Animal Chiropractic FAQ

Did you know that your pet can benefit from chiropractic care? 

Whether they are old or young, sick or healthy, chiropractic care can help improve and optimize a pet's body function. Here are a few of the comments/questions we get about animal chiropractic care…

Will chiropractic care hurt my pet?

If you have ever been to a human chiropractor, you know that some adjustments can be uncomfortable, however, Dr. Ramesar tries to work with each pet to minimize discomfort and anxiety. Many of her patients begin to enjoy their chiropractic care over time!

Can I be with my pet during their adjustment?

Absolutely! We prefer owners be present for adjustments, especially the first ones, as they can be very confusing for the pet.

What should I expect after a chiropractic adjustment?

Most pets want to sleep the rest of the day after an adjustment, although a few may have bursts of energy because they are feeling so good! Especially after the first time they are adjusted some pets may be sore for a couple of days. If this is severe, lasts longer than two days, or you are concerned about this soreness, discuss medication options with Dr. Ramesar.

When should I see improvement?

Dr. Ramesar recommends your pet get at least 3 adjustments to determine if chiropractic care may help them for a specific condition. Some chronic conditions may require more adjustments to see results. (Example: chronic incontinence can take 6 adjustments or more)

How often should my pet receive chiropractic care?

Dr. Ramesar initially determines this based on her exam (how painful they are, how many subluxations, how severe the signs are). Generally at the beginning, adjustments are 1-2 weeks apart. After that, Dr. Ramesar will make maintenance recommendations for your pet based on your input on how they are responding. This can mean adjustments every 3 weeks all the way up to every 3 months.

How is a chiropractic adjustment different for pets and people?

Chiropractic care is the same for any species in that it consists of adjustments to correct subluxations, but your cat or dog has different joint angles which require different adjustment setups. In addition, your dog can't follow directions on how to lay the way a person does, so most adjustments for pets are done with them standing. Pets also do not generally have "audible" adjustments, meaning they don't have the popping that you hear when your chiropractor adjusts you.

Can my pet get other medications/treatments while they are receiving chiropractic care?

This is the beauty of chiropractic care - it compliments so many other treatments! It can improve results, help the body respond better to treatments, and just improve overall wellbeing. Dr. Ramesar also does acupuncture, regularly recommends laser treatment, and uses medications as needed to help her patients feel their best! If you have any concerns about other treatments or conditions, please discuss this at your pet's chiropractic appointment.

Want to know more?

For more information on the benefits of animal chiropractic care, learn more from the American Veterinary Chiropractic Association.