Eileen L. Haworth, DC

Certified by the American
Veterinary Chiropractic Association

Detecting Imbalance             

Top 10 Reasons to Get Chiropractic Care for Your Pet

1.  Refusing to go over jumps
2.  Difficulty getting up and down
3.  Puppy sitting with rear legs off to one side
4.  Abnormal posture when standing
5.  Evasive Maneuvers: dipping head or hollowing back when touched
6.  Sensitivity to touch
7.  Change in Behavior: fear biting, hiding
8.  Wringing or tucking tail
9.  Exhibiting pain when taking off or putting on collar or harness
10.  Facial expression of apprehension or pain

 Ways to Detect Imbalance

1.Level head:
when walking, the head should be held straight, if its tipped to one side or one eye or ear are higher, the spine or skull may have joint dysfunction.

2 Even shoulders:
with dog standing with the shoulders square look down at him the shoulders. The shoulder blades should be even. If one is higher than the other or further away from the spine, this can effect his way of moving and his entire spine.

3 Level hips:
compare the height and angles of her hip bones. Hip bones are easier to find on a lean dog then the more plush models. Uneven hips will immediately affect the hind legs for which the front end will compensate

4.Leg length difference:
standing behind your dog or cat, carefully lift the hind legs by grasping the thighs close to the abdomen. The dog or cat should be standing on their front legs. Compare the length of the back legs-does one appear shorter? The animal may have a pelvic or low back dysfunction, for which the front end will compensate.

5. A telling tail:
watch your dogs tail, if it sets to one side or is tucked, joint dysfunction is likely

6. Traveling straight:
watch your dog walk. The hind end should follow the front in a straight path. If the hind appears off to one side a pelvic subluxation is likely.

7. Small paw print
walk your dog in sand or over a dark floor with flour on her feet. The injured leg will have a smaller paw print.

Simple stretches to improve your animalís flexibility

1. Poll stretch: (between and behind ears)
offer a treat between the front legs. Only allow them to get the treat if they flex their head reach between the front legs.

2. Side to side: (neck stretch)
offer a treat at the shoulder forcing the dog to turn its neck to one side to get the treat.

3. Hamstring stretch: (back of thigh above hock)
lay your dog on her side, gently bring with the top back leg toward her head.

4. Quadriceps stretch:( front of thigh above hock)
lay your dog on this side, gently bring the top back leg toward the tail.

Simple exercises to improve your animalís strength

1.Wave-front limbs
teach your dog to wave. With the dog sitting ask the dog to raise itís paw as if to shake.
Train the dog to lift itís paw higher and shake the paw up and down

2.Wheelbarrow-front limbs
pick your dog up around itís waist so that the dog is standing on itís front legs. Ask the dog to walk on itís front legs

3.Beg-hind limbs
Ask your dog to sit, then beg with itís front legs. This is a variation of the wave

4.Dance with your dog-hind legs
Allow the dog to jump up on you. Gently hold the front legs and move with small steps

Vet Advisory: Animal chiropractic is in no way a substitute for regular veterinary care. Your animal Chiropractor works only by referral from your Vet to ensure the best possible care for your animal.

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