What is Veterinary Chiropractic?

Veterinary Chiropractic involves the manipulation of the spine and joints with the hope of relieving pain and improving the function of the nervous system.  An underlying belief in chiropractic medicine is that if a joint is not moving properly, the body cannot maintain normal health.  This is accomplished through the use of a short lever, the high-velocity thrust of the hand to specific areas of the spine or joint.  An animal chiropractor will obtain a thorough history, and then examine your pet’s stance, gait analysis, and neurologic health prior to any adjustment.  Veterinary chiropractic is considered a subspecialty of veterinary medicine.  It is practiced by both veterinarians and human chiropractic practitioners after receiving training and certification.

What Animals would benefit from Chiropractic Care?

Chiropractic care is used to treat horses, dogs, and cats.  It is used to treat lameness and age-associated changes such as difficulty getting up or down, to improve range of motion, to improve athletic performance, and to improve quality of life as a whole.  It can be and is used as an adjunct to traditional medicine.  Chiropractic does not replace a joint that is out of place. Instead, it is used to adjust a joint that has decreased normal range of motion.

Will Chiropractic Care benefit My Pet?

Chiropractic can help increase your pet’s range of motion, help alleviate back and joint pain, optimize neurologic function, and help reduce the need for long term drug treatments.  Improved function and decreased pain will all help to provide your pet with overall higher quality of life.

Is Chiropractic Safe?

Always make certain that your pet is treated by a doctor certified to work on animals.  Some minor discomfort can occur after an adjustment but normally resolves quickly.  An incorrect or overly forceful adjustment could cause damage.   That is why it is so important to use a practitioner who understands the unique anatomical make up of animals.

Is Chiropractic Expensive?

Chiropractic treatment can involve a series of visits that are aimed at alleviating problems by a series of adjustments over time.  The amount of time involved would vary depending on the severity of the dysfunction diagnosed.  Generally, chiropractic is a cost-effective method of reducing pain and improving the quality of life in animals.

Dr Meredith  Evans will now be offering Chiropractic care for your pet at Animal Family Veterinary Care Center.  Call 563-391-9522 to set up an appointment.