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Indications for Care

Joint dysfunction can be caused in dogs by various factors. Nowadays, many dogs are not engaged in the activities they were bred for, leading to long periods of inactivity followed by sudden bursts of intense exercise. Ill-fitting collars or inappropriate handling techniques may also contribute to dog joint problems. Even sports like agility and the fly ball can cause microtrauma or injuries due to knocks and falls, leading to issues in the musculoskeletal system.

The symptoms can be very varied and may include the following:


  • Unusual behaviour patterns

  • Sensitivity to touch

  • Evasions, e.g. extending the head and neck

  • Refusal or resistance to performance

  • Abnormal posture when standing

  • “Puppy” sitting (pelvis twisted to one side)

  • Lick granulomas


If you have noticed the above changes in your dog, speak to your vet about seeing a chiropractor.


What will the chiropractor do?

During the initial consultation, the chiropractor will ask the owner questions and perform an examination that includes an analysis of the dog's posture and gait. The chiropractor may discover asymmetries, such as unequal muscle size or tone between the left and right sides, abnormal for the dog. The chiropractor will also look for abnormal head or neck placement, foot placement, or any sign that the dog's posture is abnormal.


The chiropractor may assess the range of movement of the dog's spine to see if it is even on both sides, as well as feel the muscles around the spine to detect any muscle spasm, swelling, or the presence of any hot or cold spots that indicate an alteration in circulation. Additionally, the chiropractor will check for lameness, weakness, "hiking" of one hip, shortening of the stride, stumbling, incoordination, or bizarre or restricted movement.


To properly assess the animal, the chiropractor may require diagnostic information from the treating veterinarian, including imaging or reports. The owner should provide as full a medical history as possible. The veterinarian and chiropractor can determine if chiropractic care is appropriate for the animal.


Chiropractic treatment is not a replacement for traditional veterinary care. Before treatment begins, inform your veterinarian that you plan to use a chiropractor.


If the veterinarian believes that chiropractic care is not the best overall treatment for your animal, your chiropractor will respect that opinion and not proceed.

What does chiropractic treatment involve?

Chiropractic treatment will not harm your dog, and many animals enjoy it! The dog may become increasingly relaxed and tired as the treatment progresses.


Chiropractic adjustment consists of a short, fast thrust to a specific area, which releases muscle spasms, alleviates pain, and returns the joint to its normal range of motion. This allows the body to restore its natural balance and harmony.

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