• Dr. Kayla Abeid, DC, CAC

My pet started talking.

What if animals could actually talk to us! How simple it would be if they told us exactly what they need. Would they tell us how they feel, what they like to eat, what their favorite toys are, or even what they dislike? Regardless of whether or not your animal starts talking to you tomorrow, there are some tell-tale signs your animal may be telling you about their health!

The only way that you will truly know if your dog has a subluxation present in their spine is to have it examined by an AVCA certified doctor. However, there are a few things that you can do at home that may give you an indication that your animal would benefit from chiropractic care.

1. Observe your animal as it turns it head to eat a treat held at their shoulder. Your animal should be able to turn its head equally to the left and to the right without their head tilting as they reach side to side. Many animals will try to twist or bend their heads in order to get to the treat, this may be a sign that there is a subluxation present in their spine.

2. You can also check your animal’s leg length. The hind legs of the animal should be even in length when their spine is in proper alignment. To check their leg length, lift their hind legs off the floor and see if the heels are parallel or in line with one another. For larger animals, you can lay a straight object across their hind end to see if it sits parallel to the floor. If the legs or straight object is uneven or higher on one side this may indicate a subluxation present in their spine.

3. When checking leg length, hold the animal’s hind end up and turn their head to the left and to the right. Their legs should remain balanced if their spine is in proper alignment. If there are subluxations present in their upper spine or pelvis region, you will see the leg lengths shorten unilaterally when turning their head to either side.

4. Look for uneven heat distribution, tenderness or swelling around the joints and length of the spine. Areas of heat, points of tenderness, or swelling are all indicators of subluxation.

Here are a few other indicators of subluxation:

1. Decrease in performance level -laziness, reluctance, fatigue

2. Loss of wind capacity, breathing disruptions during sport

3. Difficulty moving or jumping

4. Behavioral changes

5. Problems eating

6. Refusing to play with toys

7. Short strides, uneven gait, clumsiness

8. Arthritic conditions

9. Muscle spasm, imbalance, or atrophy

10. Abnormal posture

11. Head shaking, chronic ear problems, allergies

12. Injuries from traumas such as falls, training, or other related activities

13. Stressful situations – poor conformations, training equipment, increased cage time, fear

14. Chronic and systemic disease conditions, repetitive infections,

15. Weak immune system

Chiropractic is the art, science, and philosophy that restores nervous system function and releases the inherent recuperative powers of the body to heal the body from the inside out. Keep in mind, chiropractic does not replace traditional veterinary medicine but works very well in conjunction with it.

Correcting subluxations present in the animal’s spine restores proper spinal alignment and full range of motion to the joint, which restores optimal nervous system function. Therefore, chiropractic corrects that cause, and doesn’t simply cover up the symptom.

Contact us today to get your animal’s spine checked for subluxations and start their journey to optimal health.

Dr. Kayla Abeid


AVCA Certified Animal Chiropractor

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