What you can expect from an animal chiropractic visit
A thorough history will be taken at your first visit. The history should include previously diagnosed conditions and diseases, lab work results (bloodwork, urinalysis etc), X-rays, and any other information pertinent to your pets previous and current health care. A thorough chiropractic evaluation includes an examination of the animal prior to an adjustment. This examination includes: posture, gait analysis, vertebral and extremity static and motion palpation.
The animal chiropractor looks for abnormal or restricted movement of the joints of the spine and extremities which have an effect on the nervous system and the entire body. The information from the case history and the examination are combined to determine what chiropractic adjustments that your animal may require.
An adjustment will typically be non painful, and many patients really enjoy it! The doctor identifies an area that has either decreased or restricted motion, the animal chiropractor applies a small controlled thrust specific to the anatomy of the joint thereby restoring normal movement ( See canine/equine adjustment video).
The results can vary depending on length of time for the initial trauma if any, age of your animal, the severity of the decreased/restricted motion of the joints of the spine and or extremities, etc. Many times the normal response to chiropractic care can be seen within the first 24 to 72 hours. It is not uncommon for animals to show great improvement in the first few days to a week and then you may notice a relapse of the initial complaint. This is not unusual as this is a healing process. Normally after the first 2 or 3 adjustments then most initial relapses are resolved as your animal body begins affectively healing itself.
This will be highly variable based on patients current state of health. Often follow-ups initially occur 1-2 weeks after initial visit. If improvement is noted then the follow-up visits may be spread out further. Chiropractic maintenance care usually is recommended anywhere from 1 time a month to 1 time every six months. The animal chiropractor should talk about what is best for your animal in maintaining their optimal health.