As chiropractic care is becoming more common among Americans, it’s only natural that we would want to share this safe, effective method of pain control with our best friends and companions. After all, pets can suffer from neck and back pain just like we do, and some dog breeds are more prone to chronic pain than humans because of the way their bodies have been designed. Dachshunds and basset hounds in particular frequently suffer from chronic back pain because of their long backs, a trait bred into them for appearances sake.
Is Veterinary Chiropractic For Real?
According to sources, eight out of 10 dogs who receive chiropractic therapy appear to feel at least some type of relief. While canine chiropractic care often seems strange at first, most owners who turn to this treatment find that the results are overwhelmingly positive.
Since our furry friends can’t tell us when they’re hurting, we have to sometimes play detective to uncover what’s wrong with them. Here are a few signs that your dog may benefit from a trip to the chiropractor’s office:
- Yelping after sudden movements
- Weakness in the front legs
- Hunched back
- Muscle spasms
- Yelping when picked up around the chest
- Hip pain
- Gradual or sudden inability to jump up
- Trouble sitting or standing
Chiropractic care benefits dogs in the same way that it helps humans- by helping the joints and muscles to move around more freely. This is especially useful for elderly dogs that may not be able to move around as often as they once did.
Will it Hurt my Dog?
If you’ve never received an adjustment from a chiropractor you may feel a little anxious about sending your pooch in for a tune up. Rest assured that a chiropractic manipulation is a safe, painless procedure. Most animal vets will use an alignment tool which produces quick pulses to tap the vertebrae back into place. This gentle procedure is the same one that’s frequently used on infants, so there is no reason to fear for your dog. In fact, most dogs learn to enjoy being adjusted in the same way that people do. If you’ve never received a spinal adjustment of your own, you might want to make an appointment with a chiropractor who specializes on humans so you’ll be able to understand and appreciate the care your dog is receiving.
The Final Word
Both you and your dog can benefit from quality chiropractic care. A strong and healthy spine is a great gift to yourself and your pet. If you’re having trouble finding a doctor who specializes in canine therapy, talk to your chiropractic team. They may be able to offer a referral to a pet chiropractor or a veterinarian who can help you find the right doctor for your canine companion.
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