Wanted for back cracking: 400 Dachshunds

Every so often I come across something so bizarre that it gives me pause. Yes, even me. Sometimes it takes the form of “research” proposed by various woo-meisters. Chiropractors are notorious for this sort of thing, veterinary chiropractors even more so. Veterinary chiropractors, you ask? Yes, veterinary chiropractors. We’re talking chirorpactors who are looking for 400 wiener dogs for a research study:

Wanted

Go to AVCAdoctors.com to find an AVCA certified chiropractor near you to find out if your height challenged companion qualifies.

  1. Predominately Dachshund.
  2. No chiropractic care for the previous 60 days.
  3. Delayed tactile proprioception in rear legs +/- paresis.
  4. Uneven leg length that is influenced with neck flexion.
  5. Concurrent medications – none for first 7 days.
  6. Patients will be identified by animal’s name followed by owner’s initials. Max owned by Jessica Ormston will be MaxJO for the study.

And what, exactly, will be done? Basically, a chiropractic vet will do a neurologic exam on the poor, unsuspecting wiener dog and videotape it. Then the vet will crack the poor dog’s back. Then he’ll do another neurological exam and videotape it.

Does anyone see a problem with this? No controls, no randomization, no nothing. That’s a start.

What I want to know is: What did those poor Dachshunds do to deserve this kind of treatment?