What does the chiropractic treatment on an animal involve?

The chiropractic examination starts with a thorough case history which will include details concerning the animals past history, medical history, past and present activity/work status, diet and current problem.
Following the case history standing postural analysis and gait analysis is carried out, then static and motion palpation, and relevant orthopaedic and neurological examination. The chiropractor may also want to see the animal being worked, in the case of the equine this may include under saddle or harness.


How many treatments will my animal need?

This again depends greatly on the individual animal, and many factors can be influential including the age, breed, condition and activity level of the animal. Once correct motion and function has been restored to the joint with the chiropractic adjustment, the condition of the muscles and ligaments surrounding that joint is what accounts for maintaining that correct functioning and providing support and stability to that joint. Generally acute minor injuries will respond faster to treatment than chronic injuries, this is because in chronic injuries the supporting muscles and ligaments are often in poor condition to be able to maintain the corrections and it takes longer for the body to readjust, accept and maintain these new corrections.


Do you work with the vet?

YES! Animal chiropractic should NOT replace primary care with your veterinarian and you must consult with your vet prior to commencing chiropractic treatment. However, with the referring Veterinarian’s approval chiropractic provides a perfect adjunct, whereby we can work together in treating your animal to restore function and maintain overall health and wellbeing.


Follow up care

This depends greatly on the individual animal.

Some animals show immediate improvements following an adjustment but it is recommended that the animal rests for 24 hrs following a treatment. In many cases, with horses and dogs, 1-2 days off work is advised following an adjustment with an increase in turn out time or time where the animal can be in their natural state.

Certain exercises may be given to help improve flexibility and advice may be given to improve the health of your animal and prevent recurrence.

Reported benefits after Chiropractic care

● Improved gait

● Increased flexibility throughout the spine

● Improved muscle tone and circulation

● Improved stamina and quality of work

● Improved attitude to work

● Improvements in behaviour