Chiropractic care is a holistic form of medicine that can be used to treat a variety of symptoms. We use proven methods to alleviate interference of the skeletal system, so that the body can heal itself in a natural way.
What Conditions Can a Pet Chiropractor Help Treat?
Pet chiropractic can help treat a long list of disorders, injuries and ailments, and as the practice of veterinary chiropractic continues to evolve, this list will certainly grow. The following are some of the more common conditions dog chiropractors treat.
- Repetitive use injuries
- Neck and back injuries
- Hip dysplasia
- Osteoarthritis relief
- Urinary incontinence
- Forelimb lameness
- Post-surgery recovery
How Often Does My Animal Need An Adjustment?
Just as it is important to maintain vaccinations and worming schedules, it is important to make sure that the spine is kept in optimum condition. Some animals should have examinations and adjustments yearly, but most benefit from quarterly chiropractic treatments. Older animals may need to be seen more frequently.
How do you know if your animal needs chiropractic care?
Trauma such as slips, falls, forceful blows, drugs, abnormal forces at birth, and other stresses can cause the spine to become misaligned. Any signs of pain with your pet may indicate a necessity for chiropractic care as well. Chiropractic care can also be used as needed in lieu of a periodic plan.
Some of the signs are:
- Pain when you push on the animal’s back, especially near the spine
- Resistance to turning their head one direction
- Changes in behavior that cannot be explained
- Difficulties with jumping
- Not typically lame, but just plain off
- Neck and/or back pain
- Walking with a limp or dragging his back legs
- Hunched back
- Sitting or standing in an abnormal position and tilted to the side
- Unable to perform activities that were once normal
- After fractures have healed from an acute trauma
- Dogs that get whiplash from being chained up
How Soon Will You See Improvement?
When will your animal see relief after a chiropractic adjustment? It really depends on the nature of their condition, injury or ailment. After a single adjustment session it could take up to five days for your pet’s body to repair itself, and for some conditions that may be all that he needs. For others, relief could take anywhere from a few sessions to months of sessions.