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Exercise induced Paralysis in a young Labrador Retriever Dog

What you don't know can hurt your companion

By Kelly Thompson, DC



Exercise induced paralysis in Dogs is a perplexing issue that can be resolved easilyThis case wasn't so much a technique learning experience but a discovery for me concerning why some dog's spines become more damaged and symptomatic at an earlier age than others. I hope you will find this discovery as interesting and rewarding as I did.


A black field Laborador named Crew was an energetic one year-old at the time she was referred to me with a perplexing problem that seemed to defy diagnosis by more than one Veterinarian. For all intents and purposes Crew was a normal hyperactive young Black Lab and never exhibited the malady during Veterinary visits. However after vigorous exercise she would become completely paralyzed in her hind legs.  (continue reading Exercise induced Paralysis in Dogs)

Luxating Patellae in Dogs

Often a case of mistaken identity

By Kelly Thompson, DC


Picture of a dog holding his left rear leg off of the floorIn my 35 years treating animals I have had the opportunity to examine countless toy and miniature breed dogs who were diagnosed with one or more luxating patellae. This is where the Knee Cap slips out the groove at the knee and is often blamed for intermittent lameness. Typically the dog will hold the rear leg up high suddenly and trot three legged for a while. You often see the pup kick or extend the leg as if to “pop” the knee cap back into the groove and resume normal gait.


What has always struck me as a curious occurrence is that in a large number of cases the luxating patellae appear to have pre-existed the lameness that eventually prompted the pet owner to seek Veterinary intervention. In other words, the knee cap has been slipping in and out for years prior to the onset of limping. (continue reading Luxating Patellae in Dogs)


Why can't my Doctor tell me why my dog is hurting?

What is causing my Dogs Pain?

By Kelly Thompson, DC


Picture of a dog in pain being examined by a VeterinarianSince 1983 when I was confronted with my first animal patient, the top three reasons pet owners have sought out my services for their companions over the years are, Dogs with Neck or Back pain; Dogs who are limping or lame; and Dogs who have become weak and uncoordinated in their rear legs. Having worked alongside Veterinarians for decades I believe I can accurately describe how these cases are generally handled at Veterinary clinics and hospitals. As an aside, years ago I did a survey of many of the Veterinarians I worked with concerning what percentage of Dogs seeking their services were Neurologic and/or Musculoskeletal cases. That is Dogs with Neck or Back pain, Limping or lameness issues, or dogs who exhibited loss of strength or loss of coordination in the hind legs. The Vet’s responses varied but the average was nearly one in three dogs come to their Veterinarian for these conditions. Additionally, it was expressed to me by more than one that these are also up there with the most frustrating cases they deal with on daily basis as well. Why is that you might ask? (continue reading Why is my dog hurting?)




Understanding your Dog's MRI Study

What can they tell you?

By Kelly Thompson, DC


Picture of what an MRI unit looks likeHydrogen ions in the body are the most prevalent ions in the body primarily because the most abundant element in our bodies is Water or H20. Think of these H+ ions as spinning like planets on their axes. In the body the axes of all these ions align randomly canceling out any magnetic effects caused by their spin.  However, when the body is brought near a strong magnetic field their axes all align relative to this magnetic field of the magnet. Now adding energy in the form of a radio frequency pulse from a surface coil near the body at the same time excites the H+ ions.


When the RF pulse is turned off, the hydrogen ions slowly return to their natural alignment within the magnetic field and release the energy absorbed from the RF pulses. When they do this, they give off a signal that the coils pick up and are sent to the computer system. The computer receives the signals from the spinning H+ ions as mathematical data. The data is subsequently converted into a picture of the tissue(s) being imaged. (continue reading MRI for Dogs)



Why is my dog paralyzed?

 A Non-Surgical treatment for paralyzed dogs

By Kelly Thompson, DC


Picture of a paralyzed dogI am reviving an article that I wrote over 15 years ago for a newsletter and adding more information that over time rounded out my understanding as my clinical successes increased in helping paralyzed dogs to regain their ability to walk again.   If your dog has become paralyzed suddenly and without apparent provocation or injury then you need to express three things. First, I’m sorry that your family is going through this. Second, know that you are not alone. This happens more commonly than you would believe or understand. Third, before you put your beloved companion under the knife know that there are non-surgical alternatives if your companion has not lost, “deep pain sensation” in addition to the paralysis. I will go into what that means further on in the article. Fortunately this is a very small percentage of paralyzed dog cases. I have been helping people’s companions with this very condition for over 35 years so I believe I am uniquely qualified to discuss this unfortunate spinal malady and how it can be resolved non-surgically. If you do opt for surgery know that it will cost you between the MRI and Surgery upwards of $12,000 and from my longterm observation over the years a good percentage never regain function following surgical intervention. (continue to website: Dog-paralysis )

Immune Mediated Meningitis in Dogs A.K.A

MUE or Meningioencephalitis of Unknown Etiology

  Creative Diagnosis, Dangerous Treatment!

By Kelly Thompson, DC


There is a new condition apparently that has been discovered in the field of Veterinary Neurology. It is called Immune Mediated Meningitis in dogs and strangely only affects Dogs. Now there is an old saying in medicine, “when you hear the sound of hoof beats think horses, not zebras."  This is an admonition to doctors to think of a more common condition that would yield the signs and symptoms that a patient presents with before conjuring up in their minds some rare or less common condition. Well some Veterinary Neurologist has just defined the existence of a Unicorn in the herd! It would be laughable if the consequences of their prescribed treatment weren’t so dire for our animal companions. I am hoping that this creative diagnostic and therapeutic “witch hunt” was born of the frustration in dealing with dogs suffering from chronic or intractable back or neck problems and not purely financially motivated. You can make your own determination. I will explain how I believe this came about. (Continue reading MUE)

Is Animal Chiropractic Legal in your State?

For Chiropractors, find out in this Article

By Kelly Thompson, DC


Note that the following information on all 50 states was the result of extensive and time consuming research that involved Internet research, along with contacting each State's Chiropractic Board or Veterinary Board or both to determine a State's laws or regulations concerning the legality of Chiropractors treating animals.  Additionally this was followed by months of HTML coding to put the compiled information into a cogent, easy to search, and easy follow format. This exercise in frequently strained patience and

"teeth gritting" frustration convinced me that many Boards really don't want to be bothered with having to field such a contentious question with potentially far reaching implications.  So, many board representatives just repeated the oft heard mantra, "we really can't give legal advice." Click on the following Link to find out what your State's Regulations say about you as a Chiropractor treating animals. (Link to Animal Chiropractic State by State)

Chiropractors Treating Animals

 The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly (Part 1 of 3)

Article in Dynamic Chiropractic

By Kelly Thompson, DC


 It is no secret that since B.J. Palmer first demonstrated adjusting a circus elephant, animals have been receiving Chiropractic adjustments routinely along with their human counterparts. I am one of a small contingent of Chiropractors who devotes their time and skill to helping animals as a full-time practice. Over this past year I completed a research project contacting every State Board to determine the status of laws concerning Chiropractors treating animals in each of the 50 states. If you are going to embark on this journey as I did years ago it is mandatory to “know before you go!” Now with attribution to the venerable film maker Sergio Leone and his “Spaghetti Westerns,” his famous movie title will act as framework as we explore the many facets of Chiropractors venturing into the Veterinary milieu across our nation in this three-part article. (Continue to Dynamic Chiropractic Article)


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© 2018, Chiropractor for Animals, Dr KellyThompson,DC all rights reserved

4470 El Camino Real, Los Altos, CA 94022, Phone: 650-218-5512