Hidden Winter Dangers for Pets

As beautiful as the freshly fallen snow is, there can be hidden dangers in a winter wonderland. Slippery sidewalks and pathways can be just as risky for our pets as they are for us. Dogs can sustain significant injuries if they slip and fall or slip and "catch" themselves, including damage to their back or neck, spinal discs, knees, and hips.

These injuries will often appear to heal on their own. The dog will resume normal movement after a short period of time and no longer display obvious signs of pain. However, if left untreated, underlying damage from that injury, such as a "pulled" muscle or a sprained joint, can lead to long-term weakness of the injured area which is likely to lead to chronic or recurring problems further down the road.  

Proper chiropractic evaluation and treatment can identify these underlying issues and minimize the likelihood of chronic recurrences. When a muscle is injured or "pulled", proper treatment - which may include stretching, massage, trigger point therapy, and physical therapy modalities - can facilitate healing and minimize the development of the weak non-elastic scar tissue which leads to future re-injuries and flare-ups.

When a joint becomes sprained, most often it results in some initial swelling. The sprain usually has a negative effect on the alignment of the joint. Even a minor misalignment of the joint can cause a lot of irritation and localized pain. These misalignments almost never go away on their own. Have you ever sprained a joint or jammed a finger that has never been the same since? Restoring normal joint alignment and movement is essential to complete healing.

The more prompt the evaluation and treatment are, the better the outcome is. However, it is never too late. If your dog or cat has had an injury in the past and every now and then it flares up, chiropractic care could help your pet experience great relief with reduced or eliminated flare-ups.

To schedule a chiropractic appointment, you must have a referral from your veterinarian. If you currently don't have a veterinarian, any of the doctors at Badger Veterinary Hospital would be happy to examine your pet prior to your chiropractic appointment.