HOW CAN MY DOG BENEFIT FROM CHIROPRACTIC CARE?
Chiropractic care offers a natural, drug-free adjunct to your dog's total health care. In conjunction with regular veterinary care, chiropractic care can decrease pain, and add quality to your dog's performance, movement, and well being. Chiropractic care addresses problems stemming from imbalances in the following three systems:
THE SKELETAL SYSTEM AND JOINTS OF THE BODY: Bones and joints form a flexible structure and capable of pain free movement when in normal health and alignment.
THE MUSCULAR SYSTEM: Healthy muscles allow the joints to move freely. Healthy muscles are free of spasm, weakness, pain, knots, or degeneration.
THE NERVOUS SYSTEM: Nerves "direct" the functions of the body controlling the flow of communication between the brain and all areas of the body. When nerves are pinched, reduced performance levels and pain may result. This can eventually lead to a state of poor health.
- What kinds of problems respond to chiropractic treatment?
- How many adjustments will be needed?
- Will it hurt my dog?
Chiropractic care is extremely helpful for animals having problems involving the joints, muscles and nerves. This is because chiropractic addresses the mechanical causes of disease where the nerves are pinched by a stuck or rotated joint or by a tight muscle. This is called " A SUBLUXATION OR MISALIGNMENT".
Two adjustments are usually performed initially. The dog is then monitored for changes to see if there is any measurable improvement. If none is present, your veterinarian is called in to perform further diagnostic work. If your dog has noticeably improved, a future adjustment schedule is determined based on the type and severity of your dog's condition. This range is usually 4 to 6 weeks between adjustments unless the condition is chronic or severe and requires more frequent visits.
Chiropractors treat subluxations by gently adjusting the misaligned area into alignment. In most cases this restores proper skeletal movement, muscle and nerve function. My adjustments are LOW FORCE and GENTLE, the equivalent of an adjustment for a human infant. Most dogs noticeably enjoy their adjustment.
Some conditions which may respond to Chiropractic treatments:
- Back, neck, leg, or tail pain.
- Injuries resulting from slips, falls or accidents.
- Performance or movement problems.
- Sudden changes in behavior or personality such as crabbiness, lethargy, just not him - or herself.
- Holding tail down or off to one side.
- Pain syndromes.
- Change in posture such as: hanging the head, or sitting off to one side.
- Uneven muscle development.
- Jaw or TMJ problems, difficulty chewing.
- Weight loss due to pain.
- Head tilt.
- Carpal tunnel syndrome.
- Uneven pelvis or hips.
- A look of apprehension or pain in the facial expression.
- Neck pain from sudden collar or choke chain pulls.
- Disc problems.
- Jumping problems or injuries.
- Shortening of a stride.
- Degenerative arthritis.
- Sciatic neuralgia.
- Sports injuries.
- Roaching topline.
- Sensitivity to touch.
- Pain associated with hip dysplasia.
- Rear end weakness.
- Difficulty going up or down stairs.
- Wobblers syndrome.
- General preventive and maintenance care.
- Some lameness syndromes.
Special thanks to our friend Dr. Julie A. Kaufman D.C. at Animal Chiropractic And Holistic Health Forum for permission to reprint this article
Message from Dr. Kaufman D.C
I am licensed as a chiropractor, D.C., not as a veterinarian, D.V.M. And I am certified in animal chiropractic through the American Veterinary Chiropractic Association. In Wisconsin, animal chiropractic may only be performed with a veterinary referral, and only if that veterinarian has performed an examination to determine the best course of treatment for your dog. It is recommended that you contact the Am. Veterinary Chiropractic Association (AVCA) 309-658-2920 or your state chiropractic and veterinary boards to determine exact laws in your state.
Please contact your vet to determine the need for diagnostic work and the appropriateness of a referral if you suspect that chiropractic care may be beneficial for your dog. The AVCA has a list of all certified animal chiropractors in the world. (See phone # above)
If your veterinarian has determined that chiropractic care may be helpful for your animal's condition, and you wish to schedule an appointment in Wisconsin, you may call one of the following clinics: You must have a veterinary referral to make an appointment. If you do not currently have a vet, one of our vets can examine your animal to assess the appropriateness of chiropractic care for your animal's condition. Madison: 608-244-2555 Truesdell Animal Hospital Milwaukee: 414-228-7655 Silver Springs Animal Wellness Clinic