Suffering In Silence

After 25 years of treating people for musculoskeletal problems, I can't count how many times I've heard someone say, "This pain is killing me!," or, "It hurts so much that I can't get comfortable no matter what I do!" Even though those people were in severe pain, very few of them limped or had to resort to using a wheelchair because they were unable to walk.

Perhaps you have been injured or suffered from significant pain, but still you were able to walk just fine. Pain motivates us to seek relief. Most often we find relief before any loss of function, such as limping, occurs.

Apply this concept to your pet. The most common condition that prompts people to bring their cat or dog to see me is limping or complete paralysis of one or more legs. I have to wonder how long this animal has been suffering from pain before the lameness started.

How long can your pet tolerate pain before he starts to limp? Unless the pet's problems are from a clearly identified injury, no one knows. 

Pinched nerves, tight muscles, or spinal problems, such as swollen discs, can torment a body for weeks, months, and even years before losing the use of a limb. Sometimes there are warning signs; other times there may not be. There is good news! Getting a periodic chiropractic exam for your pet can identify problems early so that your pet doesn't have to suffer for long periods of time before outward signs become obvious.

Our pets are an important part of our family and we want them to be healthy and happy. Call Badger Veterinary Hospital to schedule a chiropractic exam for your pet today!