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Chiropractic Care focuses on the health and proper movement of all joints in the body, but especially the proper functioning of the spinal column. We work in conjuction with many Veterinarians to provide a natural approach to your dogs health and wellness.

How Do I know that my dog may have a problem?

The severity of  symptoms from very mild to very severe. The most common of which is PAIN. Dogs in pain will compensate in gait or posture and often refuse to perform certain tasks. The following is a list of symptoms that may indicate pain from the presence of subluxation:

  • "Puppy" sitting, or sitting with the rear legs off to one side.
  • Discomfort when putting on or taking off collars and harnesses.
  • Abnormal posture when standing.
  • Evasion type maneuvers such as dipping head or hollowing back.
  • Wringing or tucking tail.
  • Refusing or unwillingness to go over jumps.
  • Change in behaviour patterns; fear biting.
  • Sensitivity to touch.
  • Facial expression of apprehension or pain.

Problems can also cause change in muscle coordination and flexibility. These conditions may cause:

  • Lack of coordination in gaits.
  • Pacing.
  • "Lameness" that seems to move from limb to limb.
  • Stiffness.
  • Stiffness in side movement of the body or neck.
  • Muscle atrophy or shrinking.
  • Shortened stride in one or two limbs.
  • Decreased extension in front or rear.
  • Side winding or crabbing.
  • Stumbling on dog walk.
  • Partial weakness or paralysis.

How are these problems corrected?


Evaluation should be made by a trained Veterinary Chiropractor. Dr. Russell, certified in Veterinarian Orthopediac Manipulation, will work closely with you and your primary Veterinarian to provide a treatment program for you dog. We utilize Chiropractic adjustments both manually and with an Activator tool as well as therapeutic massage, LASER therapy and therapeutic exercise.

ADJUSTMENT. An adjustment is a short, rapid thrust onto a vertebra in a very specific direction that will restore movement into the fixated joint.

Chiropractic is very specific, and adjustments are made on each vertebra directly. Jerking on legs or tails, is NOT an adjustment. A proper examination and evaluation by the Doctor is necessary to determine what needs to be adjusted, and how.

While delivering an adjustment the Doctor uses a controlled force. Large dogs don't necessarily need more force than very small ones. Each joint of the spine is moveable, and if the correct angle is used, the adjustment is relatively easy using low force.

How Many Treatments will by pal need?

The purpose of the treatment is to restore function to a joint in the spinal column and reduce any inflamation, muscle spasm or pain your dog may be having. Ultimately we want your dog to be in the best condition possible. Whether you are wanting your best friend to be rid of pain or stiffness or be at his best when competing in obedience or agility, Chiroprapractic Sports Medicine may be the answer.  We will work diligently with you so that you learn proper stretching and strengthening techniques for your dog. We will work in direct communciation with your primary Veterinarian to make sure they are informed of your dogs progress.

Most dogs show significant improvement in one to four treatments. The more involved you are with your dog's care, the sooner they will a healthier and happier companion.



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