Titan is a 3-year-old, lab mix. His caregiver adopted him two months ago. She noticed right away that he had trouble passing stool. He would cry and act as if in pain. Sometimes he held his stool in for a day or two to avoid the pain of pooping.

Titan’s caregiver took him to her local veterinarian who thought the problem must be an anal sac issue. It is not uncommon for dogs to get their anal sacs clogged which can cause pain when defecating. Titan had his anal sacs expressed and treated for 2 months with no relief of his pain.

Titan came to me and his exam was unremarkable. His anal sacs were not full and his rectal exam was normal. I got him off processed food and on a homemade diet. I also put him on probiotics for intestinal health.

But the key was that I did a chiropractic exam and found subluxations in his lumbar spine. I corrected these with a couple of quick adjustments. When I saw him back the next week for a follow up treatment, his caregiver told me that after his first adjustment, Titan went home and had 4 BMs! He’s been pooping on schedule ever since.

Veterinary medicine is tricky. Our patients cannot tell us where they hurt. Anal sac problems are a common cause of rear end pain. It made sense to treat the anal sacs at first. But, if the treatment did not fix the problem, it was time to think outside the sac. One definition of insanity is to do the same thing over and over and expect to get different results.

The problem for conventional vets is that they have fewer tools in their tool kit than an integrative vet. If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail. Unfortunately, if a doctor does not understand chiropractic, they will never think of chiropractic as a solution to a problem.

Has your pet benefited from chiropractic care?

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