California State Law requires a veterinary referral for all animal chiropractic care. Please remember, chiropractic care is not a substitute for veterinary care. Dr. Sarah Fermor, DC completed a comprehensive course in animal chiropractic at A.C.E.S. And is certified by the American Veterinary Chiropractic Association (AVCA).
If you are interested in chiropractic care for your animals, contact us to discuss the options for beginning the working relationship with your veterinarian.
Chiropractic care for your canine, feline, or equine is very similar to the care you would receive. The purpose of chiropractic care for your pet is to use a hands-on, drug-free approach to re-establish clear pathways of communication within the nervous system, thereby allowing the body to function at an optimum level.
A chiropractic adjustment may consist of lighter touch soft tissue manipulations or deeper force manipulations to the spine and extremities. Depending on your pets needs, additional muscle work, stretching, and exercise/lifestyle modifications may be recommended.
Common indicators your animal may need chiropractic care:
- They have a decrease in level of performance
- Loss of wind capacity (rib subluxations will affect oxygen levels and lead to fatigue)
- Problems or difficulty moving, climbing up stairs, jumping on the couch, getting into the car, or agility obstacles
- Behavioral changes (starting to snap, refusal to play with family members)
- Problems eating or refusal to play with toys
- Altered gait, short striding, uneven strides, nail dragging, stumbling
- Diagnosed conditions such are degenerative arthritis
- Muscle imbalances
- Abnormal posture when standing, holding tail to one side, tilting head
- Injuries resulting from falls, training, or other activities
- Weak immune system
- Whining or groaning when laying down or trying to stand