Canine Chiropractic and Acupuncture

Chiropractic and acupuncture can be beneficial to maintain your dogs optimum health and to prevent and treat back pain. It can also help support recovery from injury and improve comfort when there is chronic disease.

About the treatment

Annie offers a chiropractic clinic for dogs from her base in Farndon, Cheshire.

 

As for horses the technique is gentle, acting on each joint individually and thus requiring very little force. Each joint is examined for movement in the directions that it would normally move. Any joint fixation is treated with a low amplitude chiropractic thrust. This not only treats the 'stiff' painful joint, but also the muscles and nerves in that segment of spine.

 

Poor movement anywhere in the spine can affect the whole spine and movement of the dog resulting in pain and discomfort.

Warning Signs

 

Signs that your dog has back pain can be very subtle and much harder to notice than in a horse. Things to look out for:

 

  • An arched or domed shaped back or 'hunched' stance

  • General stiffness

  • Hypersensitivity or spasm when the back is stroked or groomed

  • Lethargy, reluctance to exercise.

  • Pain on palpation of the spine or neck.

  • Reluctance to turn the head.

  • Poor limb extension

  • Behavioural problems

Conditions that can benefit

 

  • Chiropractic can benefit all dogs to treat any small 'niggles' that are picked up during play and work. Agility and working dogs are particularly prone to picking up fixations in the spine.

  • Dachsunds, Dobermans and German Shepard Dogs are prone to congenital disease of the spine so chiropractic can be used to help prevent development of biomechanical disease such as disc hernia and discospondylosis.

  • Dogs with hip dyplasia, arthritis or other lameness problems are prone to back pain as they change their gait pattern to compensate for the pain in their limbs. Acupuncture can be used to aid comfort and reduce medication dose in dogs with arthritis.

  • Non specific problems with digestion, and reproduction can repond to chiropractic or acupuncture treatment due to stimulation of the nerves that supply these organs.

  • Neuropathic disease such as lick granulomas can be resolved using chiropractic or acupuncture.
     

 

** Please note we are not currently taking on new dog patients unless they are by Veterinary Referral **