Chiropractic for Dogs (and other small animals)

puppyChiropractic problems are common in dogs. They can result from injuries relating to running and jumping, repetitive types of activities, long periods of cage rest, being under anaesthesia, birth trauma, slips or falls, and of course the general wear and tear of life.

Pet owners may not always be aware of the stresses that affect their pets and cause chiropractic problems.

Here is a list of some of the ways in which subluxations can present in your pet:

  • Uncharacteristic biting or warning growls
  • Sensitivity to touch
  • Lameness and limping
  • Sitting or lying with legs to one side
  • Muscle atrophy or shrinking/wasting
  • Weakness
  • Abnormal gait: includes short-striding, overreaching, side-winding, crabbing, bunny-hopping, pacing, stumbling, splaying of hind legs and head-bobbing.
  • Reluctance to move or walk
  • General stiffness
  • Roached topline or back looking “humped”
  • Keeping head low or tucking tail under
  • Reluctance to get up/lie down, jump up/down or use stairs
  • Difficulty squatting or lifting leg to urinate
  • Constant scratching or licking of certain area of body (can present as lick granuloma)
  • Reluctance to wear collars and harnesses
  • Decreased or changed performance in athlete
  • Newborn puppy having trouble moving around
  • Just seems “off”

Dogs with the following known conditions may also benefit from chiropractic:

  • Arthritis
  • Seizures
  • Post-operative soreness
  • Injuries due to slips, falls and car accidents
  • Jaw problems
  • Soreness/stiffness after sports performance
  • Muscle asymmetry
  • Nerve problems
  • Chronic medical issues that aren’t responding as expected