Signs Your Pet May Have a Subluxation
Symptoms in a pet with a subluxation can range from mild to severe. Generally, if there is pain, you'll notice a change in your pet's behavior.
- Increased panting
- Pacing or yelping
- Abnormal sitting or standing
- Coordination problems
- Foot dragging
- Strange head or tail movements
- Discomfort from collar or harness
- Refusing to jump
- Development of fear biting
- Touch sensitvity
Sometimes you can even detect a pain response in your pet's facial expression.
Other Problems Subluxations Can Lead To:
- Difficulty going up and down stairs
- Muscle atrophy
- Changes in gait like 'sidewinding' or 'crabbing'
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- Progressive Myelopathies (“down in rear”)
- Hip Dysplasia-like symptoms
- Narrowing Discs and other Disc Related Disease
- GI Disorders
- Agility Dysfunction
- Urinary and Fecal Incontinence
- Tendonitis and Bursitis
- Wasting Disease
- Dermal Ulcers
How Chiropractic Care Helps Pets
Chiropractic care is an excellent way to prevent and treat joint degeneration in your pet. Proper vertebral alignment keeps the body from shifting into unhealthy positions to compensate for joint pain caused by injury or degeneration.
Regular non-manual orthopedic adjusting, especially with large and giant breed dogs, will help keep the musculoskeletal system from degenerating as the aging process occurs. It can also help keep your pet moving comfortably throughout her whole life.
Dogs with floating kneecaps can benefit greatly from chiropractic adjustments to keep the hips and knees in alignment and to help prevent the condition from progressing.
Dogs with hip dysplasia can avoid compensating injuries through chiropractic adjustments as well.
Some pets with urinary incontinence are helped by chiropractic adjustments.
If your pet has been injured, a veterinary chiropractor can help realign the spine to avoid compensating injuries from occurring in addition to the underlying primary injury.
If your pet has had surgery with general anesthesia, it is recommended that you make a visit to the veterinary chiropractor afterwards to realign their body that has potentially been flopping or jerking around while the animal was anesthetized.
Recommended maintenance beneficial proactively reduces the risk of injury and joint degeneration. This is especially good for puppies and kittens because they are 'loose' – their joints are not yet completely formed. With their bones still growing, they are prone to subluxations.