Eileen L. Haworth, DC
Certified by the American
Veterinary Chiropractic Association
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
to Detect Imbalance
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
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
5. A telling tail:
watch your dogs tail, if it sets to one side or is tucked, joint dysfunction
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
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
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
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
Ask your dog to sit, then beg with itís front legs. This is a variation of
4.Dance with your dog-hind legs
Allow the dog to jump up on you. Gently hold the front legs and move with
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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