AVCA Certified Animal Chiropractor Specializing In Horses, Dogs, and Cats.
Doesn't your pet deserve the very best? Is it hurting you to see your pet suffer? Treat your pet to chiropractic health care that alleviates pain and creates a space for healing to occur, a holistic approach that addresses the overall well-being of the animal.
Is Your Animal Well Adjusted?
Chiropractic care is a preventative approach to health care that does not use drugs or surgery. It address all the body systems because the spinal cord, which is housed inside the spinal column carries all the nerves that go to every organ in the body. Adequate nerve supply is vital to the proper functioning of the entire body. When these joints are misaligned they affect the nerves and the flow of energy. A chiropractic adjustment corrects the misalignment and restores proper functioning of the nervous system.
How Often Does My Animal Need An Adjustment?
Just as it is important to maintain the vaccination and worming schedule that your veterinarian recommends, it is important to make sure that the spine is kept in optimum condition. Some animals should have examinations and adjustments yearly, but most benefit from quarterly chiropractic treatments. Older, performance and show animals may need to be seen more frequently.
How do you know if your animal needs chiropractic care?
Trauma such as slips, falls, forceful blows, drugs, abnormal forces at birth, and other stresses can cause the spine to become misaligned, with performance and show animals having the greatest risk.
Some of the signs are:
- Pain when you push on the animal's back, especially near the spine
- Numerous unnecessary trips and slips, not corrected by horse shoeing
- Resistance to turning their head one direction or problems with bit or reining
- Changes in behavior that cannot be explained
- Difficulties with jumping or cantering
- Not typically lame, but just plain off
- Stiffness that a vet cannot find a definitive cause
- Neck and/or back pain
- Unable to perform activities that were once normal
- Lick granulomas, if they appear after a cervical injury
- Not tracking in hoof prints evenly
- After fractures have healed from an acute trauma
- Dogs that get whiplash from being chained up
Listen to the recording below to find out ways your dog can hurt his back. For example, just playing tug-of-war can throw your pet out of alignment.
How Long Does Chiropractic Care Take To Heal My Pet?
Chiropractic care takes time, since we are allowing the body to heal itself after proper nerve functioning has been restored. Animals recover quickly as a rule, but older animals and more serious problems take more time. The speed of recovery often depends on these factors:
Time. The length of time that the problem has been present. The more time that has elapsed since the onset means the recovery will take longer.
Age and physical condition. Older animals are slower to heal.
Damage. How much damage has been done? Sometimes there is simply no repair for damaged tissues.
Cooperation. The speed of recovery often depends on how well the owner will cooperate with the animal chiropractor that is treating their pet. If the animal is removed from treatment too soon, the best possible results may not be achieved.
Click here to watch Dr. O'Reilly perform an adjustment on a horse named Spirit
Chiropractic care for animals is a relatively new alternative health care practice. Usually your veterinarian will recommend your horse or other pet for this special treatment protocol. A certified animal chiropractor is the best trained to handle this type of chiropractic treatment. The only professional organization for animal chiropractic is the American Veterinary Chiropractic Association (AVCA). The AVCA certifies both chiropractors and veterinarians after completing 150 hours of intensive training encompassing both veterinarian and chiropractic courses.
Dr. Debbie O'Reilly certified animal chiropractor by the AVCA
"While observing you work with horses, I felt it was it was one of the most impressive sessions of healing treatment I have ever seen. It was obvious to me that the animals loved having you care for them. You were in dialogue with the animals just like you would be with a human patient, telling them what you were doing, encouraging them to hang in there, and allowing them to choose their medicine."
Judy C, Denver, Colorado