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Animal Chiropractors Should I Take My Pet To See One

Updated on March 29, 2010

Chiropractic is a form of medical care that many people consult to help with back pain, neck pain, and even headaches. Now you might think that this might be a form of treatment that is limited only to the treatment of humans, but people have taken their animals to see a chiropractor and have had results with that which is like the results that they themselves experience. Here are some things to determine prior to taking your own pet to an animal chiropractor.

The first thing that you will want to do is make sure that you visit your vet before considering using an animal chiropractor. I know that this might seem odd since many people go to a chiropractor before even consulting with their doctor, but the bodies of your pet are ones that you cannot know exactly where the pain is coming from. For example in humans we know that if our back is hurting where exactly it is hurting and that we have no other issues going on, but for your pet just because they are limping or looking like they have back pain you will want to ensure that nothing else is going on with your pet before consulting with an animal chiropractor.

After you have been to your vet and he has said that an animal chiropractor visit might work for your pet to help them with their ailing woes you will want to ask them if one is in your area. I know that in my area their is not one near me, but by asking your vet they probably have some form of contacts that they can ask to find an animal chiropractor that is qualified to work on your pet.

Now once you have found an animal chiropractor in your area you are probably going to be asking what exactly are they going to do. Well an animal chiropractor will study your animals walking gait, the muscles, and posture to determine what needs to be done. Once they have done this thy will check for any form of a muscle spasm which like us will cause your pet to be in pain. After they have properly diagnosed the problem that they find in your pet they will then move onto the treatment phase.

In the treatment phase you will see what you are looking for in the form of results. Some of this treatment might be resorted to massage therapy, adjustments, or other forms of treatment that they deem necessary to help your pet. Then it will be in the aftercare phase that you will be the most helpful with by monitoring your pet and reporting the findings back to your animal chiropractor and to the vet.

While an animal chiropractor might seem like the tell all answer to your pets problems you will want to make sure that you have your vet check them out  first. Then you will want to make sure that you keep an eye on your pet so that you know how well the treatment works for your pet.


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      BetsyIckes 7 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Very Good post.