Frequently Asked Questions
Does it hurt for my dog to get adjusted?
Not at all. We try to be very gentle so that your pet is as comfortable as possible. Depending on how much pain your dog is in, some adjustments can be a bit tender but we focus on gentle techniques to alleviate as much discomfort as possible.
What does an adjustment do?
When we evaluate your pet, we are looking for joints that are not moving properly, overall body alignment, tight and tender muscles and poor nerve function. We then adjust the joint to return full range of motion. This can reduce pain, improve nerve function, reduce muscle tightness and reduce further wear and tear on the joints. Chiropractic care is whole body in nature in that by keeping the spine moving properly, we can help improve overall wellbeing.
How long does an adjustment last?
Treatment times usually range from 20-30 minutes depending on the dog and how many adjustments are needed.
What should I do following an adjustment?
When your dog gets adjusted, their parasympathetic nervous system is activated. This causes a rest and digest response. As a result, your pet may be very sleepy after their treatment. It is important to give them time to rest with access to plenty of water for 24 hours after their adjustment. It is not recommended that they go to the dog park or perform in any major sporting events for that 24 hour period. However, light walks are just fine.
How many treatments does it take?
It depends on the injury and how long it has been since their last treatment. The good news is that dogs respond incredibly quickly to chiropractic care. Typically for an acute injury, 4-5 treatments are needed. Once a dog is recovered, many owners choose to do maintenance treatments about once per month or once per quarter to keep them feeling as happy and healthy as possible.