• Dr. Kayla Abeid, DC, CAC

Is your pet subluxated?

The motion and movement of an animal depends on each individual bone in their spine to work together fluidly. Each segment contributes to every movement, and when one or two bones are subluxated there is a domino effect throughout the rest of the body. When one or two bones are misaligned, the surrounding vertebrae become hyper mobile to maintain the normal range of motion. This hyper-mobility makes the spine especially vulnerable, thus making the rest of the body vulnerable.

Subluxations directly affect the nervous system of any animal. The weight of a feather on a nerve is enough to decrease the transmission of nerves by 60%. Data in the nervous system travels both ways, though. When a vertebra is misaligned and there is pressure on a nerve, animals have a hard time knowing where their limbs are in space causing them to walk or run awkwardly.

If their subluxations go unchecked, muscle tightness and spasms can turn into pain, weakness, joint issues, degeneration of their muscles, and many other symptoms.

Signs of subluxation:

1. Distorted, awkward walking or limping

2. Decreased energy, lethargy

3. Shallow or labored breathing

4. Less agility when jumping, playing, or climbing stairs

5. Loss of interest in eating and playing

6. Abnormal posture

a. Choosing to stand on uneven ground for comfort

7. Shaking their head, ear problems, allergies, tremors

8. Holding toys in one side of their mouth rather than in the middle

9. Digestive issues

10. Repetitive infections

Similar to humans, subluxations in animals can take time to make themselves known. Microscopic changes and injuries build up to larger issues. A decrease in nerve flow does not discriminate which part of the body degenerates. The domino effect of subluxation can lead to infections, spinal disease, stiffness, tremors, and eventual organ failure in animals. It’s our responsibility to pick up on the signs our pets give so they live long, comfortable lives with us!

The goal of an animal chiropractor is to restore function and mobility to the subluxated vertebra in an effort to re-connect the nervous system, which allows the body to perform at its optimum potential. Chiropractic can also enhance healing and improve range of motion in dogs injured during sporting events, and can enhance their performance prior to competition.​ Most animals enjoy their adjustment and relax during the appointment.

This February, and in 2020, let’s all share the love and health we have by giving back. Look into your local animal shelter for ways to donate time or money to their facility. If each of us can do a little, we can make a difference in the lives of innocent animals everywhere! With volunteers and resources, shelter animals could face less traumas.

Living LOVE & LIGHT to you,

Some chiropractors adjust animals without going through the training, but the animal spine & anatomy is different than a human’s, thus we suggest only choosing a chiropractor that has the training through a certified animal chiropractic program. Chiropractic Care is not intended to replace traditional veterinary care, but is considered an alternative therapy, to be used concurrently and in conjunction with veterinarian care. We work with veterinarians who refer their clients to us. Let us know if we can answer your questions about animal chiropractic.

About the AVCA

AVCA certification is awarded only to licensed Doctors of Chiropractic and/or veterinary medicine who have passed an accredited postgraduate program in animal chiropractic. These doctors are also required to pass both the written comprehensive and clinical competency examinations offered by the Animal Chiropractic Certification Commission (ACCC) of the AVCA. All doctors certified by the AVCA must complete continuing education hours to maintain their certification. For more information about the AVCA visit their website at www.animalchiropractic.org.

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