What Is Animal Chiropractic?
My priority as an Animal Chiropractor is to thoroughly examine your pet through palpation of his/her muscles, ligaments, joints and bones. Specifically, I am looking for abnormal or restricted movement of the joints of the spine and extremities which can unfortunately have a negative effect on the nervous system and thus the entire body. In such a situation, called a “subluxation”, many different health problems can arise.
My goal is to restore proper movement of the affected joint so the nervous system and body can function at its maximum healthy potential. The body, whether human or animal knows how to heal itself. Through specific, safe, and gentle Chiropractic adjustments to align the spine and remove the interference to the nervous system, healing can then take place at its most optimum level and improve the quality of your pet’s life.
Does Animal Chiropractic Care Replace Veterinary Care?
Absolutely not!! Chiropractic is an adjunct treatment that should be used alongside regular veterinary care. I work side by side, keep them well informed and complement your veterinarian.
What Pets Do You Typically See?
Animal Chiropractors are trained in treating dogs, cats and horses. That being said, any animal with a spine can benefit from chiropractic care. This may include cattle or more exotic pets including rabbits, ferrets, hamsters, rats and guinea pigs.
How Does This Happen To My Pet?
Subluxations, as I described above, can occur due to a combination of physical, emotional and chemical stress overwhelming your pet’s nervous system. For example physical stress can be anything from an actual fall or accident, repetitive motions in agility or athletic dogs, to wrestling with a friend or owner in the park. The process of aging itself can lead to degenerative and arthritic changes too. Emotional and chemical stress is more complex but may include changes in the home or owner’s situation, family or other pet loss and even poor choices in food.
What Will An Adjustment Feel Like To My Pet?
Chiropractic Adjustments for your pet do not hurt, in fact they are relatively painless (sometimes during an adjustment your pet can experience discomfort for a brief moment). The majority of pets enjoy being adjusted and hold their adjustments for a long time. They instinctively know that I am trying to help them and often help me into the adjustment position. They tend to respond quickly as well.
How Long Will It Take To Resolve My Pet’s Complaint?
Every pet is different and certain important factors go into play in determining how quickly they will respond. These include their age, type of injury and chronicity of their injury. A general rule is that if your pet has had a condition for a shorter time, he/she will respond quicker. I expect to see changes within a few adjustments.
What Is A Typical Visit?
A typical new patient visit is approximately 30 minutes and includes a detailed history of your pet’s life including any illnesses or injuries. As well, I will review any clinical X-rays or notes from your veterinarian. A complete physical examination including inspection of your pet’s movement, walking and/or running as well as static and motion palpation (feeling for the position and how well the spinal and extremity joints are moving) will be done. Depending on the issue, certain neurological tests may be done as well. A typical treatment session is 15 minutes during which I will discuss your pet’s current condition, palpate and adjust all areas necessary to re-align your pet’s spine and relieve nervous system interference.
Who Can Practice Animal Chiropractic?
To become a certified animal chiropractor you must be a licensed chiropractor or a licensed veterinarian who has taken the course(s) required by The College of Chiropractors of Ontario and the College of Veterinarians of Ontario and approved by the American Veterinary Chiropractic Association.