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A Dog Chiropractor: What Is It?

To reduce discomfort and increase range of motion, a dog chiropractor can adjust your dog’s joints.

A dog chiropractor would palpate the dog’s spine, limbs, and even the skull to look for anomalies in the way the bones join together, much like they would during a human chiropractic session. Your dog’s comfort level, nerve function, and the way that joint works can all be affected by even minor misalignments, or “subluxations.”

The subluxated joint is then adjusted and the bones are moved back into position by the dog chiropractor using precise manipulations. One common focus is the spine.

Dog Chiropractor

Does My Dog Require a Veterinary Chiropractor?

When they observe their dog limping or feeling sore all the time, most dog owners take their pets to see animal chiropractors. If your dog participates in high-impact activities like flyball or agility, you could choose to schedule a preventive dog chiropractic appointment to make sure their body is operating at peak efficiency.

Getting a veterinary diagnosis is crucial if your dog is experiencing discomfort, lameness, or lethargy. Make an appointment with your veterinarian so they can assess the cause of your dog’s discomfort or lack of self-awareness. Why does this matter? Because a variety of health issues can appear to be similar at first glance but may require quite diverse approaches to treatment. Dog chiropractic care, for instance, will help a limping dog with a sore back, but an antibiotic is necessary if the dog has Lyme disease.

If your veterinarian certifies that dog chiropractic is appropriate for your dog’s condition after you’ve determined what’s wrong, you can pursue this course of action.

What Is the Price of a Dog Chiropractor?

Like any medical service, the price of a visit to the dog chiropractor can vary significantly based on a number of factors, including your location, the practitioner’s credentials, and your dog’s size and personality. Typically, the first appointment is between $100 and $200, and follow-up consultations are between $50 and $80.

Choosing an Animal Chiropractor

Seek out a chiropractor with certification from the International Veterinary Chiropractic Association (IVCA) or the American Veterinary Chiropractic Association (AVCA). This guarantees that the chiropractor for dogs has received specialized training in the anatomy, joint, and spinal manipulation of dogs.

Animal chiropractic certification can be obtained by veterinarians and qualified human chiropractors holding a doctor of chiropractic (DC) degree. A human chiropractor needs specialized training to work with animals since human and canine joints and bones fit differently. It could be painful and even irreversible to try to adjust a dog in the same way that a human is adjusted.

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