What is Animal Chiropractic?

  • Also known as ‘veterinary chiropractic’ requiring specialized post-graduate training for either licensed doctors of chiropractic or veterinary medicine
  • Unique field governed by an agreement between the Ontario College of Veterinarians (OVC) and the College of Chiropractors of Ontario (CCO); chiropractors trained in animal chiropractic are regulated by the CCO and are held accountable to the standards of practice of the profession including those pertaining to the chiropractic care of animals.
  • Animal chiropractic is not intended to replace traditional veterinary medicine or surgery but rather to provide an integrative, conservative option of care for pet owners. Veterinarians and animal chiropractors will often work together collaboratively to best serve the needs of the animal and their owners
  • Chiropractic is a natural, safe and effective hands-on approach to many neuromusculoskeletal issues and injuries affecting animal mobility
  • Chiropractors understand and uniquely address the intimate relationship between the spinal column, its muscles, and the nervous system. They understand the important role of optimal movement and how this relationship relates to the maintenance of overall health, function, and performance
  • A chiropractic adjustment (spinal manipulation) performed by a qualified animal chiropractic professional is a quick, controlled, and gentle force directed to areas of joint restriction to help restore normal motion(reduce stiffness), decrease muscular tone (relax muscles), reduce pain and achieve optimal nerve function
  • Initial consultation and examination include a thorough health history review, gait analysis, static and motion palpation of the joints, muscles and extremities, range of motion testing, and neurological assessment. Sometimes a referral to a veterinarian for x-rays and further examination and testing is required to rule out a more serious problem.
  • Animal chiropractic care is effective for both large and small animals. Horses, dogs, and cats are those animals most commonly seen by animal chiropractors, however, any animal with a spine (vertebrates) could develop spinal problems and may benefit from chiropractic care.


Why Animal Chiropractic?

Common Indications for animal chiropractic care include…

  • Neck, back, leg, tail pain or stiffness
  • Muscle tenderness, asymmetry, top-line tenderness
  • Nerve problems or irritation
  • Injuries from slips/falls, rough play, or animal sport
  • Not moving well or performing at an optimal level
  • TMJ or jaw problems
  • Poor-fitting collars, harnesses or excessive tugging on the leashWhat We Do
  • Difficulty or reluctance getting up or down, jumping in or out of the car, up or downstairs, etc.
  • Restricted movement of back or legs, short stepping or striding, abnormal gait pattern
  • Post-surgical care to facilitate healing and address biomechanical compensatory changes
  • Improved quality of life, function, and comfort for geriatric animals
  • General maintenance of joint health and mobility
  • Special for Horses (click here for list)