Dear Doc Jamieson,
I have a Gordon Setter? that I got from animal welfare on the 1-9-93, she had been beaten with a weapon, and has had doors jammed on her, so her jaw was crooked, when I got her. She was dumped to stave to death, which she nearly did. The vets could only tell her age, because she was losing her 4 month old teeth. I straightened her jaw, by giving her bones to chew, but I think, it has gone into arthritis now, because she can not chew hard bones.
Candy started with back problems in 2004, she could not jump into the car, could only go up or down stairs with help, could not pick her back legs up, they dragged along the ground, limping in left back leg one day, and right back leg on other days, I could not groom her back, it was too sore, and when she ran it looked like a rabbit hopping, she was crab walking, and nearly all her weight, was in the 2 front legs, if I picked 1 front leg up, she fell over.
I went to the vet, and she said arthritis, and gave me rimadyl a strong pain killer, 2 halves a day. Because I said, I was going to take the dog to Doc Jamieson, to put her “back in”, she recommended I take candy to a chiropractor in Beenleigh (she did not say he was a vet) a Dr Rowan Kilmartin. I went to him on 24-11-04, he spent about 20 mins., moving his fingers along candy’s spine in a standing position and laying down position. He did nothing, then recommended giving her arthritis tablets. He then said $55, the dog is to have no exercise for 48hrs., and then she is cured.
I went to Doc Jamieson, and in a few treatments he had the back pretty good.
This time Candy, put her back out on the 7-7-06. Candy stood up , and one leg was a sleep, and she fell putting the back out, and losing total balance, she just kept falling until I stopped her, so I rang Doc Jamieson, and travelled to Brisbane immediately. Candy went in for treatment with no balance, and walked out a happy dog. When I got home Candy fell backwards, and lost balance again, she was in so much pain, even with 1 pain killer a day, she would not eat or drink, so I was syringing glucose syrup, milk and egg into her mouth. When I found out Doc Jamieson would not be in Brisbane until the 21-7-06, I arranged to travel to Gympie on the 13-7-06, and Doc was good enough, to stay back after time, to give her 3 treatments. The back stayed in until, she turned to quick on the 14-7-06, so I arranged to travel to Bundaberg, and stay over night, so she could have intensive treatment. There are not many people, who would give up their weekend, with their family, to treat a sick dog, but Doc Jamieson and his lovely wife did, and for that I owe you both a big Thank You. Candy is improving with each treatment.