What is animal chiropractic care?
In recent years demand for spinal manipulation for animals has begun to grow in Western culture now that pet owners and their vets are beginning to see the positive effects of this practice when treating conditions such as joint diseases, neurological diseases, nervous system issues, and chronic pain.
Veterinarians who practice chiropractic care must be trained in animal anatomy and chiropractic theories, and they must hold specific certifications.
At Northwest Veterinary Clinic of Mount Vernon, we are proud to offer veterinary chiropractic services for dogs. If you have questions about veterinary chiropractic treatment contact us, we're always happy to address any questions or concerns you may have.
Why use a veterinary chiropractor?
Spinal issues and musculoskeletal disorders can cause your pet's health to deteriorate rapidly. These conditions can severely impact other joints and muscles, along with movement, posture, and flexibility.
Ask your Mount Vernon vet whether your dog could benefit from chiropractic sessions if your pet is displaying these signs or symptoms:
- Pained facial expression
- Change in gait, limping, or short stride
- Reluctance to be touched or picked up
- Change in posture, weight shifting, or inability to bear weight
What happens during an animal chiropractic appointment?
Chiropractic care is most commonly administered as an additional treatment option for animals experiencing spinal problems or biomechanical-related musculoskeletal disorders.
During a veterinary chiropractic treatment session, your dog will generally undergo spinal manipulation or manual therapy to shift misplaced vertebrae in the spine (also referred to as vertebral subluxations) back to their natural positions to release pressure on surrounding nerve tissue.
These manipulations may help to relieve pain throughout your dog's body and allow it to heal itself naturally.