HOW WOULD I KNOW MY DOG NEEDS A CHIROPRACTOR?
I have been adjusting dogs, cats, horses, cows, llamas, goats, sheep and the occasional duck for 22 years and this is the most common question I hear.
First, let’s talk about CHIROPRACTIC which is a gentle, holistic approach to healing that analyzes and treats dysfunction of the spine and joints. CHIROPRACTIC ADJUSTMENTS restore alignment to the spine and joints, reestablishes normal nerve function and allows for a return to health and vitality without surgery or drugs. These gentle adjustments are administered by hand.
Indications for CHIROPRACTIC CARE include limping, trouble getting up or down, age related issues, recovery from injury or illness.
Most of the dogs I see are older and just can’t do the things they used to do. One of my favorite patients is Sunny. Sunny is a 13 year-old Golden Retriever who came in to his first visit with two tennis balls wedged in his mouth. Sunny had stopped playing fetch and no longer climbed on the bed at night. His owners hoped we could make him a little more comfortable. By his second visit, Sunny felt years younger. He was back to daily fetch and hogging the bed. Sunny’s sister Stormy now comes in monthly as well. Sunny and Stormy’s owners are thrilled with the improved energy and movement they see with both of their older dogs, even if it means they have to share the bed with two big dogs again.
by Dr Nikki Johnson
Dr. Nikki Johnson is a Wisconsin licensed Doctor of Chiropractics. She graduated from Palmer College of Chiropractic and the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She is certified in Animal Chiropractic by the American Veterinary Chiropractic Association.
She works on small animals at Oakview Vet and does barn calls for large animals. Visit her website: https://drnikkijohnson.com