When thinking of chiropractic or physical therapy, many people may assume they are something solely for humans. However, visiting a dog chiropractor in Tampa can benefit your pet as much as a human medical professional may help you. Issues such as obesity are prevalent not only in people but animals as well. In fact, throughout the United States, there has been a startling increase in domestic animal obesity rates. If you are noticing that your typically active pet is now mostly immobile, chiropractic services may help correct this.

In addition, your pet may develop issues that are unavoidable due to genetics. These breeds require extra care to ensure that genetic conditions do not worsen or shorten the animal’s lifespan. Many larger breeds also suffer from early arthritis such as Labrador Retrievers and Rottweilers. Greyhounds are commonly a racing breed, and because of this, they can also suffer from joint pain at an early age. While dogs enjoy and need an active lifestyle to be healthy, they can still damage ligaments from overexertion. At Tampa Bay K9 Rehabilitation Center, a dog chiropractor can provide care that may help your furry friend live longer and reduce their discomfort.

How Obesity Affects Dogs

When it comes to the effects of being overweight, animals can develop issues rapidly as the weight places pressure on organs. The negative impact of being overweight causes more than simple discomfort and can affect certain dogs more. Some breeds, such as Dachshunds, have elongated bodies and short legs. As more fat builds up on their underbelly, it can drag their body closer to the floor. This strains the spinal cord and may result in a slipped disc. Also known as intervertebral disc disease, this condition can be serious and may require surgery. If caught in time, a dog chiropractor may be able to prevent the condition from worsening. Tampa pet owners may notice a variety of symptoms due to intervertebral disc disease such as:

  • Difficulty moving and jumping
  • Pain and discomfort
  • Anxiety
  • Muscle spasms
  • Tense muscles
  • Lack of appetite
  • Constant barking or yowling

One way to help avoid problems from spinal misalignments is to engage in proper exercise and avoid overfeeding. Other treatments such as regenerative therapy may also help by combating the loss of cartilage in between joints. In the case that it is already a problem, losing weight and an exercise regiment may reduce pain and stress along the spine. See a dog chiropractor to learn the best way for your pet to heal.

How a Dog Chiropractor Can Improve Your Pet’s Quality of Life

At Tampa Bay K9 Rehabilitation Center, we offer services such as hydrotherapy. When it comes to combating animal obesity, hydrotherapy is beneficial when walking or running is difficult. While it may be a slow progression, obesity can lead to issues that restrict movement. Hydrotherapy allows your pet to exercise without joint pain or the usual discomforts they may have. Without any surgical procedures, a dog chiropractor may improve the mobility and health of your furry pal. Hydrotherapy may involve underwater treadmills or swimming exercises.

Tampa Bay K9 Rehab Center and Injury Rehabilitation

At Tampa Bay K9 Rehabilitation, your injured pup can benefit from services using non-invasive technology such as cold laser therapy. Low-level laser therapy, also known as cold laser therapy, utilizes photons to penetrate slightly beneath the skin. There, photons from the laser excite cells, which results in faster healing. For injuries that do not necessarily require surgery or for rehabilitation post-surgery, cold laser therapy offers a safe and simple means of pain reduction and healing. Areas suffering from inflammation such as muscles and joints may also benefit from its potential in stimulating cell growth. The process has been a point of research for decades, and many studies conclude that it has a significant effect.

Tampa residents can contact us either online or at (727) 521-3518 to schedule an appointment with a professional dog chiropractor as soon as possible.