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  1. emilyfalk

    Harrisburg SDT

    Hi there, Thanks for watching! I’m sorry to hear about your dog, hope he feels better soon! We will plan to see you in person next year Emily
  2. The third annual PA Farm Show SDT will be taking place in Harrisburg, PA this weekend starting at 4:00 EST Sat, Jan 5th. If you can’t make it in person, the trial will be posted as live feed on the FB page “PA Farm Show Sheepdog Trial”, and will be broadcast live on PCN TV starting at 9:30 am Sunday. Hope you can join us! Emily Falk
  3. emilyfalk

    MDR1 - can we eradicate?

    Karen, glad to hear about Peat! It makes you wonder if there is an environmental factor compounding the MDR1 status of the dogs. I mean, just to hear that a whole litter has had several dogs with weird medical problems all within the first year of life is enough to make me say hmmmm. Even if they weren’t MDR1 carriers/affecteds I’d want to look into that further! Maybe you or Betty could tell us if there are other sibs or half-sibs NOT in TX who are having problems? Or are the non-TX dogs sub-clinical like Peat? Betty, a question for you from the other thread: did Hogan have nystagmus before or after receiving any pre-medication or anesthetic for his neuter?
  4. emilyfalk

    MDR1 - can we eradicate?

    Hi Betty, I think the experiences that you have shared are very interesting and I would like to continue to hear more about TG offspring who have anything “off” even if it’s not something the owner or vet can easily put their finger on. From a vet’s perspective, I think further investigation needs to be done on this population of TG Texan dogs. Karen, has Peat shown any abnormalities? Instances like this are one reason I tend to shy away from the Flavor of the Month studs, but OTOH it can bring to light new and important information. Thank you for writing, Betty. I had not heard about this over in the TX dogs as I don’t travel out that way.
  5. emilyfalk

    Harrisburg Trial

    Also wanted to say that PCN did such an awesome job! Let me see if I can link a clip...
  6. emilyfalk

    Harrisburg Trial

    Hi! Yes, the Farm Show SDT is my trial Thank you for watching and for the great feedback! Our announcers were just fantastic: on the arena mic was Maggie Chambers and for the PCN TV broadcast we had the team of Sue Asten and Deb Mickey. They did such a good job of providing both run commentary and border collie/sheep/herding information for the public! For those who'd like to watch the videos that were on Facebook livestream, check out my personal page: Emily Falk. We have well over 15,000 views online, which makes me really excited that it was so well-received! Will do it again next year as we continue to build the trial! We had 50 teams competing and our winner was Amanda Milliken with Dorey. See you next year!
  7. emilyfalk

    Aging dog, Flexor tendon troubles

    I really like Adequan. I have seen it used for soft tissue injuries as a diagnostic: dog comes up lame, give dose of Adequan, better next day means you have a soft tissue injury, not better means you have a bone or joint injury. I do not know if there's science behind this theory, but it has been accurate in the cases where I've seen it used this way. The molecular "building blocks" in Adequan are found in places other than the joint cartilage, so I usually figure that it's worth a try. Also, if the joint is abnormal due to conformational changes (due to tendon laxity), there will be correlated abnormal forces/strain in that joint as well as others, and since Adequan works systemically it should help out wherever needed. I'm away from home right now so don't know the Therapaw size...Gabe is 50+ lbs. I can get back to you.
  8. emilyfalk

    Aging dog, Flexor tendon troubles

    Hi Gloria, I understand what you are going through with Nick. My Gabe is very long in the pastern, so his wrists look rather hyperextended when he is standing. I was worried about it, but after some discussion with my animal chiro mentor and a lot of thinking on my part, I've come up with a plan for us. Laser laser laser. I can't say enough good things about leader therapy, but my dogs are very spoiled because I own one! Joint supplements, Adequan Regular chiro exams to ensure balance and proper movement Exercise. The best thing to do to support the joints is to strengthen the soft tissue surrounding it. Tendon laxity occurs when the muscles are not strong enough to support the joint, so too much stress is being applied to the bones/joints themselves. This can be tough to keep an older dog fit without causing further injury 😔 If Nick likes to swim (and has good technique), that should be a great exercise for strengthening the flexor muscles. Walking in deep, soft sand like at the beach would be good. Underwater treadmill. I have considered teaching him to dig in the dirt, but I already have a problem digger so I don't really need any more land mines in the yard. Excellent nutrition would be a good idea. I have Gabe on digestive enzymes so that he is getting all the necessary nutrients from his high-quality food (raw and premium kibble). I got the Therapaw wraps for his wrists prior to thinking all of this through: I panicked when I noticed him looking a little dropped in the pasterns one day! My understanding is that braces can cause problems by taking away too much of the stress on the joints, as in they bear the weight while the muscles do not. So, the muscles don't have a chance to get stronger, instead they get weaker. So...I'm not going to use the wraps on him. I can not return them, so if you feel like you'd like to try them I'll gladly ship to you. Anyway. Thought I'd share my approach for my own dog!
  9. emilyfalk

