|We were recently invited to a demonstration by Dr. Angela Martin-King performing chiropractic adjustments on a horse, a large dog and a funny little dog named Paco. It was very cool and pretty amazing to watch how the animals responded. The horse leaned into her for his adjustments and when the large dog was adjusted you could see how he relaxed by his eyes. All animals were very appreciative, calm and happy.|
So how do you know if your animal needs treatment?
Well, has your animal’s activity level, demeanour or performance changed? You know your animal best and if they are just not acting like themselves, maybe they do need to see a chiropractor. Pain is often a late symptom of biomechanical changes, and other changes may be noticeable to you before your animal indicates it is in pain. These may be very subtle or very pronounced.
Your own observations in your animal
Using a treat if necessary, ask the animal to turn its head and neck to the side so that it touches its flank with its nostrils. Less mobility one side compared to the other could indicate a problem in the cervical vertebrae.
Test the lateral movement of the spine by placing one hand on the spine and with the other pull the animal’s tail carefully towards you so that its back bends around your hand.
Place slight pressure on the back from above. The back should easily and evenly, spring and swing. It should not feel stiff and hard.
Feeling The Muscles
Feeling The Spine
• Unusual itching/chewing at the base of the tail or other parts of the body
This list of symptoms is certainly not exhaustive however, it does demonstrate the wide variety of symptoms an animal chiropractor is trained to recognized and treat.
Dr. Angela Martin-King provides quality chiropractic care to human and animal patients in Collingwood and the surrounding Blue Mountain and Georgian Bay area. She is the founder of Kingstone Chiropractic, a patient-oriented, mobile clinic that provides conservative chiropractic care to both people and pets.