Chiropractic Care For Your Pet
Animal chiropractic care focuses on the relationship of the spine and nervous system to the overall proper functioning and well being of an animal. A healthy nervous system helps restore and maintain good general health, and this targeted therapy can help benefit your pet’s health and fitness for years to come.
What is Veterinary Chiropractic Care?
Veterinary chiropractic focuses on the preservation and health of the neuro-musculo-skeletal system. All animals have spines subject to stresses that cause the vertebra (spinal bones) to lose proper motion. If the movement and biomechanics of the vertebra become dysfunctional, they can interfere with the performance of the nerves. The basic premise of chiropractic care is to correct the vertebral motion and decrease pain, increase function and maintain adequate nerve supply that is vital to the proper functioning of the entire body.
When Should my Pet Receive a Chiropractic Exam?
An animal can receive a chiropractic exam at any time. Even apparently healthy animals can benefit from regular chiropractic adjustments.
Clues that your pet may require care include (but are not limited to):
Inability or reluctance to jump or climb
Irritability - especially when touched in certain areas
Limping or stiffness after exercise or after resting for a while
Trouble with the stairs
Hesitation to go for walks, slower on walks
How Long Does an Adjustment Take?
New patient exams can be expected to take 45 minutes. Follow-up adjustments take on average about 20 minutes.
Each patient needs a full physical examination before the chiropractic examination can be conducted. This is done to identify any concurrent problems that may need to be addressed before chiropractic treatment can be delivered. In some cases, this examination will be done at the time of the first chiropractic appointment, while in other cases, you may be invited to bring your pet in for an examination with another one of our veterinarians before the chiropractic evaluation is scheduled. Our reception team will work with you to find the most efficient way to get your pet the care they need.
What are the Benefits of Chiropractic Care?
The most common benefits for pets who receive chiropractic care are:
Increase in mobility
Decrease in pain
Boosts the body to heal itself
Improves the neurological and musculoskeletal systems of the body
Improves physical performance
While our chiropractic care does not replace traditional health care for your pet, when both are used, we can greatly improve the outcome of your pet's health and wellness.