Chiropractic Therapy for Dogs and Cats

Chiropractic Therapy: Dogs or cats in pain will often withdraw (hide), be reluctant to do tasks they normally enjoy (eat, greet you at the door), become irritable or show changes in gait. The following list of symptoms suggest your dog or cat may need to see a veterinary chiropractor:
  • Change in behaviour (nervous, aggressive, withdrawn)
  • “Puppy” sitting, or not sitting squarely
  • Asymmetrical posture, or low neck carriage
  • Poor hair coat, change in coat along the length of the animal
  • Unable to do normal manoeuvres like jumping on the couch or into the car
  • Refusing or hesitating to perform jumps, weave poles, etc.
  • Sensitivity to touch
  • Decreased performance in racing, coursing, agility, fly ball, herding, obedience, etc.
  • Urinary problems (incontinence, infections)
  • Gait abnormalities (short stride length, limping)
  • Hip dysplasia
  • Rear end weakness
  • Lick granulomas
  • Chronic anal gland problems
  • Chronic ear infections
  • In cats, lack of grooming, accumulating poop around their back end, matts.

Subluxations can also affect flexibility and or muscle coordination. The following is a list of conditions that may indicate a lack of flexibility and or muscle coordination:

  • Stiffness
  • Lack of coordination
  • “Lameness” that seems to move from limb to limb
  • Muscle atrophy or shrinkage
  • Shortened stride
  • Decreased extension in one or more limbs
  • un-coordinated weaving
  • Stumbling on  teeter totter or dog walk
  • Partial weakness or paralysis
  • Overall sense that the animal is getting old or not as playful

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