Puppy Symptoms

Is waking up to find a puddle of pee or a pile of pooh a symptom. And if it is a symptom, what is it a symptom of and what does it mean? When consulted, Mr. Webster informed me that a symptom is a condition in the body or in its behavior, noted by the patient, suggesting the presence of injury or disease.Next question being, do I consider our almost 5 month old female poodle a patient? That eerie cold wet feeling as it soaks into my socks at 6:00 a.m., and the odor that hangs in the still morning air fits the description in that it is a condition that came from a body. It most certainly is a behavior of the body which I have grown to disdain. I would never have imagined being excited over the sight of a puppy squatting to do its duty outdoors. Why is it I receive a warm glowing sense of accomplishment when Cheyenne responds to the words out potty in the appropriate place outdoors (don't laugh, what words do you use)?

The fire of this glow is quickly put out next time when I find the pile/puddle in the kitchen less than a half hour after patiently waiting outside 15 minutes. Now suddenly I am the poor victim of a cute, adorable, 4 month old poodle with poor retention of memory, bowel & bladder and eyes that will melt your heart. On occasion, I contemplate the question of Who is training Who? Either I am more easily pleased in my mid-life or it is a real crisis going through this puppy training stage once again. Maybe that is why a good dog is like a good spouse-once you get them trained you don't like to lose them. Maybe my dog is into natural health care & hygiene-which to them means going when & wherever nature calls. Having had 3 dogs prior to this one, I can look forward to the relief of these bodily symptoms with persistent & repetitive training.

Training a puppy is much like training a spine. It takes repeated adjustments of a vertebra over weeks or months to get it trained to stay in place. Like the puppies, we all wish it could be a miracle and happen overnight. After 3 previous dogs I know realize there is no magic, just patience and daily attention. Symptoms related to the spine include lack of control of the bladder & bowel. Over the years we have treated many who were told surgery was the only answer to the wet underwear after laughing or coughing. Adjustments to the lower lumbar spine and pelvis affect the nerves to the bladder and intestines. If the messages are being distorted or confused by pressure from the spine-then just like my puppy, there are accidents. Frequent urinary tract infections are also caused or affected by subluxations of vertebrae in the spine. There are also reflex points for the lymphatic system that we treat and have our patients rub at home 3 times a day. Oftentimes there are acupressure points which have become involved & need treatment also.

Remember that Webster says a symptom is a condition in the body or in its behavior, noted by the patient, suggesting the presence of injury or disease. Symptoms are often caused by functional disorders like the misalignments in the spine. Most symptoms like the puppies doo doo are not terminal but do create major dis-ease. Many people who first come to our Health Quest offices have suffered an injury of some type and they come in with the major symptom of pain. During the course of the examination we often find subluxations vertebra that are not related to the current injury.

These subluxations have been hiding there for months and sometimes since childhood. The bloating of the abdomen after eating, and cramping of a colitis type condition cause much dis-ease. Yet these symptoms along with their friends & relatives-constipation, diarrhea, heartburn, gastritis, ulcers, burping, indigestion & gas-are most often associated with spinal subluxations and are improved with treatment. Adjustments of the misaligned vertebra, which is a controlled and directed pressure to restore motion & alignment of the spinal bones, have a major impact on our health. We will leave the puppy training to you and the training of your spine to chiropractors like us.

For HealthQuest Longevity Center...This is Dr. Dana Pletcher with the...Other Side of the Story.