General Wellness Care for your Dog

Dogs are our most faithful companions and they live life to the full – which naturally means they, like us, can suffer from too much, too little or inappropriate activity and accidents. Animal Chiropractic is a field of animal health care with its foundational philosophy based on the intimate relationship between the biomechanics of the spinal column and the nervous system. The nervous system is in control of everything and therefore anything which compromises this could have a knock-on effect on their performance. Whether your dog is a young pup, an agility dog, a running companion or an old friend, we will do what we can to help improve and maintain their vitality.

“Dogs are not our whole life, but they make our lives whole” Roger A. Carras

What to Expect from a Chiropractic Consultation

  • We will start with a detailed case history of your dog including a full previous history, where possible.  Then we will perform a thorough evaluation, including examination of your dog, prior to discussing a management plan and then beginning treatment.  This will include:
    • Static Assessment (standing/at rest)
    • Dynamic Assessment (in all paces, ideally)
    • Chiropractic Examination and treatment
    • Rehabilitative Assessment (what exercises you can do in between sessions)
  • Treatment – this may include specific chiropractic ‘adjustments’, which may appear similar to those used on humans.  When we find an area with decreased or restricted motion, we apply a high force, low amplitude thrust, specific to the anatomy of the joint in question, aimed at restoring normal movement and function.  These adjustments are usually enjoyable for the dog and they experience little or no pain. We may also undertake soft tissue techniques and advice on home-care including exercises, ice or heat and/or stretches.

In some circumstances, we may not recommend immediate chiropractic treatment for your dog and may refer you back to your veterinarian for first.

General Wellbeing

Animal Chiropractic is a field of animal health care which focuses on the maintenance of the musculoskeletal and nervous system.  The nervous system is in control of everything and therefore anything which affects this may have a knock-on effect on something, such as muscle strength.  For example, if the movement of vertebrae become dysfunctional, this could interfere with nerve function leading to changes in mobility which could lead to stiffness and tension and pain.

Chiropractic care for your beloved four-legged friend will include a treatment package which will usually also include advice on exercise and nutrition, where appropriate.

Performance And Endurance

Every day is a work day for most dogs, in fact, given the chance,  some don’t want to stop! Each individual dog’s top performance, whether that be a routine run through the woods over uneven ground, chasing a favourite toy or an agility competition, is the result of ability combined with correct nutrition, prior training, fitness and the dog’s ability to resist outside forces (trip, stumble, fall, collision). This is where chiropractic could make a difference; slight inefficiencies in spinal biomechanics may affect overall movement, muscle power and the fine-tuning of joints.

Post-Injury And Recovery

For all our canine patients, whatever the complaint or issue, we start with obtaining your veterinarian’s consent and then taking a thorough and detailed case history from you, the owner, including details of any previous investigative imaging (such as x-rays) and previous diagnoses and therapies, if applicable.

Once we have a musculoskeletal diagnosis after this full analysis and examination has been carried out, we can determine what chiropractic ‘adjustments’ and treatment (as this may include rehabilitative exercises, soft tissue work or laser treatment) your dog may benefit from.  After a recent or long-standing injury, he or she may well have used various compensatory movements to offload a limb, avoid the pain and this examination will, therefore, be of their entire structure, including all four limbs.

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If your pooch has a problem then we would love to discuss it with you and help restore their zest for energetic walks & tennis balls!

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