Is your pet well-adjusted? What to know about pet chiropractic care

by Kira Garrett | December 27, 2013

Chiropractic work can be an all natural way to boost your pet’s health. It is the realignment of the nervous system to restore proper nerve connections and flow. Adjustments work to restore the root problem, not just alleviate surface symptoms like many medications do. Pet chiropractors work on a wide range of animals from dogs and cats to horses and elephants.

Speak with your holistic vet to see if chiropractic care is right for your pet. If the therapy could be beneficial, ask if there are any pet chiropractors in your area that your holistic vet can recommend. Make sure the chiropractor is certified to work on pets. The spine of an animal is very different from a human’s.

When joints in the nervous system are misaligned they can lose motion or lead to numerous health problems. Chiropractic care can be preventative as well, and can benefit your pet even if he is in good health. Creating whole health, from the inside out, should be the goal of every pet owner, and chiropractic care may help some pets find that through a holistic treatment.

Depending on the type of subluxation or injury your pet has, visits may be more or less frequent. Many issues can be alleviated through chiropractic care. Animals have shown more mobility, fewer seizures and better overall health after visiting a chiropractor. Dogs that frequently compete in agility courses or are very active may benefit from chiropractic care because of the extra stress the activity puts on the spine.

Upon your pet’s first visit, you can expect to go through a routine consultation. This includes an overview of the pet’s health history, stance and gait analysis, and possible neurological tests. Once the chiropractor locates the subluxation – misalignments is the nervous system – he can correct the alignment. Without the use of surgery or drugs, chiropractic care is a holistic approach to your pet’s total health. Chiropractic care, combined with a healthy, raw diet like Sojos and an active lifestyle can keep your pet healthy and happy overall. 

Keep in mind, as with any new practice, your pet may at first be uncomfortable in the chiropractor’s office. Make your pet's experience a good one by keeping him calm and rewarding him after his visit with some healthy treats or a new toy.