Chiropractic Care For Pets
Chiropractic care for dogs and cats involves spinal manipulation to move misplaced vertebrae in the spine back into their normal position to release pressure on the surrounding nerve tissue. This, in turn, relieves pain and enables the body to naturally heal itself.
Chiropractic is most commonly administered as a supplementary treatment for animals suffering from spinal problems or musculoskeletal conditions. Injuries and disorders like these can cause your pet’s health to deteriorate quickly, and can severely affect movement, posture, and flexibility, and even impact other muscles and joints in the body.
What does pet chiropractic care treat?
Pet chiropractors can help treat a number of conditions, including:
- Chronic musculoskeletal problems
- Acute tension or stiffness
- Separation anxiety
- Muscle spasms and nerve problems
- Diagnosed pathologies such as hip dysplasia and CCL rupture
- Skin problems such as lick granulomas
Chiropractic care can also be used to enhance performance, prevent illness and maintain fitness, as well as treat animals suffering from injuries or lameness.
When should you consider chiropractic care for your pet
It can be tricky to tell whether your pet is a candidate for chiropractic care, but being aware of the signs of joint and spinal issues can help. Some symptoms to look for include limping, stiffness, and a decreased interest in movement or usual activity.
If you see these signs, the first step is to see your veterinarian to rule out any other causes and to determine if the decreased mobility or change in routine is due to pain.
Will chiropractic care hurt my pet?
The small joint adjustments are meant to relieve, rather than cause, pain, and most pets show no resistance to chiropractic treatment. However, if your pet is particularly painful or receiving her first treatment, there may be some hesitation. Usually, this fades as your pet returns for repeat treatments and begins to feel better.
How often will we need an animal chiropractor?
It is generally recommended that pets should be given chiropractic care at least 2-3 times per year as a preventive treatment option. Pets that are getting older or ones that perform physical activities regularly should be seen more frequently. Talk to your veterinarian to discuss your pet's unique needs.
Note: The advice provided in this post is intended for informational purposes and does not constitute medical advice regarding pets. For an accurate diagnosis of your pet's condition, please make an appointment with your vet.