Small Animal Chiropractic
AVCA Certified in Animal Chiropractic
Why do animals need chiropractic care?
Chiropractic care is a holistic approach to many of the health and performance problems of the dog. Chiropractic does not replace traditional veterinary medicine and surgery, but provides an alternative method of care. Chiropractic adjustments have proven to be invaluable in detecting and treating gait abnormalities and other performance problems. It has also been shown to alleviate pain in the back and neck of the dog.
It should be stressed that chiropractic, in no way, should be thought of as a replacement for conventional veterinary medicine, but rather as a valid, concurrent treatment procedure for many back and lameness problems. As with any health related problems that your dog may experience, it is important that the veterinarian be contacted initially so that he or she can assess your dog for any underlying medical condition that could be causing similar symptoms.
How do I know if my dog needs Chiropractic care?
Many dogs suffer from similar musculoskeletal problems as humans. For example; arthritis , muscular, ligament and joint problems, hip dysplasia, difficulties with mobility, injury from accidents and repetitive strain injuries. Like humans, they can experience varying levels of pain and disability. These problems aren’t always obvious until later in life, despite the fact that the dog may have had an underlying problem for several years. In the case of competition dogs, their body has to adapt to the rigours and stress of training and competition.
Signs your dog may need chiropractic care
· Pain or discomfort; when grooming, yelping
· Change in behavior or attitude towards exercise; tiring more quickly
· Loss of performance
· Stiffness or difficulty moving
· Apparent low head carriage
· Gait Changes or abnormalities
· Secondary affects of primary limb problems
· Stumbling or poor coordination
· Changes in posture or conformation
· Difficulties jumping in and put of cars
· Shortness in stride or step
· Difficulties standing square
· Difficulties climbing or jumping.
· Difficulties getting up or getting comfortable
During this time a complete health history of your animal will be taken. This is followed by a thorough examination of the animals posture, gait, muscles, spine and limbs. It is essential to properly identify which tissues and structures are abnormally functioning, what needs to be treated and whether there are any under conditions which may require modifications to treatment.
Once your animal has been thoroughly assessed a functional analysis is made and a treatment can be initiated. You may also be given home exercise to assist in the rehabilitation and healing process.
Once the initial examination has been completed, the animal chiropractor will perform an adjustment on the area of the body affected so as to return the joints to normal motion and to alleviate any muscle spasms and pain. A chiropractic adjustment is a very specific high velocity, low-force, controlled thrust by a hand, which is directed, in a specific direction on a specific joint. Most adjustments are done by the chiropractor applying a gentle but controlled and specific force with her hands to the joint involved. There is NO yanking or jerking of limbs.Sedation is not required as it is not uncomfortable for the animal.
How many treatments will my dog need?
Several factors determine the number and frequency of adjustments required to correct a problem. The dog’s age and physical condition are important: young healthy dogs will generally require fewer adjustments then older dogs or those with serious health problems. The severity of the problem is another is another major factor: id the permanent damage has occurred, a return to full flexibility may not be possible and multiple adjustments may be necessary to achieve the most flexibility possible. The length of time the problem has been present is also a factor: longstanding, or chronic, problems frequently require more adjustments to correct than do acute problems .
Why an ACVA Doctor?
· AVCA is the primary national credential for this field in North America
· Certification was developed based upon input and oversight from both chiropractic and veterinary professions
· Over 1100 animal chiropractic professionals have been certified since 1989
· AVCA has embarked upon a program of continuous improvement for the certification program
· AVCA Certification establishes and promotes professional accountability and visibility
· AVCA Certification identifies those professionals who have met specific standards of knowledge and experience
· Certification encourages continued professional growth and development