Frequently Asked Questions about Animal Chiropractic

What is Animal Chiropractic?

Chiropractic is a method of healing the body rooted in the knowledge that all of the body’s cells, tissues, organs and systems are controlled by the central nervous system, which is housed within the spine.

The process – and benefits – of chiropractic are very similar for animals as they are for us humans.  Dr. Ginette will look for abnormal and restricted movement of the joints of the spine and extremities.  She will then adjust as necessary to restore proper movement, reduce pain, improve mobility, and allow the nervous system and body to function at its maximum healthy potential.

What is a Chiropractic adjustment?

A Chiropractic adjustment is a highly skilled and precise movement applied by the hands to the spine or any other joints in the body. Adjustments are gentle, and use minimal pressure to restore proper function to the joint and stimulate the neuro-musculoskeletal system. Dr. Ginette always adapts her adjustments to meet the needs of your pet.

Why would my pet see a Certified Animal Chiropractor?

Owners seek Chiropractic care for their pets for many reasons. Chiropractic care is tremendously beneficial for healthy animals, and can also be used to treat animals that are experiencing specific problems and conditions.

Chiropractic care helps your pet’s body function at its best, and facilitates its ability to heal itself – in that regard, the possibilities are endless. Because the nervous system controls the entire body, many owners bring their pets in for chiropractic care even when they are not clinically symptomatic or having a particular issue.

Chiropractic care is appropriate for many reasons:

  • Relief from back, neck, leg and tail pain
  • Strains and sprains
  • Muscles spasms
  • Nerve problems
  • Movement issues
  • Jaw / TMJ problems or difficulty chewing
  • Injuries from slips and falls
  • Puppies – ensuring proper development
  • Elderly and geriatric pets
  • Arthritis, osteoarthritis
  • Enhanced athletic performance
  • Asymmetric postures

We welcome inquiries at any time and Dr. Ginette is always happy to speak in person about how animal chiropractic could benefit your animal.

What can I expect on my pet’s first visit?

When you arrive for your first Chiropractic visit, you’ll be given an intake form to fill out (or we can email it ahead and you can bring it completed). From there, Dr. Ginette will start by discussing your pet’s health and any issues or concerns you may have.

From there, she will complete a thorough examination. If you have had any tests performed by your veterinarian or records that pertain to the issue you are consulting for, please bring in a copy. If your veterinarian has x-rays on file, please ask to temporarily sign them out or have your vet email them to us at info@holisticwellnesscentre.com, if they are digital.

After the exam, Dr. Ginette will discuss with you what she found and how she can help your pet with Chiropractic adjustments and any other recommendations.  After consent, she can adjust your pet on this first visit.  This first visit will last approximately 30 minutes.

What can I expect after my pet’s first visit? Are there follow up visits?

Dr. Ginette might give you specific instructions to follow at home after your pet’s first adjustment depending on their condition. For example: a period of rest, no strenuous activity, or ice therapy. Often, animals show signs of improvement over the first couple of hours and days after their first adjustment as their nervous system begins to heal and function better.  Some animals might feel the need to rest as the body is healing, which is completely normal.  

In many cases, a follow up visit will be necessary to evaluate the improvements from the first visit and determine how your pet is responding to Chiropractic care. Each animal’s case is different and Dr. Ginette will evaluate and determine the needs for your pet. All follow up visits take approximately 15 minutes.

Does my pet need care?

Animals cannot tell us when they have small aches and pains. They carry on by changing their gait, their behaviour and their movements to compensate for their discomfort.  These changes may go unnoticed until obvious signs such as stiffness, limping, avoiding activities, or yelping occur. During an assessment, Dr. Ginette is trained to detect these small changes, then subsequently provide treatment and preventing further injury.

Here are a few signs to look for:

  • Pain or sensitivity to touch
  • Changes in behaviour
  • “Not moving right”
  • Difficulty getting up or down
  • Asymmetric postures
  • Abnormal gait
  • Poor or decreased performance
  • Changes in their ability to manage stairs, jump on furniture or into the car

Will an adjustment hurt?

An adjustment uses minimal force and gentle pressure. Most pets enjoy coming in for an adjustment. On occasion, pets who come in with tense muscles due to pain or discomfort may feel some slight discomfort and/or sensitivity – but it is temporary, and not a sign that anything is wrong.

What kind of training does Dr. Ginette have?

Dr. Ginette has completed her certification in Animal Chiropractic at the Veterinary Chiropractic Learning Centre in Ontario and is certified by the College of Animal Chiropractors.  The program is available to Doctors of Chiropractic and Veterinarians to complete this specialized training for dogs and horses.

Have more questions and want to find out if animal chiropractic would be good for your pet? Contact us today!