At Sunvet Animal Wellness Clinic, our animal chiropractor works to create holistic healing and proper spinal alignment for your furry friend, so that they can experience increased mobility and relief from pain.
Chiropractic care for dogs and cats involves spinal manipulation to shift misplaced vertebrae in the spine (also known as vertebral subluxations) back into their normal position to release pressure on the surrounding nerve tissue. Since the nervous system is essentially the body’s electrical wiring and the pathway through which pain is recognized, reestablishing its normal function relieves pain and enables the body to naturally heal itself.
Chiropractic can be combined with most conventional and alternative therapies. At Sunvet Animal Wellness Clinic, we offer chiropractic adjustments as part of our integrative treatment appointments and occasionally as solo treatments, depending on your dog’s or cat’s specific needs.
Benefits of Veterinary Chiropractic for Animals
Chiropractic care can also be used to enhance performance, prevent illness and maintain fitness, as well as treat dogs and cats suffering from injuries or lameness.
Some reasons clients seek out a veterinary chiropractor include issues such as:
- Chronic musculoskeletal problems
- Acute tension or stiffness
- Separation anxiety
- Muscle spasms and nerve problems
- Diagnosed pathologies such as hip dysplasia and CCL rupture
- Skin problems such as lick granulomas
We find that many older animals experience increased mobility and vitality, something like a return to ‘their old selves’ after the visit. Even young or athletic animals can benefit tremendously from periodic chiropractic treatments to maintain proper alignment.
What is a Chiropractic Treatment Like?
First, the animal’s spine is assessed for areas that are not moving in a normal, healthy way. Then pressure is applied with a small instrument called an activator to adjust and release the vertebrae. Dr. Laurel also uses manual manipulation to adjust the vertebrae in some cases.
As these areas are released, there can be significant pain reduction and an improvement in the way your furry friend moves.