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How do you know if your dog needs chiropractic care?

Dogs may benefit from chiropractic care - from the much loved family pet who is suffering with arthritis as he ages to the top level agility dog.

  • Diagnosed conditions such as degenerative arthritis or spondylitis
  • Abnormal posture - e.g.: puppy sitting - adult dog sitting with legs out to one side
  • Problems or difficulty with certain movements - (climbing stairs, jumping into the car, agility obstacles)
  • Grooming problems - sensitivity to touch
  • Injuries resulting from falls, training or other activities
  • Problems eating or refusing to play with toys
  • Short striding, uneven strides, nail dragging or stumbling
  • Lick granuloma - obsessive licking which may result in sores or discolouration
  • Muscle imbalance, spasms or atrophy

Puppies predisposed to conditions such as hip dysplasia may benefit from chiropractic care in early life, before their condition becomes problematic. Please note that puppies must not be overexercised - follow the 'ten minutes per month of life' rule with walks. For example, a three month old puppy could be walked for fifteen minutes twice per day. Exceeding this limit may place your pet at risk.

Although the examples given are focussed on dogs some of these may also apply to cats. Although generally more flexible and independent, and so less likely to suffer problems as a result of training or mishaps out walking, cats - particularly elderly cats, can greatly benefit from chiropractic care.

Rehabilitation and injury prevention is a key aspect of our work with animals. Riders are very aware that their horses should undergo a full fitness programme before commencing competitive work, but do we consider this for our dogs as well? Wessex Chiropractic can assess your pet's muscular strength and stability and offer advice on specific exercises for specific disciplines.

Many insurance companies will cover chiropractic care. Sally Mathews is also a member of the International Association of Animal Therapists, a requirement of PetPlan.

Chiropractic care does not replace the primary care given by a veterinary surgeon, and you must consult with your vet prior to commencing treatment. Download a veterinary consent form here.


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