Canine Chiropractic Care
In small animals, there are various symptoms for Vertebral Subluxation complexes (VSC’s). The most common, include pain, dysfunction and abnormality in mobility or posture. Dogs with back pain often express this in their refusal to work or unusual posture.
The dog attempts to compensate for the pain by changing its posture and way of going, but this can result in other problems such as joint changes.
Sporting and Working Dogs. These active dogs need regular chiropractic care to restore and maintain flexibility, and to achieve and maintain peak performance. Activities such as jumping hurdles, attention heeling, and lead correction, place additional stresses on the competition dog’s spine and limbs, leading to loss of spinal and limb joint mobility. Most of these dogs will perform normally, except for the subtle signs. Many behaviours for example, hesitation or reluctance to jump, failure to maintain attention while heeling that are often ascribed to unwillingness to work, can be caused by chiropractic VSC’s.
Often Flyball or other very fast repetitive sports can create the same problems, but the adrenaline is pumping, so the dogs can work through their problems for the time being, this creates subtle changes in their movement patterns, leading to long term problems and various VSC’s.
Gundogs or hunting dogs have to cross rough terrain, and sometimes fences and ditches carrying a decent weight in their mouths. This can alter the patterns of movement in the front limbs, placing more strain on certain joints, and creating abnormal muscle development.
Geriatric Dogs. As the dog gets towards their twilight years, many age related conditions such as arthrosis, spondylosis and generalised slowing up, can create the VSC’s throughout the spine and other joints. Chiropractic can improve the geriatric dogs quality of life, and allow them to lead a more active and pain free existance. Due to some of the structural changes that occur with the age related conditions, regular chiropractic treatment is imperitive to prevent the build up of VSC’s and abnormal movement patterns, enabling the geriatric dog to enjoy as much of a full life as possible.
The following symptoms may indicate pain caused by a VSC.
- Reduced performance
- Abnormal posture, such as lowered head carriage
- Reluctance to move, climb stairs or jump onto raised areas such as the sofa
- Signs of pain when being lifted, or performing certain movements
- Sensitivity to touch
- Changes in behaviour
- Undefined lameness, ambling or slow gait, worn down nails on one or more pads
- Altered sitting position (“puppy sitting”)
- Lick granuloma on legs or paws
- The dog only lies on one side
- Recurrent ear or anal gland infections
- Recurrent digestive trouble
- Dripping urine or the inability to hold faeces.
To discuss Chiropractic care for your animal please call Gemma on 07812 581 034.Back to top