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Can chiropractic help dogs?

Barrie & Jenny with their "chiropractic care" dogs!!

Barrie & Jenny with their “chiropractic care” dogs!!

First of all, I recommend all dogs should have a thorough veterinary examination, to ruleout any other health conditions (in dog health), before any chiropractic work is done.

I have witnessed many positive changes chiropractically with numerous dogs I have treated over my 25 years of practice.

The ones that really notice the improvements are the owners, who make typical  comments like “our dog now seems to be able to enjoy walks, movement  and play.  Whereas before they looked uncomfortable, quiet, appearing stiff, lazy and almost always getting fatter!”

I previously lived in a big farming community, and was the only chiropractor in my district for the first 10 years of practice.  My human patients would present me with animals, including farm working dogs to treat chiropractic-ally.  To my initial surprise I was able to achieve some remarkable changes with these dogs, just by using the same principles as used in my human chiropractic work.

My clientele widened to breeders, show dogs and regular “pooches.”  

Hip dysplasia (shallow hip sockets) is a very common condition with certain dog breeds, but there were many dogs who seemed to have “movement “ problems that were not the result of diagnosed dysplasia.  The chiropractic methodology I utilised seemed to have a powerful effect in enhancing, plus easing movement problems.  There were also dogs that had some diagnosed hip dysplasia (varying degrees), that were still helped to function with the application of chiropractic work, despite the expectation for relentless deteriation.

These chiropractic methods are certainly not for curing conditions like hip dysplasia, but instead maximizing biomechanical function throughout the animal .

My objective is to aid reasonable quality of life, by maximizing mechanical function thereby slowing expected decline.  This makes owners happier, as nobody wants to see their  “family members “ suffering.

With increased overall function for the animal, many owners are delighted to be able to put off having their pet or working dog put to sleep.

With dogs, the other end of the spine, the neck or cervical region of the spine, is quite vulnerable to injury via play/jumping traumas that can effect overall locomotion movement.

In my experience, if a human has a stiff and sore neck, they cannot run properly or are unmotivated to run!!  Dogs are the same even though they cannot tell you!

Since I have had significant results with animals, I began adapting certain chiropractic instruments to apply chiropractic treatment to animals, particularly dogs.

My chiropractic practice is predominantly human orientated so any work on dogs has to be done at  special times.

Like human treatment, I do not accept all animal cases.

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