Veterinarians and other animal care practitioners are increasingly recommending chiropractic treatment for dogs.
Senior pets, working dogs, and those involved in intense obedience or agility activities can benefit tremendously from the practice. But what exactly does chiropractic care for dogs involve, and does it compare in effectiveness with a dog arthritis supplement or an anti-inflammatory for dogs?
Animal chiropractors specialize in treating the neurological and musculoskeletal systems of vertebrate animals, by performing adjustments to their spine and other joints that relieve pain, restore balance, and improve performance.
Dog chiropractors can help treat a number of conditions, including:
Chiropractic care can also be used to enhance performance, prevent illness and maintain fitness, as well as treat animals suffering from arthritis, injuries or lameness.
Some things dog chiropractors do include consulting with the pet parent to get the full medical history. This might also require them to review x-rays or get the dog’s former healthcare records from your regular veterinarian.
Next, he or she will do a complete assessment by observing your pet, both at rest and in motion. This enables the practitioner to identify any physical adjustments needed, and the sources of pain or discomfort.
Just as with human chiropractic care, there are multiple different treatment methods that each has a specific name and addresses a particular part of the body. Light-touch methods are typically suitable for animals who are hypersensitive or suffering from chronic conditions. Some dog chiropractors use the activator, which is a hand-held, mechanical device with a spring-loaded plunger, while others prefer to manipulate animals with their hands. Many believe this enables them to feel what is happening in the area they are working on.
After treatment, the chiropractor will advise you on therapeutic exercises that can help keep your dog in good shape. They may also recommend routine follow-up visits as a part of an overall treatment plan.
Dogs of all ages can benefit from chiropractic care. In young dogs, it’s always useful to get a baseline assessment first to determine whether your pet has any physical issues that could affect it as it matures.
Here are some reasons why younger animals could need chiropractic attention:
For older pets, a chiropractic adjustment can help bring them back into balance and provide the dog pain relief from arthritis, general weakness, lack of coordination and organ dysfunction, which are all common in senior animals. Combined with natural joint care supplements like the MaxWell Pet Hip & Joint formula, this can make a world of difference to your pet’s wellness.
When you’re looking for a dog chiropractor, the best place to start is by asking your veterinarian for a referral. If they aren’t qualified themselves, they may be able to refer you to someone they trust who has had good results with pets they referred to them.
Most states permit two types of practitioners to operate in this field:
In all instances, practitioners should be certified by the American Veterinary Chiropractic Association (AVCA) or the International Veterinary Chiropractic Association (IVCA), which means they should have completed an association-approved course and passed both written and practical certification exams. Both the AVCA and IVCA accept only doctors of veterinary medicine (DVMs) and doctors of chiropractic (DCs) to this program.
There are several weekend and short courses available to both veterinarians and chiropractors, as well as other people, but it’s generally accepted that only a practitioner certified in animal chiropractic by either the AVCA or IVCA is fully qualified to do this work. The AVCA website has a state-by-state list of certified animal chiropractors in America.
Most dogs have an internal warning system that tells them when they’re about to see a veterinarian or—in some cases—a groomer. As with the veterinarian, visiting a dog chiropractor might make your dog anxious, and for a dog who is already in pain from a subluxation or arthritis, the last thing you want is an acrobatic performance to try and escape.
If you can arrange a home visit, that is the ideal scenario, but if that’s not possible then keep your pet as calm as possible. When necessary, you can administer a product like MaxWell Pet Calm & Happy, which have been scientifically tested and clinically proven to calm dogs showing nervousness, hyperactivity, discontentment, or those responding to environmental stress.
For more information on ways to treat your dog naturally, please contact me at 1-877-374-2723.