The Continuing Saga Of Cookie’s Leaks: Trying Chiropractic Approach

In spite of the vet’s conviction that Cookie’s leaks are estrogen-responsive incontinence, the dribbles kept coming back during and after the conclusion of the treatment.

The Continuing Saga Of Cookie's Leaks: Trying Chiropractic Approach

I could see it during, as I imagine it takes a while for things to get on track. But at the end of the treatment, they should have been gone.

The leaks got reduced but haven’t gone away.

The first time Cookie started with the leaks was right after her bout of pancreatitis. That was in February. Then they went away and she didn’t have any problems until late August.

The thing on my mind was, what has changed?

What has been different now and what has been different in February? Because it made sense to me that it ought to be something that was different than normal but common for both of the times.

One thing would have been some change in diet. Treating her pancreatitis, Cookie was on prescription food and off her “bone meal” stuff. After we moved to Jasmine’s ranch, I didn’t have a way of cooking it up for her so she was off it as well.

However, once things got sorted out a bit I started making it again … and didn’t seem to have made any difference.

So the food likely was not it.

Then it occurred to me. Pretty much ever since we got her she was getting regular chiropractic adjustments. The initial reason was that she’s been very lame because of the fragment of the porcupine quill in her foot. I felt that the compensation must have taken a toll on her and made her first appointment.

It turned out that her pelvis was a mess and we started doing monthly treatments.

After we moved, we left her chiropractor behind and haven’t found a new one yet.

And here is the kicker. When she had pancreatitis, her chiropractor felt she didn’t want to burden the body and we didn’t do any chiropractic until Cookie was all well again.

Certainly a common thread.

Sometimes leaking becomes worse if the low back is sore or there are some pelvic issues. When the right nerve gets pinched, such as the nerve that works the neck of the bladder, this could lead to leaks.

It made sense to me so we made an appointment with a local chiropractor and got Cookie adjusted.

She needed adjustments to right sacroiliac joint (SI), right sacral apex, Left L4, L2 posterior.

Could that have been behind the leaks?

Perhaps … She’s had no leaks since. Coincidence? Perhaps. But the adjustment certainly didn’t hurt anything.

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Jana Rade

I am a graphic designer, dog health advocate, writer, and author. Jasmine, the Rottweiler of my life, was the largest female from her litter. We thought we were getting a healthy dog. Getting a puppy from a backyard breeder was our first mistake. Countless veterinary visits without a diagnosis or useful treatment later, I realized that I had to take Jasmine's health care in my own hands. I learned the hard way that merely seeing a vet is not always enough. There is more to finding a good vet than finding the closest clinic down the street. And, sadly, there is more to advocating for your dog's health than visiting a veterinarian. It should be enough, but it often is not. With Jasmine, it took five years to get a diagnosis. Unfortunately, other problems had snowballed for that in the meantime. Jasmine's health challenges became a crash course in understanding dog health issues and how to go about getting a proper diagnosis and treatment. I had to learn, and I had to learn fast. Helping others through my challenges and experience has become my mission and Jasmine's legacy. I now try to help people how to recognize and understand signs of illness in their dogs, how to work with their veterinarian, and when to seek a second opinion. My goal is to save others the steep curve of having to learn things the hard way as I did. That is the mission behind my blog and behind my writing. That is why I wrote Symptoms to Watch for in Your Dog, which has turned out being an award-winning guide to dog owners. What I'm trying to share encompasses 20 years of experience.

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