February 2017

Chiropractic Care for your Pets

Author: Dr. Courtney VanAcker

What’s the fuss with animal chiropractic, and why do my pets need it?

The easiest answer is to keep them happy and healthy. Chiropractic affects the spine and nervous system, which is essentially the computer of your pet’s body. Bones of the spine can become misaligned, or stuck, and cause pressure on the nervous system. Any abnormal input or output to the nervous system will cause things to breakdown and not communicate properly, therefore causing disease and dysfunction within the body.

Most commonly, owners seek chiropractic treatment for pets if they observe them not moving properly or if they appear to be in pain. Your pet may limp or favor one side of the body, may stop playing, or decide to lie down and not move at all. While chiropractic is most certainly necessary at these times, problems can be starting well before your animal shows any obvious signs or symptoms. It is always a good idea to get your pets checked by a certified animal chiropractor as a preventative measure to keep them as healthy as possible. It is much easier to get an asymptomatic problem under control than it is to wait until significant damage has been done to the tissues.

Chiropractic is a great addition to traditional veterinary medicine, particularly if you wish to promote optimal wellness and quality of life for your animal. Animals of all shapes and sizes benefit from chiropractic care, whether they are young, aging, athletic, or simply four-legged family members.

For more information or to schedule your pet’s chiropractic evaluation, contact Dr. Courtney VanAcker at LowCountry Animal Chiropractic, (843) 226-6133.

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