    Poor Loki

    For now I leave you with this thought: osteoporosis (bones becoming weaker from demineralization). The body is dynamic and very capable of changing itself to adjust to its environment. Parts that are used more grow and become stronger (ex arm muscles from lifting weights, heart from doing cardio). Parts that are used less become smaller and weaker (ex leg muscles after being on extended bed rest, bones in elderly people who have limited activity). I can't provide you sources this second but there are a few concepts to consider. Allopathic vs vitalistic philosophies of medicine. I practice both.
  10. emilyfalk

    Poor Loki

    I am not ignoring your requests, but I genuinely do not have time to look for that right now. My chiro references are at home and I am on the road helping prepare for a dog trial in a different state. I would like to revisit this sometime, but unfortunately now I can't make that happen. Thanks for asking
  11. emilyfalk

    Poor Loki

    Sorry to hear that, Blackdawgs. It's too bad the chiropractor didn't explain to you that it can make them worse in the interim because it uncovers problems that may had been masked. For instance, if my left knee has been injured, I may compensate by shifting more weight onto my right side, and over time my right side will hurt and may even be more painful than the original injury. When my chiropractor adjusts me and corrects this compensatory gait, I may remember that oh yeah, there *was* pain in my left knee all along, I simply forgot about it because I was focused on the other pain. Same thing for the different areas of the back. That is why we believe in a multi-modal approach to pain: adjustments, pain medications, ice, heat, massage, laser, acupuncture. But no, routine adjustments don't hurt, they actually release endorphins. A couple of my dogs nearly fall asleep during their adjustments, and I've had many patients sleep soundly afterwards OR show lots of interest in play or other activities that they hadn't done in a long time. For myself, I instantly feel so much better Also worth mentioning that there are skilled chiros and those posing as them, so one experience may have not been positive, but that doesn't mean that all chiropractic is that way. For anyone interested, there are two certifying organizations (after chiro school) where you must pass written and practical exams and also maintain chiro-specific continuing education: the International Veterinary Chiropractic Association and the American Veterinary Chiropractic Association. Sorry for the hijack, I'll be done now. Simply trying to offer some options for chronic pain.
  12. emilyfalk

    Poor Loki

    Thanks, Sue. We were posting at the same time...but I'm trying to multitask so I can get to a farm call and you beat me to it
  13. emilyfalk

    Poor Loki

    Not unlikely at all!! Chiropractic is a very well documented science, yes, actual *medicine* that is far from the "woo-woo" many believe it to be. I am not talking about a simple manipulation that instantaneously reverses all problems...the process of demineralization takes time. The body didn't break down to reach its current state of *chronic disease* in 5 minutes, did it? Several adjustments and months are needed to restore health. Smal, I don't know what you are talking about in your last sentence with regard to how mineralized tissue looks different on rads. Food for thought...how many dogs or humans have you seen at surgery or on necropsy with a SECOND column of solid bone lying under the spine? Bones don't just keep growing at their ends, instead they have cartilage caps and ligaments that can change and stiffen as needed. The anatomical structure that lives under the spine, the one that connects each vertebra to its neighbor and therefore shows up as the "bridging" structure on radiographs, is the ventral longitudinal *ligament*. It normally does not show up on radiographs because in its healthy state it does not contain enough calcium to be radiopaque. When it becomes mineralized in an effort to support the spine, *then* you see it appear on rads. One reason I hesitate to post on forums anymore: closed mindedness. If I am suggesting something that is safe and effective but you disagree, OK, but please don't disparage my professional training and experience. Do some more research or simply scroll on without implying I don't know what I'm talking about. And, yes, I work in veterinary healthcare (as a vet) and I have seen spondylosis reversed on radiographs. Lots of people have. And lots of dogs feel better for it.
  14. emilyfalk

    Poor Loki

    Oh, and laser can be awesome for back pain!
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