What Is Veterinary Chiropractic Care?

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Like chiropractic care for humans, its canine-focused counterpart is a natural approach to treating a number of spinal-related conditions. So, is this holistic approach to care right for your dog? Keep reading to find out!

What is it?

By manipulating the spine and other joints, the chiropractor ensures that your pet’s body is in proper alignment. This enables the body to heal itself because the treatment is designed to improve mobility and reduce pain.

With pet insurance, chiropractic care is covered as an alternative therapy for orthopedic issues stemming from accidents and illnesses.

What does it treat?

Canine chiropractic care can treat a number of conditions. Besides treating injuries and soothing pain, canine chiropractic care can treat a number of conditions including (but not limited to):

  • Anxiety.
  • Chronic pain (e.g. muskoskeletal).
  • Incontinence.
  • Nerve problems
  • Skin conditions.
  • Stiffness.
  • Hip dysplasia.
  • Strains.
  • Neck pain.
  • Back pain.
  • And other pains resulting from surgery.

Being a pet parent involves becoming a keen observer of your pet’s behavior. Does your dog have trouble walking or using the stairs? Do they appear weaker? Do they have difficulty lying down? Any of these scenarios could be symptoms of a condition that a canine chiropractor can treat.

Who’s it for?

Keep in mind that, like humans, chiropractic care is not right for everyone. However, more veterinarians are seeing the benefits of chiropractic in:

  • Senior dogs.
  • Athletic dogs (e.g. those that participate in agility training).
  • Working dogs (e.g. police and service dogs).
  • Dogs prone to anxiety.
  • Dogs recovering from a surgery or injury.

How does a chiropractor work with a veterinarian?

A conversation with your vet will help determine whether your pet could benefit from chiropractic care. Your vet and the chiropractor will work together to determine the right treatment plan for your pet. After all, a chiropractor is not a substitute for a veterinarian and vice versa.

We hope we’ve been able to shed some light on this emerging trend in pet care. Be sure to ask your vet if this type of treatment is right for your dog!

Did You Know, Pets Plus Us covers alternative therapies such as acupuncture, chiropractic services, naturopathy, hydrotherapy, massage therapy, and physiotherapy are all eligible expenses, if provided by, or under the supervision of, a licensed veterinarian and related to an eligible accident or illness? Learn more or get a quote at https://www.petsplusus.com/insurance-coverage/accident-illness-coverage today!