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Animal Chiropractic at Campbell Chiropractic

Next-Level Animal Care

Most people recognize that loving and caring for their pets extends beyond providing basic food and shelter. Quality pet health care is no longer limited to spaying and immunizations. Often, people seek ways to achieve and maintain optimal health for their four-legged companion; others may want conservative alternatives to surgery or, if possible, avoid long-term medication use.

Certified Animal Chiropractors like Dr. Cam at Campbell Chiropractic offer non-surgical, drug-free options for correcting joint, disc, and soft-tissue disorders related to improper skeletal alignment and/or movement. When a joint becomes restricted in its movement(or “jammed-up”) through trauma, injury, degenerative wear and tear, or structural stresses, surrounding tissues are affected, in turn, further affecting the joint’s ability to move freely and can become painful as surrounding nerves and pain-sensitive structures are activated.

Nerves are the communication links from joints to the brain and spinal cord; messages to other areas of the body can be affected, leading to pain, weakness, and reduced function. Animal chiropractic focuses on restoring movement and promoting and preserving health by restoring normal joint mechanics and soft-tissue function, thus, normalizing neurological patterns that facilitate optimal healing.

Dog adjustment

Pet Wellness Care

Chiropractic care is not limited to an injured or sick pet. Healthy and athletic animals are ideal candidates for chiropractic care. Maintaining proper structural alignment allows the optimal function of muscles, nerves, and tissues supporting the joints, resulting in improved movement, stance, and flexibility.

Good alignment promotes increased agility, endurance, and overall performance. Broader benefits include superior immune function, healthier metabolism, and a vibrant nervous system, facilitating your animal’s natural healing ability. Chiropractic care can enhance the quality of your pet’s life, ensuring active and healthy years.

Now, more and more veterinarians are providing chiropractic services at their offices since animal chiropractors examine and address areas of biomechanics and the functional nervous system that often go unnoticed by traditional veterinary care. By working in conjunction with veterinarians, animal chiropractors aid in restoring your pet’s optimal health with a holistic approach.

Please note that animal chiropractic does NOT assume the responsibility of primary health care of animals or replace veterinary medicine.

What to Expect

Your First Visit

On your first visit, we may ask about the following about your pet:

  • Complete medical history, including the list of past illnesses, previous traumas or injuries, surgeries, medications taken, tests performed, and any diagnostic imaging received or recommended
  • Name of veterinarian and previous diagnosis or working diagnosis
  • Description of present condition or concerns
  • Expectations of treatment
  • Steps taken to manage condition
  • Exercise level or description of animal job/activity
  • Animal’s home environment (ie, other pets in the home, etc.)

Evaluations on Visits

Certified Animal Chiropractors are specifically trained in the art and science of animal chiropractic and may perform the following evaluations on first and subsequent visits:

  • Gait and movement analysis, including specific ranges of motion testing of the spine and extremities
  • Analysis of posture and structural levels
  • Physical examination, including reflexes, static and motion palpation, cranial nerve and neurological examinations, muscle testing, etc.
  • Specific chiropractic examination to detect areas of joint restrictions or areas of hypomobility, often called subluxations
  • Determining if the presenting condition is indeed a chiropractic case or requires referral to a primary veterinarian for further evaluation or testing

Schedule Today

We offer care for dogs and would love to help your animals feel and function their best! Contact us today to book an appointment.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is animal chiropractic?

Simply put, animal chiropractors look for abnormal or restricted movement of the joints of the spine and extremities, which affect the nervous system and the entire body. The goal of the animal chiropractor is to restore proper movement of the affected joints to reduce pain, improve mobility and allow the nervous system and body to function at its maximum healthy potential.

How long does an appointment take?

The first visit takes approximately 20 to 30 minutes, and follow-up visits take approximately 15 to 20 minutes.

Can an adjustment make my animal worse?

Sometimes after an adjustment, the animal can be mildly sore, but this is usually no cause for concern and will resolve quickly. When performed correctly by a Certified Animal Chiropractor, adjustments are safe and effective in treating your animal.

Does a chiropractic adjustment hurt?

Occasionally during an adjustment, the animal can experience brief discomfort if the area is inflamed, but this is not typical. Most animals really enjoy their chiropractic adjustments!

What kind of training does a Certified Animal Chiropractor have?

  • They are either a Doctor of Chiropractic or a Veterinarian
  • They have successfully completed animal chiropractic training from an approved school.
  • They can be further certified either by:
    • CoAC (College of Animal Chiropractors)
    • AVCA (American Veterinary Chiropractic Association)
    • IVCA (International Veterinary Chiropractic Association)

How do you adjust an animal?

The word “chiropractic” comes from the Greek meaning “To perform with the hands.” Adjusting an animal is somewhat similar to adjusting a human: once the doctor finds an area that has either decreased or restricted motion, the doctor applies a low force, quick impulse, or “thrust” to a specific area of a joint in a specific direction or angle, thereby restoring normal movement. A Certified Animal Chiropractor knows animal anatomy very well and adjusts specific joint segments using special techniques created for the species.

Animal Chiropractic Oshawa, Whitby, Courtice, Ajax, & Bowmanville ON | (905) 725-0000