Yorkshire Veterinary Hospital offers comprehensive chiropractic care to our patients. Dr. Kelly Walsh obtained her chiropractic education from Options for Animals College of Animal Chiropractic located in Wellsville, KS. She is certified through the International Veterinary Chiropractic Association. Veterinary chiropractic is a subset of veterinary medicine that aims to promote the overall health and well-being of animals using the science, art and philosophy to maintain the neuromuscular system in a balanced and healthy state with the rest of the body. It can eliminate the source of acute and chronic pain and enhance the performance and improve quality of life. It is a manual therapy that utilizes the biomechanics of the system rather than drugs or surgery.
Veterinary chiropractic care does not replace traditional veterinary medicine but is used as a valuable tool to diagnose and treat problems within the spinal cord and musculoskeletal system. When chiropractic and good traditional veterinary medicine are combined they are an effective way to restore and maintain strength, well-being and provide years of happy and healthy living for your pet. By alleviating pain and illness at their source you will also be maximizing performance and quality of life.
How does it work?
The nervous system controls everything in humans and animals from physical movements to organ function to the immune system. The skull and spine not only protects the brain and spinal cord but intimately works with them. If the ability of the spine to move and work properly is impaired it in turn impairs the ability of the nervous system to function properly. When a part of the spine is not moving appropriately, it is called a subluxation complex. Anything from trauma, illness, to normal daily activities can impact the spine’s movement causing a subluxation complex. You may notice a number of symptoms including gait change, abnormal movement, soreness, muscle spasms, lameness, or general behavior change. The goal of animal chiropractic care is to find the areas of the spine that are not moving appropriately and restore them back to normal function. By doing so, it will return the spinal system to its full potential to heal from within.
What is it used for?
- Acute or chronic pain or lameness
- Maintenance of health, soundness and fitness
- Enhancing sports performance
- Alleviating pain and soreness
- Improving the overall well-being and immunity
What signs suggest my pet may need chiropractic care?
- Abnormal posture when standing or walking
- Hesitation or unwillingness to go up and down stairs or furniture
- Sensitivity or shying away from touch or petting
- Sitting with rear legs off to one side
- Holding the tail in an unusual position
- Decreased playing, running or other activites
- Discomfort when putting on or taking off collars and harnesses
- Evasion type maneuvers such as dipping head or hollowing back
- Change in normal behavior
- Facial expression of apprehension or pain
Please call Yorkshire Veterinary Hospital and schedule an appointment with Dr. Kelly Walsh to have your pet evaluated to determine if chiropractic care is right for your pet!