What is a pet chiropractor?
A pet chiropractor is a practitioner who manipulates misaligned joints to bring them back to a healthy state. A pet chiropractor is a chiropractor that specializes in the treatment of pets.
In the U.S., a pet chiropractor has to earn an undergraduate degree, then either a degree as a human chiropractor or in veterinary medicine. After that, they have to get further educated and licensed as an animal chiropractor in their state. That’s ALOT of education.
Why would you take your pet to a chiropractor?
Have you ever been to a chiropractor for yourself? If you have, you know that they work on your back and joints to help you feel better. Not only does chiropractic help your skeletal system, but it also helps the nerves that are associated with it, as well as other health issues you may not even be aware of. After a session, hopefully you have less pain and can move more easily. I know I surely feel more energetic!
Pets have the same kinds of benefits. They can’t tell us they hurt in one area or are stiff in another, but they might be. You might even notice something off if you watch them closely.
What kinds of issues can a pet chiropractor help with?
The list is actually pretty long; some issues you might guess, while others are surprising. A partial list includes
– Relieving pain, especially along the spine or in extremities
– Correcting movement changes or lameness
– Realigning musculoskeletal issues
– Resolving neurologic conditions like numbness or weakness
– Assisting in recovery after an injury, accident or surgery
– Addressing behavior issues like loss of interest in playing, avoidance of petting or contact or constant licking
– Reducing the effects of allergies, digestive problems and stress
Hard to believe that so much is connected to just having your back cracked (my old belief about chiropractors).
I take my pets to a chiropractor
I never used to, but now I take my dogs and horses to a chiropractor on a semi-regular basis. Being at least 50 miles from a pet chiropractor makes it difficult to get there as regularly as I’d like, unfortunately.
My barrel horses move a whole lot better around that barrel pattern. I’ve had elderly, rescue dogs with severe back problems start acting like they have life in them again. And my dogs with hip dysplasia are having much less pain.
It isn’t terribly expensive and I can see the benefits that my pets get in the way they behave and in their moods. I would recommend it for any of your pets that might have pain or other issues. And even if they don’t. They’ll probably thank you for it!
Sometimes you can prevent injuries too. Read Preventing dog injuries for more.