What is Animal Chiropractic?

Animal Chiropractic helps restore motion to a pet's joints to help the nervous system function better. Joints are meant to move but sometimes they can get "stuck." This is called vertebral subluxation complex or VSC. Chiropractic looks for VSCs and through specific adjustments helps to restore motion to these areas to help maximize the efficiency of the nervous system/body.

What Can Cause a Vertebral Subluxation Complex (VSC)?

  • Dr. Jerman with canine chiropractic patient.Activities/animal's job (hunting, agility, frisbee, showing, police dogs etc.)
  • Age
  • Birthing process
  • Collar/harness
  • Environment (where animal sleeps, flooring, etc.)
  • Lack of exercise
  • Obesity
  • Surgery or history of surgery, anesthesia
  • Transporting
  • Trauma

What Are Some Signs a VSC Might Be Present?

  • Animal sitting to one side
  • Preferring to lay on one side
  • Behavioral changes
  • Tail laying more to one side
  • Skin sensitivity
  • Refusing to go up or down stairs
  • Refusing to jump into the car/climbing
  • Performance has decreased (i.e. in agility or competitions)
  • Nails wearing unevenly
  • Undefined lameness (after a veterinarian has assessed situation)
  • Stiffness

What Conditions Can Be Improved By Chiropractic Treatment?

  • Arthritis
  • Disc bulge/herniation – depending on case
  • Geriactric-quality of life
  • Hip dysplasia
  • Hypersensitivity or lack of sensitivity
  • Lick granulomas
  • Pre and post surgery
  • Preventive care
  • Recurrent anal gland infection
  • Recurrent ear infections
  • Spondylosis – extra bone formed at loose joints
  • Urine leakage

If you think chiropractic might help your pet, please contact us to schedule a consultation before pursuing chiropractic treatment. Chiropractic does not replace traditional veterinary care.

About Dr. Sara Jerman, Certified Animal Chiropractor

Dr. Sara Jerman, Board Certified Veterinary ChiropractorDr. Sara Jerman is certified in animal chiropractic by the International Veterinary Chiropractic Association. She is available to see patients in our office who would benefit from chiropractic care. This type of therapy is not limited to sick and injured pets; healthy pets may also benefit. Chiropractic care can enhance the quality of your pet's life, ensuring active and healthy years by restoring bio-mechanic balance. Maintaining proper alignment permits optimal function of muscles, nerves and joints, resulting in improved movement and flexibility.