Chiropractic care for animals is a fairly new field of medicine. Newer still is the practice of chiropractors establishing an office that sees both humans and animals for spinal adjustments. There are many reasons why you would want to take your pet to a local chiropractor.
Dog Breeds That Have Hip Dysplasia
Certain breeds of dogs, specifically black labs and a few other small- to medium-sized dogs, often have hip dysplasia. This is a condition that can be present from birth, or develop later in life as the dog gets older. Either way, it is very uncomfortable and it makes it difficult for your dog to walk and run correctly. Taking your dog to a chiropractor that can make adjustments and correct the problem means your dog (and/or other pets) will live a more comfortable life.
Your Chiropractor Does Back to Back Appointments for Pets and Their Owners
It is a great way to kill two birds with one stone. You get your spinal, hip, shoulder and neck adjustments and then it is your pet's turn for adjustments. In less than an hour, you both walk out of the chiropractor's office feeling much better and you do not have to drive anywhere else or see another chiropractor that works on humans or pets only. Chiropractors that have convenient scheduling for pets and their owners can book you and your pet or pets back to back in the same visit.
Chiropractic Care for Larger Pets
The courses that chiropractors take after they have finished their degrees teach them how to perform adjustments on animals of all sizes, including horses. Given that a horse lends its back to your enjoyment and exercise, why would you not pamper it with a spinal adjustment? Before you schedule an appointment, however, be sure to ask your human and animal chiropractor if he or she does adjustments on larger pets. The extra courses offered to a chiropractor for animal patients are split into small and large animal care and they must be certified before practicing on specific animals.
Because this field is so new, there is a limited availability of chiropractors who provide care for both animal and human patients. You are more likely to find an animals-only chiropractor or a veterinarian that provides chiropractic medicine. Still, it is worth it to ask local chiropractors, such as Grand Chiropractic, if they offer such services, and see if there is a doctor who is willing to see you and your furry friends at the same time.