Does My Dog or Cat Need Chiropractic Care?

The following is a list of signs that may indicate your animal could benefit from chiropractic care:

  • Pain, stiffness or sensitivity to touch; may be demonstrated by evasion type maneuvers such as dipping head or hollowing back
  • Yelping due pain from neck or back movements; discomfort putting collar/ harness on
  • Abnormal, asymmetrical posture while standing or a ‘roached back’
  • Change in ability to jump into the car, on furniture, or managing stairs
  • Poor or decreased performance in dog sport e.g. jump refusals, weaves pole problems, etc.
  • Faulty movement and abnormal gaits such as overreaching, shortened stride, crabbing, pacing
  • Hind-end weakness, splaying of hind legs
  • Muscle tension, weakness, atrophy, or asymmetry
  • Head tilt, altered balance, lack of coordination
  • Lameness conditions or limps related to altered/faulty biomechanics or injuries
  • ‘Puppy-sitting’ or sitting with back legs out to one side
  • Wringing or Tucking tail
  • Change in behavior such as fear biting, panting, pacing

It should be stressed that chiropractic is not meant to replace conventional veterinary medicine, but rather a valid, concurrent, complementary method of care, effective for many neuromusculoskeletal issues. Although a referral is not required, your veterinarian must be informed and in some cases, examine the animal to rule out a more serious underlying health condition.