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Handling Pain And Bringing Peace

Caprice and Pepper Schroeck for AHVMA.org

 

Peppercorn is a seven year old rescued Doberman Pinscher.  She first started seeing our integrative veterinarian right after she was adopted. Pepper had been put in a rescue because her previous owner lost his job and stopped feeding her to save money.  She was twenty pounds underweight when she entered the rescue.  When we adopted her, we were very specific that she must be good with children as we have several nieces and nephews.  Pepper settled into our home.  Within the first week, I needed to get something out of the refrigerator while Pepper was lying in front of the fridge.  I nudged her with my foot to move and she snapped at me.  I assumed she was being territorial.  Two days later a similar incident happened, again resulting in her snapping.  The next episode occurred when I was sitting on the floor with Pepper.  She was lying on a toy and I reached under her to move the toy.  Again she snapped.  My husband and I discussed that she would need to go back to the rescue as she was not going to be a trustworthy dog.  However, by this time we had fallen in love with her.  She was obedient and worked for kisses.  My husband and I talked about what was making her snap.  It seemed that she was snapping every time I had touched her near the small of her back, at her waist.

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We decided that based on this we would take her to see an integrative doctor.  We live in Pennsylvania and it requires us to drive approximately two hours to attend an appointment at this clinic, but we knew the doctor from his successful treatment of our other dog's back problems.   After examining our new dog, he told us that her back required major adjustments because she was in a lot of pain in her back and that could cause her to snap anytime the area was touched.  The veterinarian worked with us to develop an adjustment schedule, supplements and diet to help her body heal itself.  Pepper is now reliable around children and my niece considers Pepper to be one of her best friends.

 

Over the winter Pepper suddenly started limping and could not turn her head or eat without crying.  We took her to the emergency room where they told us that she had slipped a disc in her neck.  The told us that she would have to be strictly confined for three months and even then she might need to be euthanized.  We took her to our integrative veterinarian again and he performed adjustments on her neck, back and legs.  He showed us how to do stretches and traction on her neck.  He prescribed Chinese herbs for her cervical spine with other supplements.  He recommended walking her three times a day and allowing her to walk around the house as long as she did not play with her roommate.   He performed adjustments on a schedule.  We followed his plan and she is now back to normal.  Pepper lives to chase squirrels in the backyard and to wrestle with her roommate. She is no longer on pain killers, only supplements and chases squirrels daily.

 

We can't imagine being without integrative medicine for obvious reasons.

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Caprice and Pepper Schroeck

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