Is Chiropractic Treatment Right For Your Dog?

February 8, 2019

Chiropractic treatment for humans has become pretty widely accepted around the world, but now it’s going to the dogs (literally).

In case you are unaware, dogs can benefit from alternative therapies (chiropractic care, massage, and acupuncture) just like humans! They are afflicted by similar ailments, so why wouldn’t the same treatments that humans use to find relief work on our furry little friends? Here are some questions to ask yourself before taking your dog to the chiropractor:


What Ails Your Dog?

If you notice that your dog is developing some mobility issues, such as having trouble climbing stairs, walking with a limp, struggling to stand or lie down, having an inability to jump, hunching its back, feeling reluctant to move, or walking with an abnormal gait, chiropractic care might be able to help out. Of course, if you notice any of these changes developing quickly, you should contact your veterinarian first to rule out any illnesses or injuries that require surgery or other types of veterinary care.


What Can a Chiropractic Doctor Treat?

A dog chiropractor can treat a wide variety of ailments, disorders, and injuries, and as this practice becomes more common, you can expect more conditions to be added to the list. Right now, a dog chiropractor can help treat subluxations, repetitive use injuries, neck and back injuries, hip dysplasia, osteoarthritis relief, urinary incontinence, forelimb lameness, stiffness, and post-surgery recovery, in addition to aiding in some digestive and skin-related conditions in your pet. There are over 100 tried-and-tested chiropractic techniques that can be used on dogs to treat these conditions, and these can vary from light touch methods (such as Logan Basic) to more intense methods (such as using an activator to help with adjustments).


What Can You Expect?

When you first bring in your dog to receive chiropractic care, you can expect the chiropractor to perform a thorough physical exam to determine what ails your dog. The chiropractor uses this time to evaluate the dog’s movements, stance, and anatomy, and also seeks to pinpoint areas of discomfort or pain. Your dog’s chiropractor might also take some x-rays during the first visit. Then, the chiropractor uses their hands or an activator to perform an adjustment on your dog. The chiropractor will recommend a treatment plan going forward, which will include a series of further adjustments until your dog regains normal mobility and appears to be comfortable.


Will It Be Covered by Pet Insurance?

It depends! Some pet insurances do cover chiropractic care, massage, and acupuncture for dogs, in addition to regular veterinary treatments. Check with your pet’s insurance providers for details on their coverage. If your pet does not currently have insurance, there are a variety of providers to choose from, including Healthy Paws, Pet Plan, ASPCA, and Nationwide.