In Ontario, chiropractors care for pets and large animals, including horses, dogs and cats. In the same way a person seeks a diagnosis and treatment for musculoskeletal issues (or issues with the spine, muscles, joints and nervous system), animals can have similar issues and injuries.
Those chiropractors treating animals complete a post-graduate training program, which is open to chiropractors and veterinarians. Animal chiropractic does not replace traditional veterinary medicine or surgery but provides an integrative method of care. Often, veterinarians and animal chiropractors work together to best serve the needs of an animal. A referral from a veterinarian is not required to seek the expertise of a chiropractor certified to assess and treat animals with chiropractic care.
Chiropractors provide a safe and effective hands-on approach to many neuromusculoskeletal issues and injuries in animals. Initial consultation and examination include thorough health history review, gait analysis, static and motion palpation of the joints, muscles and extremities, range of motion testing, and neurological evaluation.