Originally published in Bay Woof, December 2023“Ask Dr. Dog”Dr. Lisa Franzetta, [email protected] Winter Season Wisdom from Chinese Medicine Baby, […]
Did you know that chiropractic care is becoming more widespread in the animal care world? Pets can enjoy the same benefits from chiropractic treatments as people can. We’re happy to offer anything that helps our patients feel better! Read on as a local Alameda, CA vet offers some basic info on this ancient technique.
Chiropractic treatments have some wonderful benefits for our furry friends. For one thing, it’s safe and painless. Your pet also will not require anesthesia. This is very beneficial, as you won’t need to worry about medications or sedatives potentially counteracting with other medications your pet is on. Your four-legged pal also won’t need to be shaved or kept overnight. Another good thing is that chiropractic treatment schedules can be customized according to the animal’s specific needs. In some cases, only a few appointments may be required. Other pets may need to come in regularly for adjustments. It really just depends on the pet, and how they respond to the treatment.
Chiropractic treatment is quite often used on horses. However, it can benefit many types of animals, and is effective at treating a wide variety of issues. Some of these include arthritis, hip dysplasia, osteoarthritis, intervertebral disc disease, degenerative myelopathy, muscle spasms, and nerve problems. Chiropractic treatment can also help pets heal after surgery or trauma. Last but not least, it can improve pets’ range of motion, helping them stay fit and active.
As you may know, chiropractic treatments focus on realigning the spine. Your spinal column is your lifeline, and is the main highway for your nervous system. This is true for both people and pets! Any blockages or ‘kinks’ along the spine can cause severe pain and stiffness. They can also interfere with nerve and muscle function, impede circulation and muscle oxygenation, and interfere with the body’s natural chemical reactions, such as hormone releases.
The main thing when choosing chiropractic care is to only utilize veterinarians or practitioners that are licensed and experienced in chiropractic care for animals. It’s also important to know what to expect. Keep in mind that all animals are different, and treatment options must always be offered on a case-by-case basis. Talk to your vet, and don’t be afraid to ask questions.
As your local Alameda, CA animal clinic, we are dedicated to providing top-notch care. Please feel free to contact us anytime!