Veterinary Chiropractic Care
Also known as spinal manipulation therapy, veterinary chiropractic offers our canine and feline patients a gentle way to encourage their own bodies’ healing mechanisms by using manual therapy or chiropractic adjustments. We are able to increase healing without the use of invasive drugs or chemicals, increasing performance and improving quality of life.
Animal chiropractic offers non-surgical, drug-free options for correcting joint, disc, and soft-tissue disorders related to improper skeletal alignment and/or movement. Chiropractic also provides overall health benefits, including superior immune function, healthier metabolism and a resilient nervous system, which will enhance your animal’s natural ability to heal from future sickness.
The American Veterinary Medical Association guidelines recommend a licensed veterinarian examine and establish a preliminary diagnosis prior to any initiation of alternative medical treatment. During this initial exam, the gait, posture and the alignment of the vertebra and extremities are evaluated.
In 2012, veterinarian Jean Tuttle of LakeCross Veterinary earned the additional designation of Certified Veterinary Spinal Manipulation Therapist and is a member of the College of Animal Chiropractors.
Frequently Asked Questions About Veterinary Chiropractic Care
Simply put animal chiropractors look for abnormal or restricted movement of the joints of the spine and extremities which have an effect on the nervous system and the entire body. The goal of the animal chiropractor is to restore proper movement of the affected joints so the nervous system and body can function at its maximum healthy potential.
Generally the animal should have the remainder of the day to rest. Each animal is evaluated on an individual basis and the doctor will provide you with the best course of action that is right for your animals.
They are either a Doctor of Chiropractic or a Veterinarian.
They have successfully completed one of the 3 recognized animal chiropractic schools. Those schools are Options for Animals Healing Oasis and Parker Chiropractic College.
They are certified either by the AVCA (American Veterinary Chiropractic Association) or the IVCA (International Veterinary Chiropractic Association). There is NO Board certification in animal chiropractic.