Equine and Animal Chiropractic - Information/Services
Benefits for using an AVCA-certified Animal Chiropractor?
The American Veterinary Chiropractic Association (AVCA) provides assurance to the client that the certified provider is either a licensed doctor of chiropractic (DC) or doctor of veterinary medicine (DVM) who has completed an intensive post-graduate course of study and passed written and practical examination testing the doctors knowledge and ability to accurately find and treat a chiropractic subluxation. Unlike some so-called “animal-spine adjusters” who are practicing having taken maybe a one-weekend course on “how to adjust”, AVCA-certified doctors not only know how to adjust, they also know WHAT to adjust, WHEN to adjust it, and perhaps most importantly know WHEN NOT to adjust. The licensed doctor understands the importance of working with your vet to provide appropriate care in all situations, and they have spent over 200 hours studying anatomy, physiology, and pathology of animals, vastly increasing their knowledge of the “inner-workings” of your animal beyond what a person can learn in a program taught as a single weekend course. In addition, to maintain accreditation, AVCA doctors must ensure they meet the required continuing education requirements to stay certified; this guarantees your animal spine adjuster stays current with the latest in chiropractic education and techniques.
What happens on the First Visit?
Dr. Ford will take a history and do exam on the animal. The animal will be palpated and motioned to determine areas out of normal position. Gait and posture will be assessed. Detailed knowledge about animal anatomy is necessary to detect abnormalities. Motion palpation examines the relationship between individual bones as well as how the bones move together as a working unit. The spinal column and each limb joint is assessed in all ranges of motion.
How are joint dysfunctions corrected?
Animals like to be adjusted. They know that there is a problem and that the adjustment will help them. Many times, the animal will adjust their position to help the chiropractor find the problem. One of the most exciting things we see happen in almost all the animals we treat is the immediate improvement in the animal’s behavior. They often resume their previous behavior and zest. Owners often tell us about how great the animal seems to feel after the adjustments.
Although a referral from your vet is necessary, concurrent veterinary care is required. Dr. Ford will work with your vet and will establish a schedule of adjustments that your pet needs. Most animals are seen on a weekly basis if they are not very acute. Some may require more frequent visits at first. The frequency of visits is decreased as the spine gains flexibility. Maintenance visits may be recommended to keep your animal in the best possible shape to help with performance and quality of life.
Just as it is important to maintain the vaccination and worming schedule that your veterinarian recommends, it is important to make sure that the spine and extremities are kept in optimum condition. Chiropractic care is directed towards preventing disease in the body. Old animals may need to be seen more frequently.
Animal Services Provided
Canine New Patient/Follow Up Visit $65
Equine New Patient/Follow Up Visits begin at $125
Other Animal New patient/Follow Up Visits vary- please contact for more information
Mobile Services available, fees vary by location
Call: (713) 955-7972
Call: (713) 955-7972