Veterinary Chiropractic Care

Animal Family Veterinary Care Center is pleased to announce a new service to our spectrum of care. Meredith Evans, DVM is now certified to provide veterinary Chiropractic care through the International Veterinary Chiropractic Association (IVCA).

What is Veterinary Chiropractic?

Meredith Evans

Veterinary Chiropractic involves of manipulation of the spine and joints with the hope of relieving pain and improving 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 short lever, high velocity thrust of the hand to specific areas of the spine or joint. 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. An animal chiropractor will obtain a thorough history, and then examine your pet’s stance, gait 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 Veterinary Chiropractic Care?

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At Animal family, chiropractic care is available by appointment for dogs and cats. It is used to treat lameness and age associated changes such as difficulty getting up or down, decreased range of motion, decreased athletic performance and to improve quality of life as a whole. It can be and is used as an adjunct to traditional medicine. All patients can benefit from chiropractic care because there may be early spinal/neurological dysfunction before any symptoms are even noticed by an owner.

Will Chiropractic Care benefit My Pet?

Chiropractic can help increase an animal’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 an overall higher quality of life. Improved neurological function may also lead to improved function of other organs and systems.

Is Chiropractic Safe?

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Always make certain that your pet is treated by a doctor certified to work on animals. Each animal should first be examined for other diseases and physical problems prior to any chiropractic adjustment. Some minor discomfort may occur after an adjustment but normally resolves quickly. However, 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 involves a series of visits that are aimed at alleviating problems by targeted adjustments over time. The amount of time involved would vary depending on the severity of dysfunction diagnosed. Some cases will respond more quickly than others. The more chronic the issue is, the longer it will take to respond. The key word in veterinary chiropractic is maintenance. Our goal is not just to help your pet become symptom free but to keep them that way. A follow up visit is usually scheduled two to three weeks after the initial exam. Any further visits are based on the response of the individual animal. Generally, chiropractic is a cost effective method of reducing pain and improving quality of life in animals.