Dr Scott is a Certified Animal Chiropractor. She treats dogs, cats and horses for a variety of conditions ranging from the maintenance of wellness to treatment for specific injuries or conditions.
The premise of chiropractic is to help the body heal itself by resolving body imbalances that affect the ability of the skeleton, muscles and nervous system to function at their optimal level. Animal chiropractic is a manual therapy. It is a specialized complementary treatment that is available in addition to your regular veterinary care. Decreased motion in the joints of the spine and extremities (called joint restrictions or vertebral subluxations); may lead to changes in the surrounding tissues (ie. the muscles, ligaments and nerves). These restrictions can cause inflammation, pain, muscle tension and compensatory changes. As a certified animal chiropractor, Dr Scott will perform an initial assessment including a case history, posture and gait analysis and palpation of the muscles and joints of the neck, back, jaw, front and hind limbs to determine if any adjustments are needed. A chiropractic adjustment directs a quick, gentle thrust to the restricted joints to restore motion, stimulation of the nervous system occurs as well.
Animal chiropractic may help reduce pain, minimize injury, increase range of motion, restore proper biomechanics, improve joint function and quality of life and enhance performance.
Traumatic injuries including slips and falls, repetitive strain injuries, poor fitting harnesses or collars along with poor leash habits (for example, quick changes in direction or pulling while walking on leash), can result in conditions requiring chiropractic care. Confinement, post surgery and performance training are also situations when animals can benefit from chiropractic treatment. Like babies, puppies, kittens and foals should be assessed as soon after birth as possible. The delivery process and cramped quarters in-utero can cause muscle and joint dysfunction which may lead to more serious problems if not corrected.
Is chiropractic care right for your per?
Chiropractics can help with the following signs:
- Pain/facial expression
- Change in behavior/energy/sleep patterns
- Reluctance to be touched or picked up
- Change in posture/weight shifting/inability to weight bear
- Change in gait/ limping/shortened stride
- Doesn't walk as far
- Avoidance of certain movements/jumping/playing
- Reluctance to go up/down stairs
- Trouble getting up/down
- Resentment putting collars or harnesses on/off
- Change in muscle development
- Holding up a paw
- Abnormal tail movements
- Jaw pain/difficulty chewing
- Decreased coordination
The following signs may indicate that your horse requires chiropractic treatment:
- Signs of Pain
- Change in behavior/energy/performance
- Tenderness under the saddle
- Resistance to turn
- Shortened stride
- Long hours in a stall
After a chiropractic treatment your animal may be relaxed and sleepy or more active and playful. Do some easy leash walking and discourage increased activity. After 48-72 hours, some animals may be a little stiffer which is normal. Do not expect major changes after the first visit. Expect to commit to a few treatments to determine the efficacy of chiropractic care. Seasonal check-ups are recommended for all animals.
Licensed chiropractors and veterinarians who practice animal chiropractic must have completed a 210 hour course recognized by the College of Animal Chiropractors or American Veterinary Chiropractic Association. The Healing Oasis Wellness Centre of Canada (Brantford), Healing Oasis Wellness Centre (Wisconsin), Options for Animals (Kansas) and Parker Chiropractic College (Dallas) are the four animal chiropractic programs approved in North America.