It has been 3 months since I graduated from the Veterinary Chiropractic Learning Center (VCLC) and became certified with the College of Animal Chiropractors (CoAC). I am amazed by the number of Full Circle patients that have already benefitted from this new treatment system! When I do an initial rehab evaluation for my patients, I keep a very open mind and depending on my exam findings I will suggest either Acupuncture, Chiropractic, Massage and Laser, or a combination of treatments depending on each individual pet. After finishing the VCLC course, my first three rehab consultations here in Dartmouth, were cases that I felt would benefit the most from Chiropractic care. And they improved dramatically after one treatment. I am so glad to have been able to offer this treatment to them!
So which of my patients benefit from Chiropractic care? One of the first patients that comes to mind is a dog with severe hip dysplasia that loves mobilizations and adjustments of his hip joints and his lower back. Or my small Boston terrier that chews at one back foot and over the back of that same hind leg. We were concerned that it could be due to abnormal sensation down that leg. She stopped chewing after she was adjusted. Or a beautiful Border Collie that is an agility dog and frequently needs his shoulders adjusted. He has never been lame and is very fit, but the Chiropractic care will ensure that he can compete to the very best of his ability.
So what are some of the signs you may see in your pet that would indicate that they could benefit from Chiropractic care? The College of Animal Chiropractors lists these symptoms:
- Pain or sensitivity to touch along the back or neck or around the tail
- Showing evasion maneuvers such as dropping head or back to avoid touch
- Muscle tension, spasms, weakness or muscle wasting
- Asymmetrical posture
- Abnormal gait
- Change in your pet’s ability to manage stairs, jump on furniture or get in/out of the car
- Weakness or splaying of limbs
- Reduced performance in working dogs
- Nerve problems/irritation
- Injuries from falls, slips, or rough play
- TMJ or jaw problems
Chiropractic care resolves any restricted or abnormal movement in the joints of the spine and the limbs, which results in a positive effect on the nervous system and the body as a whole. Because of this, many of my clients seek routine chiropractic care for their pets even when they are not clinically symptomatic.
So don’t hesitate to call Full Circle Vets if you want to find out more about Chiropractic care for your pet.
Dr. Janis Fisher, DVM, CVA, CCRT, Certified by CoAC
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