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Oliver's Twist in the Tale
Have you ever been threatened with being killed – just because you had a bad back? You may have felt so bad you wanted to die. You might have felt like you were dying! But even if it did put you in peril, you could at least ask for help and talk about it. Think how awful it must be if no-one understands and you can't tell them what you're feeling.
As a Daschund, his body shape means he is particularly vulnerable to lower back problems. His back legs had given way and his tail was limp - he was paralysed. His bladder and bowel were not able to empty naturally and surgery was not an option. His veterinary surgeon had decided that the only way was to put Oliver to sleep.
Neither Vav nor the vet were very hopeful at her first assessment. Oliver's lumbar region was very twisted and he showed no deep pain reflex, which meant there were serious nerve problems. However, both were prepared to try Chiropractic. After all, Oliver had little to lose…
Oliver had been visiting the vet twice a day to be catheterised and have his bowel emptied. The next day, which the vet expected to be Oliver's last, he was surprised to find the deep pain reflex had returned. So a plan was agreed jointly, that the vets would continue to care for Oliver while Vav continued with Chiropractic.
Six days after that, Oliver regained control of his bladder and bowel. Remembering that Vav had said that this was the priority, Frieda began to get her hopes up. Vets cannot catheterise animals indefinitely because infection can often set in and jeopardise things too much.
Two weeks later, Oliver showed great progress. His bowel and bladder were working normally and he was walking around quite happily.
A further month passed before Vav saw Oliver again. He was further improved, more upright and relaxed, with only a residual impairment of gait.
Six months after the original call, Oliver was back to complete health and free movement. He has continued with Chiropractic treatment every four months as a preventative and maintenance measure – and because he likes it!
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