We remain open to provide care for your pets. We are following the direction of government and regulatory authorities and have implemented hospital and visit protocols to keep both you and our team safe. For regular updates on our hours and visit protocols, please follow our social media platforms.
According to the College of Animal Chiropractors, “animal chiropractors look for abnormal or restricted movement of the joints of the spine and extremities which have an effect on the nervous system and the entire body. The goal of the animal chiropractor is to restore proper movement of the affected joints to reduce pain, improve mobility and allow the nervous system and body to function at its maximum health potential.
Which conditions can Animal Chiropractic help?
Your pet may benefit from Animal chiropractic if they are showing any of the following symptoms:
Abnormal gait patterns
difficulty getting up or stiffness when moving around
neck or back pain, roached back, nerve irritation or nerve pain
a sore jaw or other TMJ issues
poor performance in sports
or if they have been injured from rough play, slips or falls.
What is a chiropractic adjustment?
During a chiropractic adjustment, the doctor will apply a high velocity, low amplitude force or “thrust” in a very specific direction to a specific joint. This will result in the restoration of normal movement within that joint allowing for improved neurologic input from that area of the body.
Who should perform Animal Chiropractic?
Only Veterinarians or Chiropractors that have had specialized training in Animal Chiropractic should be allowed to practice on animals as the joint angles are species-specific and specialized techniques have been created for individual species based on their unique anatomy. Ensure your doctor is Certified in Animal Chiropractic through the College of Animal Chiropractors or the American Veterinary Chiropractic Association. Dr. Fisher is a member of the College of Animal Chiropractors and lectures yearly at the Veterinary Chiropractic Learning Center in Ontario.
Due to the close contact that our work requires, we have taken additional measures to protect you and our team while providing care for your furry family members.
The following changes are effective as of Monday, March 23, 2020:
1. We are currently operating a "closed waiting room" policy to protect our clients and staff. When you arrive, please remain in your vehicle and use your cell phone to call us at 902.461.0951. We will take a history of your pet over the phone, and bring your pet into the clinic for an examination with the veterinarian. Once the examination is finished, we will call to discuss our recommended treatment plan over the phone and then return to your vehicle with your pet. Please ensure your pet has a properly fitted collar or is in a secure carrier. Please remove any additional clothing or blankets prior to our staff handling our patients to minimize risk to our team.
2. We are still OPEN but are now working in two shifts with reduced hours, reduced staff numbers and a need to close for extensive cleaning between shifts. Tuesday to Friday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
3. If you are ordering food or medications, please allow 2-4 business days as our suppliers are dealing with increased demand and are trying to fill orders as quickly as possible. We will advise you as soon as your order arrives. Please call us when you arrive to pick up your order, but do not enter the hospital. Our staff will bring your order to your car and take payment over the phone. You can also use our online store and have your food delivered directly to your home. To sign up for the online store, visit our website.
4. For the time being, we are not accepting cash as payment. Credit cards and debit card payments are still available.
Following the recommendations of our government and medical experts, we are doing our best to practice social distancing within the constraints of our roles. As such, we have taken measures to avoid both contracting and facilitating the spread of this virus. You may see our team members wearing additional protective gear when interacting with our clients and patients.
Thank you for helping us be diligent for everyone's safety. As we have heard from all levels of government, the situation is fluid and any updates will be provided as changes occur.
- Your dedicated team at Full Circle Veterinary Alternatives Inc.