Chiropractic for Pets

Does your pet suffer from behavioral issues or exhibit nervousness?  Are they showing signs of limping or having muscle spasms?  Do they have any internal disorders that have been identified previously?  These are some of the conditions that can benefit by visiting a veterinary spinal manipulation therapist (veterinary chiropractor).  


What is pet chiropractic?


Veterinary chiropractic care is the spinal manipulation of your pet to help restore motion, relieve pain, and create optimal health conditions.  When parts of the spine are not able to move freely, the related segments of nervous system (spinal cord) are not able to effectively send signals between the internal and external environments. By gently re-instating motion in the spine through release techniques, communication can resume and function is restored.  As one of the leading veterinary spinal manipulation therapists in New Jersey, Blue Sage Veterinary Wellness can assist your dog, cat, or other pet with any spine related issues they may have.


How can veterinary chiropractic care help your pet?

There are a variety of benefits a veterinary chiropractor can provide, to help your pet achieve and maintain optimal health.  Assessment and treatment can help preserve the health of your pet’s neuro-musculo-skeletal system.  It can be used to prevent and treat joint degeneration, and realignment can correct unhealthy positions caused by joint pain.  Chiropractic treatment for your pet can help with gait irregularities, stiff joints, disc pain, tail injuries, and helps to regulate the limbic and immune systems.       


Signs and Symptoms

How will I know if my pet may need a veterinary chiropractic treatment?  Generally, when your pet is experiencing pain and discomfort, you will see a noticeable change in their behavior.  For example, a dog that is in pain will often pant more than normal.  Your pet may be pacing or begin to sit or stand in an awkward position.  The discomfort can range from mild to severe.  Your pet may begin vocalizing by moaning, yowling, or crying in pain.  Your pet may seem lethargic and show sensitivity to being touched in certain areas.  They might exhibit problems with their coordination, such as dragging their feet or moving their head or tail in a strange way.  Other indicators include stiffness, lameness, atrophy, changes in gait, stumbling, weakness and paralysis.  These signs and symptoms indicate that your pet is having a pain response and should be seen by a veterinarian.  


Diagnosis and Treatment
When you visit Blue Sage Veterinary Wellness we will begin by taking a detailed history on your pet, as well as a thorough physical exam including and Traditional Chinese medicine exam, to help diagnose the problem.  We will develop a comprehensive picture of your pet’s lifestyle and health status which will help determine if veterinary chiropractic treatment will help.  Once we have diagnosed the problem we can begin to administer chiropractic adjustments to correct the abnormality.  The adjustments will restore the normal positioning of your pets vertebrae, which will alleviate pain and assist the body to begin the process of healing.