Chiropractic treatment is generally associated with treating the aches, pains, and musculoskeletal damage adults routinely experience. In recent years, there has been an increased emphasis on researching the many health benefits chiropractic can have on children and even babies. But pet chiropractic is still a fairly niche industry, with some dedicated dog and cat lovers seeking out veterinary chiropractors to provide adjustments and therapies as part of a holistic treatment plan for their pets.
If you've been wondering whether a chiropractor can help your pet live a happier, healthier life, look no further. This article will discuss just some of the ways in which chiropractic treatment may be able to benefit your dog or cat.
How Can Chiropractors Help Pets?
As dogs age, they, like humans, often deal with joint and mobility issues. Some dog breeds are genetically prone to disorders like hip dysplasia, while long-bodied, short-legged dogs like dachshunds, basset hounds, and Welsh corgis may develop spinal issues that can cause pain, stiffness, and even incontinence. But, short of surgery, there are few therapies designed to help dogs reduce stiffness and improve mobility. In most cases, pet owners are just given supplements and instructions to help their pets avoid jumping, running, and many of the other activities that can bring them joy.
But some vets have been looking to alternative therapies, including chiropractic treatment, as a way to improve their patients' quality of life. Pet chiropractic treatments focus on reducing scar tissue that can block nerve signals, realigning the spine and joints into their healthiest positions, and managing pain and stiffness. Some pets may see an immediate improvement and don't require ongoing care, while others may need to undergo chiropractic treatment regularly to maintain the effects. It's important to discuss your desire to seek pet chiropractic care with your veterinarian to ensure that it's safe for your dog.
Can Chiropractors Work on More Than Just Dogs?
Many pet chiropractors work on dogs, cats, and horses. These chiropractors generally begin their career as human chiropractors, later taking additional courses that allow them to specialize in treating pets. Some pet chiropractors then focus exclusively on animal clients, while others may accept both human and pet patients. Before making an appointment for your pet, you can research pet chiropractors in your area to see where they studied, what degrees and certificates they hold, and sometimes even how many hours of continuing education they've completed in the last few years.
To learn more about chiropractic treatments, contact a chiropractor in your area.