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Animal chiropractic myths

Updated: May 24, 2022

Myth #1: My pet doesn't need to be adjusted, they aren't in pain

What dentist in their right mind would NOT recommend regular brushing to prevent cavities? Would you rather go in for root canals and painful fillings every time you needed to see the doctor?

Hopefully, the answer to both questions are obvious. A dentist that doesn't recommend prevention is not a doctor you want on your team. Reactive treatments are expensive, often invasive, and don't promote future health.

Painless plaque can eventually turn into painful cavities.

The same is true for you pet's spine. Improper motion in the joints is like plaque on the teeth. Over time, it can lead to painful joint disorders. Restoring proper movement can improve glide, reduce inflammation, ease tight muscles, and keep joint surfaces smooth. Needless to say, get your pet adjusted BEFORE they have pain!

Myth #2: My vet said that chiropractic care wasn't safe

In many states, a veterinary referral is required prior to seeking chiropractic care in your pet. However, did you know most veterinarians receive no formal training on chiropractic care in vet school?

In order to become certified in animal chiropractic, a veterinarian OR human chiropractor may take a 200 hour course so that they can specialize in animal chiropractic. Upon completion of this course, they then may proceed for AVCA or IVCA board examination in order to become "board certified."

During this process, a provider learns how to safely administer animal chiropractic adjustments and WHEN NOT to adjust an animal.

Should you vet not have received this training, they may not fully understand what chiropractic care is or does and may not be a reliable resource on the perceived "safety" of chiropractic care.

There are a growing number of human chiropractic studies that can demonstrate the safety of chiropractic. Many of these studies also include animal models.

Myth #3: My pet had surgery, they can't be adjusted

Although immediately following surgery your pet's primary focus should be healing, that does nor bar your pet from ever receiving chiropractic care in the years following,

Surgery, especially orthopedic, changes the form and function or your pet's anatomy. Long term, this can have implications on how the rest of the body will adapt and compensate for the missing or additional structures.

The rest of the body shouldn't be ignored as these areas that compensate often can become inflamed and/or painful. Chiropractic can help these supporting structures so your pet can feel their best!


Myth #4: My pet is doing much better, why should I come back?

Chiropractic care often produces miraculous results, but that does not mean it is a cure all. Getting adjusted a few times can help tremendously with symptoms, however, does you pet lay down and never use their spine again? If not, it's likely that spinals misalignments can occur again.

Many utilize chiropractic care in the wrong context. Chiropractic is not something you do only when you don't feel good, it's something you do to continue feeling good. Much like you choose to go to the gym for repeated health benefits, so too should you go to the chiropractor.

Going to the chiropractor only when you are in pain is like only going to the gym when you are fat and need to lose weight.


I want to let you know you came to the right place for integrative and holistic health for your pet!

We are certified by the AVCA which is a top notch and rigorous certification program of 200+ hours class time followed by a written and practical board exam. We take 10 yearly hours of continuing education because we value knowing the most in order to provide the best.

When choosing adjustments for your pet, choose someone licensed, trained, and certified.

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