Chiropractic Care for Dogs

All dogs, regardless of their level of activity, can injure themselves, causing soft tissue damage, muscle tension, or misalignment of joints.

Dogs can also be susceptible to problems caused by excess weight or breed-specific conformational and musculoskeletal issues. Additionally, owners of working dogs often seek McTimoney chiropractic treatment as injury is common due to the nature of their work.

McTimoney animal chiropractic can be used as a one-off therapy to resolve a specific issue or as a regular treatment to help prevent injury and maintain performance levels.

How do I know if I need a dog chiropractor?

Symptoms to look out for:

  • Unexplained drop in performance or energy levels
  • Exhibiting signs of pain during or after exercise
  • Crying out, whimpering or stiffness after rest or exercise
  • Difficulty going up/down stairs, or jumping into cars
  • Showing signs of discomfort when being stroked on their back
  • Reluctance to play
  • Behavioural changes, including becoming shy or aggressive with other dogs
  • Uneven or unlevel gait
  • Limping or lameness
  • Asymmetric muscle tone
  • Tripping, stumbling, dragging toes or feet

Common causes of problems:

  • Constant pulling on the lead, Halti or harness
  • Falls and slips
  • Rough play with other dogs and toys e.g. tug games
  • Compensation from other injuries
  • Repetitive training and other one-directional activities
  • Athletic injuries e.g. racing, agility, fly ball
  • Whelping
  • Altered gait as a result of injury

What are the Benefits of a Mctimoney Chiropractic Treatment?

Benefits include:

  • Improved joint flexibility and range of movement
  • Increased stride length and equal weight bearing on each limb
  • Muscle elasticity increased resulting in improved dynamic movement
  • Improved coordination
  • Relief from pain and discomfort
  • Decreased stress levels
  • Improved healing rates when an injury occurs
  • Less muscle soreness and fatigue post exercise
  • Less change of muscle strain

How Can a McTimoney Animal Chiropractor Help?

McTimoney chiropractic treatments can help relieve an animal’s pain and restore movement if they have been compensating or suffered a musculoskeletal injury.

Studies have shown that the centre of mass moves when a lameness occurs, helping to facilitate weight being taken away from the affected limb for instance. As the pattern of movement changes the body itself experiences change, to help support this.

Through careful manipulation of joints, a McTimoney therapist can remove misalignments and restore the musculoskeletal system. Muscle pain, tension and discomfort felt during movement can be removed, meaning performance levels and general wellbeing are improved.

How Long does a Canine McTimoney Treatment Take?

An initial consultation for a dog will be around 45 mins.

Follow up appointments will be around 30 mins.

What Types of Dogs Benefit from Seeing a Canine Chiropractor?

  • Active dogs engaged in regular sports activity e.g. flyball, agility, shooting.
  • Greyhounds can suffer injury from running in one direction and tight cornering.
  • Agility dogs which make quick turns and do lots of jumping.
  • Breeds with long backs and those with short legs can suffer from conformational issues.
  • Dogs that have recently given birth would benefit from a check-up to ensure there are no ongoing issues.
  • Older dogs that get stiff due to arthritis.