As with humans, canines can experience a wide variety of health issues. Also, like human chiropractic services, there is also chiropractic therapy for dogs. Whether they are born with a disease, injure themselves, or acquire inevitable specific aches and pains as they age, Tampa Bay pet owners must take proper action to ensure their pets get well. 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. Once conditions start to take a severe turn for the worse, it can be difficult and expensive to get help. Chiropractic therapy for dogs provides benefits that can improve conditions and recovery time.

Protect Against Wound Healing Complications

Issues that can develop into other conditions can range from minor injuries or problems like obesity. While not something many pet owners hear about, animal obesity is on the rise throughout the world. Developing dietary plans and having the right knowledge to train a dog properly requires years of training and equipment. Conditions like obesity can also raise of risk of infections developing after surgery or injuries. Studies have shown that obesity can weaken the immune system. After an operation, the body will be fighting off infection and needs to have a strong immune system. Tampa Bay pet owners can strengthen their dog’s immune system by fighting obesity and providing consistent exercise.

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. Tampa Bay pet owners are not without help with Central Animal.

This treatment consists of spinal manipulations and uses the body’s natural healing abilities to restore health. It focuses on the spine and central nervous system—which play a prominent role in all of the body’s functioning. The spinal column is responsible for passing signals to the body. Improving it and removing kinks works to improve communication and reduce pain. If you are in the Tampa Bay area, then finding the right facility to provide chiropractic therapy for dogs is easy.

Our approach to chiropractic therapy for dogs involves us taking a number of varying 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 chiropractic therapy for dogs is not painful and may include only minimal discomfort. The goal is to alleviate the pain your dog is experiencing—not add to it!  To find out if Chiropractic Therapy is right for your furry friend, schedule an appointment.

What Chiropractic Therapy Treats in Dogs

There are many health issues canines can have that this therapy can help with including, but not limited to:

  • Lameness
  • Muscle atrophy
  • Floating knee caps
  • Hip dysplasia
  • Urinary incontinence
  • Muscle spasms
  • Post-surgical pain
  • Osteoarthritis

Chiropractic treatment can be useful for all different types of dogs, regardless of their age or health. Some breeds are predisposed to IVDD (intervertebral disc disease) , such as Dachshunds, Corgis, and Based Hounds. In these cases, Chiropractic Therapy can lead to a better quality of life for your dog.  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 throughout the Tampa Bay 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. Chiropractic therapy for dogs can sometimes discover subluxations even if you are there to help with something else. Some symptoms of subluxation (when joints 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 upstairs

Things Your Dog May Experience After Chiropractic Care

  • He or she might take a nap and seem sleepy the rest of the day
  • Your Dog may seem more playful than usual
  • They might be a little tender in the treated area
  • And just like humans, your pet will more than likely require more than one adjustment.

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 therapy
  • Hydrotherapy
  • Regenerative stem-cell therapy
  • Spinal surgery
  • Weight loss programs

If you are in the Tampa Bay area, then give us a call today for more information or to schedule a consultation at 727-521-3518. You can also go online to learn more about our services and contact us anytime.