Have you noticed that your pet is stiff and slow moving when he first gets up? Is he hesitating before going up the stairs, less interested in playing, or even avoiding interaction all together? Or have you noticed more obvious symptoms like limping or whining with movement? These behaviors are often a sign that your pet is experiencing pain.
Animal chiropractic care is a natural, gentle treatment approach for conditions at the root of your pet’s pain, reducing or even eliminating the painful symptoms. Some of the conditions animal chiropractic care may address include arthritis, pinched nerves, and swollen discs in the spine. These conditions lead to a loss of normal mobility, which results in stiffness, tension, and pain. Ultimately, it impacts your pet’s total wellbeing.
Before performing a chiropractic adjustment, the doctor of chiropractic or veterinarian certified in veterinary chiropractic performs an examination of your pet’s nervous system and the muscles and joints in the spine and extremities. After the assessment, treatment consists of gentle mobilization of the affected area. This can include chiropractic manipulation, stretching, and physical therapy modalities. With proper treatment, joints, nerves, and muscles can resume their normal function and pain is reduced.
Chiropractic treatment isn’t limited to injured or sick pets. Healthy or athletic animals can greatly benefit from chiropractic care. And it’s important to note that animal chiropractic does not replace traditional veterinary medicine. At Badger Veterinary Hospital, our animal chiropractors work in conjunction with veterinarians to treat the whole patient.
When your pet is feeling well, he will be full of energy and eager to play. Years full of healthy activity sounds like the quality of life we all want for our pets!