Animal Connections - Integrative Care, P.A.
How do I know if my dog needs to be adjusted?
 
It is common for subluxations to cause pain when present.  Dogs that are in pain will often compensate in their gait or posture.  An animal may also refuse to perform usual activities or have a change in attitude or behavior.
 
The following symptoms in a dog may indicate pain caused by a subluxation:
 

  • Unusual posture while standing
  • Reluctance to move
  • “Puppy sitting” or sitting with hind legs off to one side
  • Decreased performance
  • Wringing or tucking tail
  • Change in behavior such as fear biting
  • Discomfort when taking off or putting on collar or harness
  • Sensitivity to touch
  • Inability to climb stairs or jump onto raised areas
  • Discomfort when taking off or putting on collar or harness
  • The animal lies on only one side
  • Signs of pain when performing certain movements or being lifted
  • Unwillingness to go over jumps or obstacles.
  • Apprehension or pain in facial expression.

 
Subluxations can also cause changes a dog's biomechanics, muscle strenth, coordination, and flexibility.  Additional indicators of a possible subluxation in dogs include:
 

  • Decreased coordination when moving
  • Pacing gait
  • Differences in muscle size and/or tone
  • Partial weakness or paralysis
  • Stumbling while walking
  • Overall stiffness
  • The back does not swing
  • Gait irregularity that can't be assigned to a particular leg
  • Stiffness on one side of the body or neck
  • Abnormal movement patterns, i.e. sidewind or crab
  • Shortened stride in one or more legs
  • Overall decreased range of motion in gait
  • Recurrent anal gland infections
  • Recurrent ear infections

How do I know if my cat needs to be adjusted?
 
It is common for subluxations to cause pain when present.  Cats that are in pain will often compensate in their gait or posture.  An animal may also refuse to perform usual activities or have a change in attitude or behavior. 
 
Your cat may benefit from chiropractic care if you notice any of the following:

  • Uneven pelvis or hips
  • Back, neck, leg, or tail pain
  • Weakness 
  • Sensitivity to touch
  • Decrease in flexibility
  • Joint pain
  • Altered gait
  • Stiffness
  • Head tilt
  • Difficulty or hesitating when jumping
  • Tail to one side or hanging abnormally
  • Injuries resulting from slips, fall, or accidents
  • Sudden changes in behavior or personality
  • A look of apprehension or pain in facial expression
  • Muscle atrophy (loss), imbalance, or spasm
  • Movement problems or pain caused by jumping off of
          high places or incorrect landings
  • Jaw problems, or difficulty when eating or chewing

 
If you have any questions or would like to make an appointment please contact Dr. Kyla at (952)201-3478 or email DrKyla@animalcic.com or Dr. Maya at  (952)406-2780 or email DrMaya@animalcic.com.
 
 
 
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