Animal Chiropractic


Congratulations on choosing chiropractic care as part of your dog’s health and longevity plan. Here is some important information regarding our services.

Animal chiropractic works to reduce stress on the musculoskeletal and nervous systems. This is helpful not only for sick or injured animals, but also for performance and athletic animals, as well as anyone seeking to prevent injury and enhance their pet’s overall comfort and well-being.

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The goal of an adjustment is to ensure or restore proper motion to the joints of the spine and extremities. This is done by applying a directed thrust to the specific anatomical structure(s) involved. This allows the release of entrapped tissues, helps to break up adhesions and scar tissue, and stretches tight muscles. The result is decreased pain, increased motion, and increased nerve function and balance.

Most dogs find adjustments very enjoyable. They know what feels good to them and they usually lean into the process.

Sometimes the areas Dr. Shelley is working with are tender or sore. She is very careful to work at a speed that is both comfortable for the dog and ultimately most productive. She may feed your dog treats (if their diet allows) or ask you to do so. You may be asked to pet or talk to your animal during the adjustment. In rare cases, a loose-fitting muzzle may be used to ensure the safety of all parties – this would be discussed in advance and done in a way that most animals generally do not mind.

Please remember – healing takes time! Sometimes you will notice a difference in your pet’s comfort, gait, or demeanor immediately. Sometimes you will not see anything right away, but may notice small changes over the next several days. In more severe cases, a series of adjustments may be necessary before the animal starts to feel “better.” Every adjustment moves the healing process forward, even if it doesn’t look like anything is “different” right away. With patience and consistency, your buddy will be feeling better soon.

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