Pet Chiropractic Care for Rehabilitation

Chiropractic care for pets is guided by the same principals as human chiropractic care. In chiropractic, the spine is the focal point for treating certain musculoskeletal problems as well as some diseases, particularly those that affect mobility. It can be used correctively or preventively as in athletic or service dogs who are prone to injury. At Pewaukee Veterinary Service, our certified veterinary chiropractor, Dr. Ann-Margret Morgan uses her experience in integrative medicine to assess and treat your pet’s unique condition.

When We Recommend Chiropractic

Chiropractic care generally treats mobility problems, but nervous system issues can improve with spinal manipulation as well. Chiropractic care can benefit any pet, but in some situations, it’s more warranted. Common conditions we recommend pet chiropractic for include:

  • Chronic neck or back pain
  • Hip dysplasia
  • Joint injuries
  • Cruciate ligament injuries
  • Cervical instability
  • Orthopedic surgery recovery
  • Intervertebral disk disease
  • Urinary/fecal incontinence
  • And more

Spinal manipulation can also help sport dogs maintain their athleticism and senior pets maintain their mobility.

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What to Expect at a Chiropractic Visit

Pet chiropractic care is generally not a one-and-done service. It may take several adjustments for your pet to regain their full mobility. When you visit Dr. Ann-Margret for a chiropractic appointment, here’s what you can expect:

  • Dr. Ann-Margret will start by fully assessing your pet with range of motion and motion palpitation techniques. She’ll look for signs of discomfort and areas of restriction.
  • After identifying any restriction, she will evaluate the level of pain your pet may be in. If it is severe, she will postpone the adjustment until your pet’s pain is more manageable (pain medication is often used to lessen pain).
  • Once your pet’s pain is reduced, Dr. Ann-Margret performs the adjustment using a quick, precise movement that relieves the tension.
Cat playing on floor: Pet Chiropractic Care in Pewaukee

The Effects of Chiropractic

It is not uncommon for pets to be very sleepy and lethargic a day or two after their chiropractic session. This is completely normal and your pet will be back to their playful selves in no time. While some pets do show immediate improvement after one session, some require more adjustments. Regardless, routine adjustments are necessary to maintain your pet’s full mobility and quality of life. Dr. Ann-Margret will come up with an appropriate schedule for your pet so they get the most out of their chiropractic care.