Your pet receives a thorough physical examination; consisting of history, gait analysis, neurological exam, and biomechanical exam. The exam may also include thermographic imaging by using a special camera to looking for excess heat, a sign of inflammation or colder areas, indicating a decreased bloodflow. We may request xrays from your veterinarian, too. We then provide a diagnosis and discuss treatment options.
All pets will injure themselves at one point or another. They may start limping, refuse to walk up stairs, or stop playing with their favorite toys. In more serious cases, they may even lose function of their hind legs. Many of these conditions are the result of dysfunctional joints in the spine and extremities causing inflammation, nerve irritation, and muscle spasm.
Our pet's health is the result of how we care for them in the long-term. Prevention is always the best treatment. Many of the conditions requiring medications and surgery, such as arthritis, cruciate tears and disc herniations can actually be prevented with owner education and chiropractic maintenance treatments. In fact, many of our geriatric pet patients live far beyond their average life expectancy.