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Aligning Tails & Wellness: The Harmony of Spinal Adjustments for Your Furry Companions

Many are turning to holistic approaches, such as spinal adjustments for dogs and cats, for optimal pet health. These adjustments can enhance our furry friends' overall health, mobility, and quality of life. In this blog post, our vets in Danbury provide specific information on dog and cat spinal adjustments, emphasizing their importance for pet wellness.

How does chiropractic care work?

Chiropractic care focuses on correcting abnormalities in the alignment of your pet's musculoskeletal system. The process releases pressure and tension so trapped nerves can be freed and your pet's nervous system can function properly again.

Increased blood flow is another positive effect of chiropractic care in dogs and cats. It enables oxygen and other important nutrients to circulate to all the major organs and reach any areas that require healing.

The Science Behind Spinal Adjustments for Pets

The spine is a crucial part of the nervous system. It houses the spinal cord, which transmits signals between the brain and the rest of the body. When vertebrae (form the lumbar part of the spine) become misaligned, it can pressure to the nerves, leading to pain, discomfort, and impaired function.

Spinal adjustments correct these misalignments, alleviating nerve pressure and promoting better communication within the body. 

Conditions That Can Be Treated With Canine & Feline Chiropractic Care

Dogs and cats can suffer from a wide range of different health issues during the course of their lifetime. Chiropractic care at Mill Plain Veterinary Clinic can be effective at alleviating the symptoms and treating the underlying cause of the following conditions:

  • Arthritis
  • Chronic pain 
  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Gastrointestinal problems
  • Healing after traumas, specifically tissue healing 
  • Hip dysplasia
  • Incontinence
  • Mobility issues, such as difficulty going up or down stairs
  • Muscle spasms
  • Nerve problems
  • Reproductive issues
  • Separation anxiety
  • Skin problems, such as allergic dermatitis and ringworm
  • Stiffness and tension
  • Stress causes by travel
  • Travel sickness
  • Respiratory problems

Benefits of Dog and Cat Spinal Adjustments

Chiropractic care for dogs and cats has the following benefits:

  • Improved mobility: One of the most immediate benefits of dog and cat chiropractic adjustments is enhanced mobility. Pets suffering from stiffness, arthritis, or injuries often experience significant improvements in their range of motion after receiving spinal adjustments.
  • Pain relief: Spinal adjustments can be an effective way to manage pain in pets.
  • Cause of discomfort: Addressing the root cause of discomfort, these adjustments help alleviate pain without relying on medications, which can have side effects.
  • Enhanced quality of life: Regular spinal adjustments can lead to a higher quality of life for pets. Improved mobility and pain relief contribute to a more active and enjoyable life, allowing pets to engage in activities they love.
  • Prevention of future issues: Regular check-ups and adjustments can prevent potential problems from developing into more serious conditions. This proactive approach to health care can save your pet from unnecessary suffering, and you from costly veterinary bills.
  • Drug-free pain relief: Some people are hesitant to give their pets medications that could lead to dependency. Thankfully, chiropractic treatment can stimulate your pet's natural pain-relieving endorphins, reducing or eliminating the need for drugs.

What to Expect During a Spinal Adjustment

During a dog or cat spinal adjustment, an animal chiropractor will perform an examination to identify any areas of misalignment. The adjustment itself involves gentle, precise movements to realign the spine. The procedure is typically quick and should not cause your pet any pain. Many pets show immediate signs of relief and improved mobility after the adjustment.

Finding a Qualified Practitioner

It’s essential to seek a qualified professional for spinal adjustments for pets. These practitioners have extensive animal anatomy and physiology knowledge. This expertise is vital because the anatomy of pets, particularly their spinal structure, differs significantly from that of humans.

A qualified practitioner understands these differences and can tailor the adjustment techniques to suit your pet’s needs. At Mill Plain Veterinary Clinic, Dr. Chris Elson offers acupuncture, chiropractic, and physical rehabilitation services.

Note: The advice provided in this post is intended for informational purposes and does not constitute medical advice regarding pets. For an accurate diagnosis of your pet's condition, please make an appointment with your vet. 

Ready to see the benefits of spinal adjustments for your furry companion? Contact our vets at Mill Plain Veterinary Clinic today to schedule an appointment.

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