Carp Road Animal Hospital

1054 Carp Road
Stittsville, ON K2S 1B9


dog getting chiropractic


What is animal chiropractic?

Animal chiropractic is a field of animal health care that focuses on the preservation and health of the neuro-musculo-skeletal system.  All animals have spines subject to stresses that cause the vertebra (spinal bones) to lose proper motion.If the movement and biomechanics of the vertebra become dysfunctional, they can interfere with the performance of the nerves.  The basic premise of chiropractic care is to correct the vertebral motion and decrease pain, increase function and to maintain adequate nerve supply that is vital to the proper functioning of the entire body. 

Chiropractic also has preventative importance since adjustments eliminate subclinical problems, as well as resolve clinical dysfunction or symptoms. Animal chiropractic is a good compliment to regular veterinary care.

Who should my pet receive a spinal exam?

An animal can receive a chiropractic exam at any time. If there is an underlying health concern it is recommended that you speak with your veterinarian first to rule out other causes of pain or dysfunction. If your pet has an underlying health concern, Dr. Tracey can communicate with your veterinarian to ensure that the chiropractic treatment will be safe an effective for their condition.

Clues that your dog or cat may require care include but are not limited to;

  • Inability or reluctance to jump or climb
  • Irritability - especially when touched in certain areas
  • Limping or stiffness after exercise or after resting for a while
  • Trouble with the stairs
  • Hesitation to go for walks, slower on walks

What happens during an animal chiropractic appointment?

Each chiropractic appointment consists of a whole body evaluation of movement, muscle tone and range of motion. Treatment may consist of manipulation and/or mobilization of the spine and extremities, or soft tissue work, depending on the needs of your animal. The chiropractor will also prescribe exercises that can be done at home and will give you recommendations to prevent the issue from retuning in the future. 

Most animals really enjoy being adjusted. Dr. Tracey is very gentle and won't use excessive force on your animals' spine. She can modify her techniques and pressure based on the age and size of your animal. 

Most pets respond very quickly to chiropractic care an owners should notice an improvement within 1-3 visits. If there is no improvement after three visits Dr. Tracey can communicate with your veterinarian to find the root cause of the issue, or recommend other alternative types of therapy to try. 

If you have any further questions or to book and appointment please call: 613-831-2965