If your dog is in pain and you live in the Tampa Bay area, give us a call at Tampa Bay K9 Rehab ASAP to learn about how chiropractic therapy may help them.
As with humans, canines can experience a wide variety of health issues. Whether they are born with a disease, injure themselves, or simply acquire certain aches and pains as they age, it is important for pet owners to take proper action in making their pets well again. Avoiding the problem or trying to treat it on your own can sometimes make matters worse, and what began as a minor issue can quickly turn into a serious condition.
Chiropractic Therapy for Dogs
Though this type of medical treatment has been used on humans for hundreds of years, it has only been introduced to animals in the past 15-20 years. So it is understandable if you’ve never considered chiropractic treatment as a viable option for your aching animal.
This treatment consists of spinal manipulations and uses the body’s own natural healing abilities to restore health. It focuses on the spine and central nervous system—which play the biggest role in all of the body’s functioning—and works to improve communication throughout.
When you bring in your pup for chiropractic therapy, we will take a number of approaches to ensure we not only determine the cause of the issue, but properly heal them using the best forms of treatment. This includes x-rays, exams, massages, and neurological assessments. Please keep in mind that chiropractic care is not painful. Though the term “spinal manipulation” can sound a bit intimidating, please rest assured that this type of therapy is not painful and may include only minimal discomfort. The goal is to alleviate the pain your dog is experiencing—not add to it!
What Chiropractic Therapy Treats in Dogs
There are a number of health issues canines can have that this therapy can help with including, but not limited to:
- Muscle atrophy
- Floating knee caps
- Hip dysplasia
- Urinary incontinence
- Muscle spasms
- Post-surgical pain
Chiropractic treatment can be effective for all different types of dogs, regardless of their age or health. From obese and senior dogs, to sore puppies who just had surgery, chiropractic care is an ideal option for owners who prefer natural, holistic types of treatment that don’t require invasive and excessive surgeries; it can even help with preventative wellness!
Signs Your Dog Needs Chiropractic Therapy
Of course, owners know to keep an eye out for signs of pain in dogs who have just had surgery. But sometimes these health issues can spring up out of the blue, making it harder to realize something is wrong. Some symptoms of sublaxation (when joints and/or bones are out of alignment) to look for in a dog in pain include:
- Excessive painting with little activity
- Abnormal sitting positions
- Decrease in coordination
- Dragging foot/limping
- Not jumping
- Fear biting
- Difficulty getting up stairs
About Tampa Bay K9 Rehab
We were established in 2004, making us the first full-service canine rehabilitation center in the Tampa Bay and St. Petersburg area. Our Certified Canine Rehabilitation Practitioner (CCRP), Dr. Mark Brown, will go above and beyond to make sure the problem areas are corrected using gentle and safe methods of treatment. In addition to chiropractic therapy for dogs, we also offer:
- Therapeutic massage
- Regenerative stem-cell therapy
- Spinal surgery rehab
- Weight loss programs