Doggy Chiropractic Care
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Does Your Dog Need Chiropractic Care?
Symptoms in a pet with subluxation can range from mild to severe. If there is pain, generally you’ll notice a change in your pet’s behavior.
A dog in pain will often pant more than normal. They might pace or yelp, sit or stand in an abnormal, awkward position, or show problems with their coordination. They might drag a foot, or move their head or tail strangely. Sometimes there is discomfort when a collar or harness is put on.
Dogs and cats may refuse to jump up on things or move in normal ways. Some pets will develop fear biting because of the pain. Many show sensitivity to being touched in certain places on their body.
And then there are the sort of normal signs of pain like excessive vocalizing – yelling, yowling, and even screaming.
All these signs are indications your pet is having a pain response.
How Chiropractic Care Helps Pets
Chiropractic care is an excellent way to prevent and treat joint degeneration in your pet. Proper vertebral alignment keeps the body from shifting into unhealthy positions to compensate for joint pain caused by injury or degeneration.
Regular manual orthopedic manipulation, especially with large and giant breed dogs, will help keep the musculoskeletal system from degenerating as the aging process occurs. It can also help keep your pet moving comfortably throughout her whole life.
Dogs with floating kneecaps can benefit greatly from chiropractic adjustments to keep the hips and knees in alignment and to help prevent the condition from progressing.
Dogs with hip dysplasia can avoid compensating injuries through chiropractic adjustments as well.
If your pet has been injured, a veterinary chiropractor can help realign the spine to avoid compensating injuries from occurring in addition to the underlying primary injury.
Veterinary Spinal Manipulation is also a great maintenance plan to proactively help reduce the risk of injury and joint degeneration. This is especially good for puppies and kittens because they are ‘loose’ – their joints are not yet completely formed. Their bones are still growing and they’re prone to movements in their joints.
Other conditions that often respond well to chiropractic care include:
- Neck and back pain
- Difficulty chewing or swallowing
- Tail injuries
- Sporting or working dog injuries
- Muscle spasms and nerve problems
- Bowel, bladder and other internal organ disorders
- Injuries from slips, falls, accidents
- Maintenance of joint and spine health
- Jaw or TMJ problems
- Post-surgical healing