What is veterinary chiropractic?

Veterinary chiropractic is concerned with the maintenance of a healthy, functioning musculoskeletal system, with a particular focus on the spine. Veterinary chiropractic is useful in detecting spinal problems, and alleviating pain without the use of surgery or medication. It is a holistic approach to alleviating neck and back pain focused on the diagnosis and treatment of neuromuscular disorders, with an emphasis on treatment through manual adjustment of the spine and extremities

Veterinary chiropractic can be used to treat the following conditions:
  • Chronic musculoskeletal problems
  • Tension
  • Stiffness

It can also be used to enhance performance ability and maintain fitness in horses, and as a complementary treatment for lameness.

How does it work?

Realignment of the spine and restore mobility to the joints in dogs and cats. It is done manually by placing the hands on the affected vertebrae. Because the vertebral joints are quite flexible, they are handled with minimal force, and the treatment does not cause pain or discomfort for the animal.

What can I expect following an adjustment?
  • Sometimes there is a 24-48 hour period of tiredness.
  • Do not work the dog or allow rough play with other dogs for two days, however walking the dog is recommended.
  • Some animals require a few sessions to resolve acute pain. Often, with chronic health problems, the doctor will want to see your animal several times to maintain and re-establish normal function of the joints and nervous system.