine.  I do have all his videos on youtube and need to do a write up here, but I'm worried about something else and wanted to post about it.
Tonight we took the dogs to the chiropractor for the first time.  I admit that the first time I heard about it I thought it was a little odd, but decided that a qualified person's hands on my dog couldn't be a bad thing.  We decided on a chiropractor that was also a vet, as that made me feel reassured.

Anyways, Bentley was out in all kinds of places.  She said he was very out--she specifically mentioned his sacrum and pelvis.  She said it could have affected his weaves this past weekend.  I'm not one to write off all mistakes as being related to his chiropractic health, but it's something to consider. 

Lexi was only a little out (surprising since she is always throwing herself at everything as fast and furious as possible), but the woman did give us some interesting information.  She said that she felt Lexi's left patella pop.  She asked if I had heard any popping or seen any limping, skipping or favoring that side--and I haven't.  She said it could be very mild and never be an issue, but it felt like it luxated slightly.   Of course being me, I became very worried.  I know this is not necessarily a career-ending injury, but it still scares me.

I have reached out to all kinds of resources (friends that are vets, friends with experience, serious agility competitors who have been through this, sheltie-informed friends, etc...) and will be making an appointment with a vet soon.  I am trying to decide if we should see our regular vet or make an appointment with someone else who might have a little more agility experience.

I am praying that it's nothing serious--my little girl loves to run and play!


  1. That news would scare me too but hopefully you'll find out it is really nothing! Hang in there.

  2. I would be very surprised if she had a luxating petella that wasnt picked up until now. There is also another tendon back there that sometimes pops as it moves over the bone. Try not to worry.

  3. Bailey and Katy have been seeing a chiro since we adopted them on a monthly basis. I've noticed as Bailey has gotten older you can see the difference as he gets closer to his visits. I don't notice it with when he was younger or with Katy now, but that has been one of the advantages of their monthly visits.

  4. Oh dear! That is a scary news! I sometimes fear to go to a chiro/phsio because I am scare to know my dogs are "out" in places. I am sure Lexi will be fine after some treatments to adjust that problem.