How Does Canine Chiropractic Work?
Canine chiropractic is a holistic, all natural approach to treating a number of joint, muscular and skeletal problems that are common in some dogs and certain breeds. The principles and practices behind veterinary chiropractic are nearly identical to those used with humans.
The most common way both human and animal Chiropractors treat subluxations (misalignment of the vertebrae) and other problems, is through chiropractic adjustment, which involves low force manual manipulation of the spinal column, joints or other affected areas. These adjustments help improve mobility and function and alleviate physical stress, strain and pain by removing the source of the symptom and letting the body heal itself.
If you and your vet have ruled out other options for relief and treatment, dog Chiropractic is a good alternative – all without the use of medication or surgery.
What Conditions Can a Dog Chiropractor Help Treat?
Dog 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.
- Hip dysplasia
- Osteoarthritis relief
- Urinary incontinence
- Forelimb lameness
- Post-surgery recovery
- Repetitive use injuries
- Neck and back injuries
What Are the Signs and Symptoms?
If you notice any of these signs in your pup, it could mean that he suffers from a condition that Chiropractic treatment could help. Of course, you should consult with your vet first and foremost if you’re concerned about any of your dog’s symptoms.
- Having trouble climbing stairs
- Inability to jump
- Walking with a limp or dragging his back legs
- Hunched back
- Weak front legs with no specific site of pain *
- Trouble standing or lying down
- Reluctance to move or decreased mobility *
- Sitting or standing in an abnormal position
- Abnormal gait and a shorter stride *
- Yelping when you pick him up
- Sensitivity to touch
What Can You Expect From a Dog Chiropractor?
Your dog will have an initial evaluation to gauge his overall health and healthcare needs. Before any hands-on care, your dog Chiropractor will need to consult with your veterinarian to get your pup’s referral for care. Your Chiropractor will then get the medical history and other information, including x-rays, surgeries or medications he’s currently taking or has taken in the past. It’s crucial for you to work hand-in-hand with your regular veterinarian and canine Chiropractor to ensure the safest course of treatment.
So, when will your pup see relief after a chiropractic adjustment? It really depends on the nature of his condition, injury or ailment. After a single adjustment session it could take up to five days for your dog’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.
How Can You Find a Certified Chiropractor for Canines?
Dr Nicolle Schultze is Internationally and American Veterinary Chiropractic Licensed and Insured to provide you the highest safest most effective Chiropractic care for your animals. Professional canine chiropractic has been recognized for about 25 years with the founding of the American Veterinary Chiropractic Association (AVCA) in 1989.