We bought a new Bordeaux Dog puppy, Chinook, to keep our 7.5-year-old Bordeaux Dog, Yuna, company after the loss of our other dog. After a week they had gotten used to each other, and Yuna became happier, more playful and even began to display motherly behaviour. In September 2010 she made a quick turn and immediately yelped loudly. After that she started limping, with an arched back. The next day we went to our vet, who suspected a cruciate ligament strain or rupture. He gave us painkillers and advised us to keep Yuna calm for two weeks.
But a week later, Yuna’s condition had only gotten worse. She couldn't stand straight, and almost couldn't walk anymore (we had to hold her up with a towel under her belly). We prepared ourselves for the worst, to say goodbye to Yuna, but our vet recommended we visit Dr Aharon for orthomanual therapy. We made an appointment. After careful examination, Dr Aharon concluded that Yuna had had a spinal cord infarct. She treated Yuna by realigning her vertebrae, and she gave us a special pair of shorts with handles to make it easier to carry her. This way Yuna could walk a bit to regain strength in her hind leg.
Yuna’s walking improved. After another treatment, medication for one of her inflamed toes, and good care she got better and better. Now, Yuna has regained 60% of her ability to walk and hopefully will improve another 15%. She’ll always have to take it easy, but we can see that she is much happier now.
What a difference compared to a couple of months ago! Last week we visited Dr Aharon again, and she was as happy and as surprised as we were at how quickly Yuna has recovered.