Amherst Veterinary Hospital is pleased to offer chiropractic care for your pet, through the hands of Dr. Natasa Milojkovic. Dr. Milojkovic is certified in veterinary chiropractic care; she trained with Options for Animals in Kansas and is a member of the International Veterinary Chiropractic Association.
What is Chiropractic Care?
Chiropractic care is a manual method of treatment. It was developed in the early 19th century as a means of treating neurological and musculoskeletal dysfunction and their subsequent effects on the body.
Chiropractic care focuses on abnormal movements of the spine and the effects these restrictions have on the nervous system and the entire body. When a veterinarian trained in animal chiropractic care examines your pet and identifies a vertebral subluxation, he or she aims to correct the lack of movement in the spine and restore mobility to the joints through a quick, short thrust along the plane of the joint, called an adjustment. The goal of chiropractic treatment is to maximize mobility and optimize nervous system function to allow unrestricted exchange of information between the brain and the rest of the body.
Chiropractic treatment does not replace traditional veterinary medicine; however, it can provide additional means of diagnosis and treatment options for spinal problems, as well as biomechanical related musculoskeletal disorders. Chiropractic’s are also an effective treatment for acute or chronic pain syndromes caused by biomechanical problems.
The goal of chiropractic treatment is to address neurological dysfunction in the spine and restore mobility. It’s then the task of the muscles and ligaments to support the spine and maintain this new realigned position. A chiropractor adjusts the spine to restore normal motion in the joint. This may need to be done a number of times, until the body accepts the normal motion and the muscles and ligaments support and maintain that motion. Most dogs show significant improvement after one to four treatments. Chronic problems usually take longer to resolve, requiring more chiropractic treatment, whereas dogs with acute problems often respond more quickly.
Common Causes of Vertebral Subluxations:
Trauma – caused by falls, trips, slips or major accidents such as being in a car during a collision. Even being propelled forward when a car suddenly brakes can cause vertebral subluxations.
Play and Sport – activities that involve jumping, wrestling, sudden stops and starts and repetitive training can strain the spine in different ways.
Collar/Harness – how the dog walks while on a collar or harness and style of leash corrections can cause problems in the upper and lower neck region, the ribs and spine.
Age– as age increases, the effects of previous small or large traumas to the spine become more apparent
How Do I Know if My Pet Would Benefit from Chiropractic Care?
In small animals, there are various symptoms of subluxations. The most common include pain, dysfunction and abnormalities in mobility or posture.
The following symptoms may indicate pain caused by a subluxation:
-Abnormal posture such as lowered head carriage or hunched position
-Reluctance to move, climb stairs or jump on or off a raised area such as a couch
-Signs of pain when being lifted or performing certain movements
-Sensitivity to touch
-Generalized ‘slowing down’
If your pet is showing some of these signs and you want to know if he/she may benefit from a chiropractic adjustment, please give us a call at Amherst Veterinary Hospital and we will gladly set up an appointment for you with Dr. Milojkovic. She will give your pet a thorough assessment including a gait analysis and orthopedic and spinal exam and let you know the best options for your pet to maximize mobility, minimize pain and improve quality of life.
Dr. Loretta Yuen D.V.M