Animal Chiropractic

Animal ChiropracticAnimal Chiropractic: What You Need To Know Chiropractic care for animals? Absolutely! Chiropractic has been helping humans with joint, nerve, and muscle problems for over a century. Some fortunate animals have benefited from chiropractic during that time as well. However, many people don’t realize the profound benefits that chiropractic has to offer their ailing pets.

Animal chiropractic is a drug-free approach to pet healthcare that focuses on disorders of the musculoskeletal system and the nervous system, and the effects of these disorders on mobility and general health. Animal chiropractic care is used most often to treat problems including, but not limited to:
• Neck, back, leg, and tail pain
• Muscle spasms, nerve problems
• Disc or joint problems
• Limping or lameness
• Injuries from slips, falls and accidents
• Jaw, TMJ problems, difficulty chewing

The purpose of a chiropractic treatment is to restore normal joint mobility. Injured tissues undergo physical and chemical changes that can cause inflammation, pain, and diminished function. Chiropractic treatment of the affected joints and tissues restores mobility, thereby alleviating pain and muscle tightness. This allows tissues to heal so that your pet can return to an active and healthy life.

One such case is the story of Louie. The owners of Louie, a 7 year old Dachshund, awoke one morning to find Louie unable to walk. Both of his hind legs were completely limp and he could only get around by dragging them. Louie’s veterinarian recommended cage rest and prednisone for a degenerated disc. There was very little improvement after two weeks, so the veterinarian recommended chiropractic care. Louie improved rapidly with chiropractic care and now is able to walk, run, and do
all of the other things the Dachshund’s enjoy in life!

With animal chiropractic treatment, most pets heal very rapidly, even severe disc cases. Most dogs and cats are very compliant during a chiropractic treatment, even seeming to enjoy it, and experience rapid improvement in their symptoms.

Written by Margo Nolte, Doctor of Chiropractic – Badger Veterinary Hospital in Janesville at (608) 754-1888. For more information on animal chiropractic visit