About Animal Chiropractic

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About

Chiropractic for animals have been around since the early 1900's.


Either Chiropractors or Veterinarians with additional training and certification in chiropractic for animals can properly assess and adjust animals. 


Chiropractic is a manual therapy that treats dysfunction of the spine and influences the function of the spinal cord and nervous system. 


Chiropractic will not cure any ailments; however, being properly adjusted allows the body to heal itself, boost the immune system, and have proper communication within. 


Chiropractic assesses for neuro-musculoskeletal imbalances within the body. This means that chiropractic looks at the spine for imbalances of the nervous system, which can have an effect on an animal’s health. An animal chiropractor works with Veterinarians to assess the animal and to see if they are candidates for chiropractic care to assist with ailments they may be experiencing, improve performance, or for wellness care. 


Chiropractic treats vertebral subluxation complexes. A vertebral subluxation complex (VSC) is a fixation within a joint, causing decreased motion and communication with the nervous system. With decreased communication, many signs and symptoms can be noticed by the owner or rider.

Indications a dog/cat could benefit from an adjustment

-Changes in gait/lameness  

-Sitting off to the side  

-Difficulty going up/down steps or getting in/out of vehicle 

-Pain when being pet or lifted 

-Changes in eating or elimination 

-Licking/chewing paws 

-Changes in performance 

-Pre and Post-surgical care (to boost immune system, promote proper healing, and biomechanics)


Please be aware that this is a common list of signs and symptoms. It does not in any way replace an exam by either a Chiropractor or Veterinarian for your pet. All cases may respond differently.

Indications a horse could benefit from an adjustment

-Lameness/changes in gait 

-Resistance to riding 

-Difficulty flexing at the poll 

-Reduced performance 

-Inability to take a lead 

-Pain when moving/being touched  -Changes in behavior during work


Please be aware that this is a common list of signs and symptoms. It does not in any way replace an exam by either a Chiropractor or Veterinarian for your horse. All cases may respond differently.

FAQs

Does my animal need to be sedated for an adjustment?

No, your animal does not need to be sedated for an adjustment. In fact, it is dangerous for an animal to be adjusted after sedation has been given. I recommend waiting 24 hours post-sedation for an evaluation and adjustment.


I have a puppy, why does he need chiropractic care?

Often times, the birthing process for any animal is traumatic for both mother and baby. It is common to have spinal injuries due to this process. Dr. Georgevitch recommends all babies (puppies, kittens and foals) get adjusted soon after birth to ensure proper function of the spine and nervous system.