Conservative Care For Your Best Friend

Carpet Corgi

Why should chiropractic care only benefit humans? If your pet isn’t displaying the same amount of energy that he used to, you may want to consider taking him to visit a chiropractor.

Chiropractic Care for Pets?

Chiropractic care is an excellent treatment for animals. It’s been around since the modern chiropractic principles were first discovered in the 19th century. As a matter of fact, B.J. Palmer, the son of chiropractic’s founder, D.D. Palmer ran a veterinary clinic as part of his chiropractic school and research facility.

Over time, chiropractors began to distance themselves from veterinary medicine, fearing that the public would assume that chiropractic treatments were only beneficial to animals. It’s only been recently that chiropractic care for animals has come back into fashion.

What Training Do Veterinary Chiropractors Have?

Any chiropractor who works on your pet should be certified with the American Veterinary Chiropractic Association (AVCA). AVCA is the primary national creditor for veterinary chiropractic in North America. To become certified a doctor must meet the following criteria:

  • He or she must be a licensed doctor of veterinary medicine or chiropractic
  • They must complete at least 210 hours of post graduate training through a program approved by the AVCA
  • He or she must pass AVCA/ACCC Certified Examinations
  • Certification requires that the doctor complete 30 hours of certification examination every three years to remain current.

As you can see, veterinary chiropractic involves a lot of time and training. Those doctors who specialize in veterinary chiropractic have a deep desire to provide loving care for all animals.

Does My Pet Need Chiropractic?

If your pet displays any of the following indications, you should consider making an appointment with a veterinary chiropractor:

  • Difficulty lying down or standing up
  • Lameness
  • Old age
  • Behavioral changes (can be the result of joint pain)
  • Seizures or neurological problems
  • Recovering from a serious illness or injury
  • Chronic health care problems
  • Horses who display signs of laminitis or navicular disease

What Can Chiropractic Do For Your Pet?

From back pain to behavioral problems, Veterinary chiropractic care can provide relief for a variety of ailments.

  • Muscle spasms
  • Nerve conditions
  • Pain in the legs and tail
  • Training injuries
  • After surgery
  • Jaw problems
  • Difficulty eating
  • Internal disorders
  • Bowel or bladder irregularities
  • As routine care

As you can see, chiropractic care is good for every member of the family. It doesn’t matter how young or old your pet is, he or she will almost certainly feel better after an adjustment. It’s a completely painless and safe way to care for your best friend without spending a lot of money.

If you’d like to find a chiropractic veterinarian in your area, contact the AVCA at (918) 784-2231, or ask your chiropractor for a recommendation. Chances are good they’ll know exactly who you should contact.


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