Meet Taboo. Taboo is an 11 year old German Shepherd (trained in German by the way), who has served on the Hillside Fire Department and FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency). She has been doing USAR (Urban Search and Rescue) since she was 7 weeks old. She has been on several major deployments and made a live find. She is trained as a Live Find dog, which means she only searches for "live" scent, not dead. She is also a member of the Illinois Terrorism Task Force K9 Team and FEMA.
Taboo came to TOPS about one year ago, when her owner and handler Jennifer realized she was having some rear end lameness. She was evaluated by Dr. McCauley who saw that Taboo had a short stride in the rear limbs and tucked her pelvis. She exhibited right rear lameness with restrictions in extension of her hip. Dr. McCauley diagnosed her with hip dysplasia with secondary arthritis and atrophy (muscle loss), in her rear limbs and trunk, hip laxity and tenderness on both sides. Taboo also had tight muscles, from over use, in her front limbs because she was compensating for her back end's weakness.
Her treatment routine included acupuncture, exercises, hydro-treadmill, chiropractic, massage and stretching. She was started on a glucosamine supplement as well as Adequan, also for her joints, and Ligaplex to help strengthen tendons and ligaments. In the past year she has also has had stem cell therapy to help alleviate her arthritis which is secondary to her hip dysplasia. The goal was to relieve pain, improve range of motion of the hips, and increase strength in Taboo's rear limbs and trunk to help her better do her job.
Last year Taboo was diagnosed with basal cell cancer but she has had it removed and has fully recovered.
As you can see from her video, Taboo is doing great, feeling great, and loves to work and play. Her whole body strength has increased and she is back to her normal healthy self, goal accomplished.
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