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Why Animal Chiropractic?

Dr. Stephen Ford is a certified animal chiropractor by the Animal Chiropractic Certification Commission (ACCC) of the American Veterinary Chiropractic Association (AVCA).  This practice, service, and certification is in no way associated with the Texas Board of Chiropractic Examiners (TBCE).  The TBCE does not support the practice of animal chiropractic by a licensed Doctor of Chiropractic in the state of Texas.  Therefore, the TBCE has no liability for Dr. Ford's practice of animal chiropractic.  More information on Dr. Ford's certification and the AVCA can be found at

Animal Chiropractic Care is an alternative, drug less method of health care for animals. This care focuses on the nervous system, in particular the brain and spinal column. The bones of the spine house and protect the spinal cord. Nerves exit the spinal cord between the bones of the spine to all organs and tissues of the body. When the bones of the spine and extremities are not working properly, the flow of energy through the nerves in that area is altered. Altered nerve function can cause pain, disease, fatigue, weakness, poor balance, and immune suppression. The chiropractic adjustment is aimed to remove spinal/joint dysfunction and restore the proper function of the nervous system.

Chiropractic is a philosophy and system of adjusting the spinal column and extremities by hand to restore joint dysfunction, which in turn will remove nerve entrapment/interference, thereby, restoring the body’s natural ability to heal itself. This joint dysfunction is also referred to as a "chiropractic subluxation." A quick thrust with low force will move the segment and restore motion back to the joint. 

​He adjust horses, dogs, and other animals.  A chiropractic adjustment on animals has the same benefits that humans obtain from adjustments.


Need Animal Chiropractic?

Chiropractic care is appropriate treatment for:

  • Neck, back leg and tail pain
  • Muscle spasms, nerve problems
  • Disc problems, joint problems, limping
  • Injuries from slips, falls, accidents
  • Unwilling to turn head and neck in a certain direction
  • Jaw or TMJ problems, difficulty chewing
  • Event or sport injuries
  • Post-surgical care
  • Competitive, athletic events
  • Maintenance of joint and spinal health


Many animals with chronic internal medicine disorders can benefit from regular adjustments.

Has your pet:

  • Change in attitude/behavior
  • Bucking, rearing, or refusals when under saddle
  • Inability to perform at his/her top level
  • Trips/stumbles frequently
  • Head-tossing
  • Bit-chewing
  • Refusal to train
  • Reluctance to saddle
  • Reluctance to bridle/accept bit
  • Refusal to lift feet
  • Notable lameness at a walk, trot, canter or gallop
  • Favors one lead
  • Counter-canters frequently on one lead
  • Won’t come up from turn-out
  • Doesn’t run/play at turn-out
  • Recent falls/injuries
  • Prior falls/injuries
  • Recently had teeth floated
  • Won’t allow ears to be touched
  • Uneven shoe wear
  • Infertility issues in mare or stallion
  • Flinching when touched along spine
  • Had problems getting up and down?
  • Competed in athletic or sporting events?
  • Been anesthetized for surgery?
  • Experienced any recurring conditions such as vomiting or respiratory problems?
  • Experienced any urinary infections, diarrhea or constipation?
  • Had seizures or neurological problems?
  • Reached age seven or more?
  • Gone longer than a year without a chiropractic evaluation?
  • Had behavioral or mood changes?

If you answered YES to even ONE of these questions, then animal chiropractic can help your pet.