Reasons Your Dog Will Benefit from a Dog Chiropractor
Written by Editor   
Tuesday, July 08, 2014 09:34 AM

This news brief gives you the symptoms of vertebral subluxation complex (VSC) in dogs and explains some of the chiropractic treatments for your dog that may help reduce your dog’s pain including your dog’s back, neck, joints, muscles and arthritis.  Some symptoms to watch for and reasons for animal chiropractic that are noted by the article include:

  • Motion – your dog will be reluctant to move, have a decreased range of motion and be stiff when he bends, especially first thing in the morning
  • Stairs -  your dog will have trouble climbing stairs
  • Pain – your dog will show signs of pain when he walks, runs or climbs stairs 
  • Performance – your dog will have an abnormal gait and a shortened stride
  • Posture – your dog may not stand or sit in his normal position and be tilted slightly
  • Behavior – your dog starts to act different and he may pant, pace, yelp or move his head and tail strangely
  • Sensitivity – your dog may be sensitive to your touch or when you try to put on his collar for a walk
  • Expression – your dog may have a facial expression that looks like he’s scared and he may even have excessive barking, yowling or screaming if he’s in severe pain
  • Lameness – your dog may start to walk with a limp or drag his back legs
  • Atrophy – your dog’s muscles may lose their strength and look loose because lost muscle tone
  • Alignment – Dog chiropractors can correct the alignment of your dog’s body parts due to damage from normal wear and tear or from an injury or disease.
  • Pain reduction – Dog chiropractors can help reduce your dog’s pain and increase your dog’s range of motion.
  • Examination – Dog chiropractors can locate your dog’s specific health problems like locked spinal joints or pinched nerves.
  • Joint Health – Dog chiropractors can prevent and treat your dog’s joint degeneration with proper vertebral alignment, keep your dog’s hips and knees in alignment if your dog has floating kneecaps and help your dog with hip dysplasia.
  • Neurological Functions – Dog chiropractors can help your dog with urinary incontinence and improve bladder tone and function.
  • Injuries – Dog chiropractors can help realign your dog’s spine from an injury or if your dog has been jerked around during surgery under general anesthesia.  
  • Miscellaneous – Other injuries that respond well to chiropractic care include:  tail, neck and back, jaw and TMJ, muscle spasms, trouble with chewing and swallowing and chronic constipation.

Chiropractic care does not replace traditional veterinary care but it does provide an alternative method to help treat your dog for many illnesses and injuries which can affect your dog’s spine, nerves, joints and muscles. Ask your vet to refer you to a certified animal chiropractor in your area or search for one at the American Veterinary Chiropractor Association or the College of Animal Chiropractic.

In Texas all treatment of animals is covered by the Texas Board of Veterinary Medicine.  The Texas Board of Chiropractic Examiners does not regulate animal chiropractic and it is not within their legislative scope to do so.