When does my Dog or Cat need Care

The following is a general but by no means complete list of symptoms that may indicate your pet could benefit from a chiropractic assessment and care:

  • Pain, stiffness or not seen before sensitivity to touch; this may be demonstrated by wanting to evade your touch by dipping the head, hollowing back or moving away
  • Yelping due to pain in the neck or back when moving
  • Discomfort when putting on collar or harness
  • Abnormal asymmetrical posture when standing ( i.e. roached back)
  • Noted change in the ability to use stairs, jumping on or off furniture, jumping into and out of car
  • Poor or changed performance in dogs used for sport ( i.e. refusing jumps, not jumping for frisbees, weave pole problems etc.
  • Faulty or abnormal gaits such as crabbing, pacing, shortened stride, head bobbing, overreaching
  • Head tilt with abnormal balance, lack of coordination
  • Lameness issues that are related to altered joint biomechanics or injuries such as strains and sprains
  • Sitting with back legs out to one side
  • Tucking tail
  • Muscle tension, weakness, atrophy (loss of muscle mass) or asymmetry
  • Hind - end weakness, splaying of hind legs
  • Splaying of front legs
  • Change in general behaviour - worried look in the eyes, fear biting, panting, pacing unusual whining/crying

It needs to be stressed that Animal Chiropractic Care is not intended to replace conventional veterinary medicine.  Rather it is a valid, concurrent complimentary method of holistic hands-on care that has been shown to be effective in many neuromusculoskeletal type of cases.  Although a referral is not required, it is important that your regular attending veterinarian is kept informed and, in some cases, examines an animal prior to commencing chiropractic care to rule out any serious underlying health issues.