What You Should Know About Pet Chiropractic Services in Clifton Park, NY
Conscientious dog owners are becoming increasingly interested in non-traditional healthcare options for their beloved pets. Use of pet chiropractic services in Clifton Park, NY is a relatively new practice, but can offer some excellent benefits for dogs with a variety of conditions.
It is considered an alternative medicine, and a holistic practice, which means it falls outside the boundaries of traditional “western” medicine- what we most commonly experience in animal and human healthcare systems here in the United States.
What Are Animal Chiropractic Services?
Chiropractic is the use of refined physical manipulation techniques to help resolve skeletal and soft tissue issues. It is spinal adjustment and manipulation which is intended to treat or manage a disease. The American Veterinary Chiropractic Association is one organization that seems to have taken the lead in the United States, in creating a curriculum for professional education and certification.
They are working to ensure consistency in quality of care, and ensuring that all patients seeking veterinary chiropractic care are doing so with well educated professionals.
In some states, it is illegal to practice pet massage or pet chiropractics without being a licensed veterinarian. It should NEVER be attempted by someone who is untrained, as serious damage can be done if techniques are not used appropriately or if an animal is misdiagnosed and treated improperly. Human chiropractors are not trained in veterinary techniques, so unless they are educated and certified by a Veterinary Chiropractic association, they should not attempt it.
Someone with a Doctor of Chiropractic (licensed to practice on humans) can get certification through the AVCA, but their professional designation is “Animal Chiropractor”, and in most or all states they can only practice with veterinarian supervision. A Veterinarian who is certified by the AVCA is known as a “Veterinarian Certified in Animal Chiropractic.”
Benefits of Chiropractic Services for Pets in Clifton Park, NY
Animal chiropractic services can be used in animals, for all of the same reasons as humans would seek chiropractic care. Sudden or long-term spinal problems, pelvis and joint problems, nerve and nervous system problems, might each benefit from chiropractic manipulation.
The practice can also be used across many species. Any animal with a spine (vertebrate) can be the recipient of a chiropractic adjustment. This includes dogs, cats, horses, birds, lizards, cattle, etc. It is popular amongst some handlers and owners of working, show, and athletic animals.
It has been used on horses who need help between dressage trials, dogs who run agility courses, and even animals used for racing. It can even be used in animals with arthritis related pain or mobility challenges.
As with other alternative or adjunctive therapies like massage, acupuncture, or physical therapy, chiropractics can offer owners a drug- free medical management option that can help alleviate the underlying cause of chronic pain. Often, it is used in addition to other pain management options like nerve pain medications, animal- friendly NSAIDS (non-steroidal anti inflammatory drugs), and nutraceutical products (omega-3 supplements, glucosamine and chondroitin, turmeric, and other anti-inflammatory supplements.)
What is Involved in Pet Chiropractic Services?
The time and cost involved in pet chiropractics can vary wildly. The cost itself is completely dependent on who is doing it, where they are located, and how in-demand their services are. Some pet insurance companies are willing to cover alternative therapies so there is less expense for pet owners.
The treatment protocol also depends entirely on the animal, why they need chiropractic services, how severe their condition is, how they respond, and whether or not they relapse after a treatment protocol has been completed. Many conditions require a long- term series of treatments to resolve or significantly improve.
For animals with chronic arthritis pain and mobility issues, they may need periodic adjustments for the rest of their life to adequately control the symptoms. For animal athletes, they might need adjustment every time they are put to work.
Treatment protocols will be decided between the pet owner and their chiropractic professional, based on the individual animal’s needs, and their response to initial treatments.
Chiropractic Services for Pet Owners in Clifton Park, NY and the Surrounding Areas
If you are interested in seeking chiropractic care for your animal, talk to your veterinarian about your options today. They may be able to refer you to a chiropractic specialist, or they may be able to indicate if chiropractic is not the best choice for your pet’s condition. If you want to seek out chiropractic care on your own, the American Veterinary Chiropractic Association is a great place to start.
At Cornerstone Veterinary Hospital of Clifton Park, we have the right staff on hand to offer pet owners with outstanding veterinary care that includes pet chiropractic services. Call us today or schedule an appointment online to see if chiropractic services are right for your pet!
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Cornerstone Veterinary Hospital of Clifton Park was founded in 1989 as Animal Care Hospital of Clifton Park. We began with 10 employees, 4 of whom are still working with us today. The name “Cornerstone” has special meaning to Dr. Knott and his family, both because it symbolizes their commitment to “faith, family, and then everything else,” and because it promotes the animal hospital as a cornerstone of the Clifton Park community.