Who sets the standards of Animal Chiropractic?
The College of Chiropractors of Ontario and the College of Veterinarians of Ontario have accepted the courses and examinations approved by the American Veterinary Chiropractic Association and the College of Animal Chiropractors.
What kinds of animals do you treat?
Mostly dogs and cats, but the occasional rabbit and guinea pig have come through our office. and one ferret!
Who can become a certified animal chiropractor?
Only licensed chiropractors and licensed veterinarian in Ontario.
What are the most common conditions you treat?
Lameness, difficulty getting up after resting, hesitation or difficulty going up or down stairs, inability to jump, holding up a leg and hopping, decreased neck range of motion, abnormal posture, abnormal walking/running gait, functional loss of bowel and bladder function (otherwise know as incontinence), limb weakness and hotspots.
Does an adjustment extend my dog or cat's life?
Adding years to life and life to years", as our brand slogan suggests, animal chiropractic can improve both the quality of our pets lives but has also helped to extend the lifespan of many of our geriatric patients.
Are most of the dogs and cats you treat older?
About 65% are 8 years old or older, but we also see many younger dogs for acute, wellness, and performance-oriented care.
Are X-rays necessary?
X-rays are not necessary, although sometimes are helpful for patient-centred care and to rule in/out disease or advanced degeneration. If your vet has already taken x-rays, it would be very helpful if you could bring them to your first visit or have your vet's office email them to firstname.lastname@example.org.
What are subluxations? Can subluxations cause internal symptoms in my dog?
A subluxation is an improper alignment and motion in the joints, primarily of the spine, which can cause nerve irritation. Nerves control organ function either through direct nerve connection or through nerve-mediated hormone release. Yes, some internal problems such as improper bladder control or diarrhea can be spinal subluxation related.
My dog has hip dysplasia. Can animal chiropractic help?
A lot of dogs with hind-end weakness are reported to have "bad hips" by their owners. In most of these cases, the dogs' hips themselves are NOT the cause of the weakness. However, many dogs have hip dysplasia or advanced hip degeneration that is the cause of their weakness. Depending on the degree of dysplasia, your dog may or may not need surgery - your vet can advise you. We have treated many dogs that have both hip dysplasia and hip arthritis, and many of these dogs improve despite the dysplasia. For much more info click here.
Does the adjustment hurt?
No, the adjustment is usually painless.
Can chiropractors practice animal acupuncture?
Yes. The College of Chiropractors of Ontario considers animal acupuncture to be within the scope of practice if the acupuncture is done as an adjunct to chiropractic, the chiropractor is trained and competent, is within the scope of practice for chiropractors, is done according to the standards of care, an informed consent is done, malpractice insurance is in place, I represent myself as a chiropractor, not a veterinarian and care is coordinated with the animals veterinarian. The adjustment is great at removing interference to healing, while the acupuncture helps to stimulate the body to speed the healing.