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What is Animal Chiropractic Care?

Complementary Care

First and foremost, animal chiropractic care is not intended to replace traditional veterinary medicine. Complementary care is a type of care that works with your veterinarian and certainly not instead of them. The professional animal chiropractor should seek cooperation and perhaps even permission and/or assistance from the primary care physician, the veterinarian.

How Could Chiropractic Help?

Performance animals are athletes. An athlete's performance is based on it's ability to bend, twist, turn, stretch, flex or in some way move in a very specific manner. Chiropractic's benefit is twofold. First, it works with the neurologic system to improve the communication between the brain and the body (enhancing balance and coordination amongst other things) Second, a joint that doesn't move properly won't allow the animal to flex, extend, reach or rotate the way it should and this too prevents an animal's optimum performance.

What Will the Animal Chiropractor Do?

The animal chiropractor is trained to find and correct, first and foremost, subtle spinal joint misalignment or mobility problems called subluxations that can interfere with the brain-body communication. Second, they evaluate and improve the rest of the body joints' mobility. So when you, or the animal's brain tells it's body to do something, it's body responds in the most perfect manner that it is genetically capable of responding. The chiropractor accomplishes this with an adjustment.

Tell Me More About Adjustments

First, they don't hurt the animal. Adjustments are gentle, safe, specific movements of the joints, performed sometimes by hand and sometimes with a specialized instrument. Improvement is oftentimes dramatic; however, in severe cases a series of adjustments may be necessary.

How Do I Know If My Animals Need Care?

In the case of unexplained lameness (after traditional veterinary examination) an evaluation by a animal chiropractor would be appropriate. Performance animals that just aren't reaching their past or expected potential might be in need of chiropractic care. Pets that avoid certain postures or behaviors that they previously used. Pets that won't jump up or down from things like cars or trucks or beds or couches. Performance animals that resist certain movements or are just resistant to work. Animals that have had falls, collisions, accidents, or demonstrate gait abnormalities or an inability to stand without constant weight shifts should also be examined. Perhaps the owner just wants to insure that the animal is capable of moving in the way it's being asked or needs to move. Remember, maybe it's not that the animal won't maybe it's that he can't.

Dr. Parent has completed over 200 hours of animal chiropractic courses at ACES in Meridian TX, and is currently working towards the AVCA Certification. She has adjusted multitudes of horses, dogs, cats, birds and other small animals, and is comfortable and confident being around every walk of life. Dr. Parent is able to meet you at your location for equine and other large animal care, and will work out individualized treatment plans that suit both you and your animal’s needs. She also offers limited portable chiropractic for these animal owners on-site, so you will not have to set up two appointments. If you would like more information on animal chiropractic, or would like to set up an appointment, call us today at (719) 301-5598.

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Dr. Stephanie Parent

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Licensed & Board Certified Doctor of Chiropractic

Licensed Doctor of Animal Chiropractic

1712 W Uintah St

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Mobile Equine day

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