Having your canine companion or other small animals assessed for spinal issues is important for ANY pet, be it your couch potato, weekend warrior, or competitive show dog. A body that is moving biomechanically sound, has minimal resistance, and may help prevent a variety of issues from luxating patellas, cruciate injuries, hip dysplasia all the way to intervertebral disc disease or even soft tissue sprains and strains. The goal of veterinary chiropractics is to prevent disease, but it is also a great complimentary treatment for those pets dealing with acute or chronic health concerns.
Proper spinal health for your pet is crucial as it provides the framework of support for the body, is the site of attachment for many muscles, protects the spinal cord, as well as protects internal organs. Any disturbances or subluxations in the spine can cause slight interference and impact your dog’s health and quality of life.
What are some signs or symptoms that owners can look for to know if their dog or other small animal needs a chiropractic adjustment?
Remember these signs can be from subtle to very obvious. Signs like (but not limited to):
- Reduced Performance or even Changes in Behaviour
- Lower head carriage, arching the back and/or abnormal stance
- Reluctance to move or jump or climb stairs
- Abnormal gaits and movement causing a slow gait or even uneven wear on a paw pad or nails
- Sensitive or painful when lifting or patting
- Stiff or shifting leg lameness
Often your pet will try to compensate for a vertebral subluxation and change their posture or way of moving. By changing the biomechanics of how they move they can be subjected to more serious injuries and ailments sometimes leading to chronic problems. Dr. Shacker works with you and your pet to diagnose and treat dysfunctions of the joints and tissues to prevent structural or pathological problems (like arthritis, tears in muscles and ligaments etc).
What to expect in an appointment: Appointments can take from 15 minutes to over an hour. The appointment starts with a conversation going over any important history and medications, as well as information on chiropractics, what makes veterinary chiropractics different and answering any questions you may have. At subsequent appointments we discuss how your pet responded to the adjustment and any new changes or concerns. Dr. Shacker then performs a static and dynamic evaluation of your dog, she will motion palpate the joints, find any VSC and perform an adjustment where deemed needed.