Have you noticed that your animal may not be as happy or outgoing as it used to be? Like people, animals also suffer from joint restrictions (subluxations) that lead to muscle imbalances, neurological impairment and added stress to other joints. It makes sense that if people can benefit from chiropractic, so can animals.

How do you know if your animal might need chiropractic care? Some of the signs can be very subtle, or there could be an obvious lameness. One of the first things people notice in their pets is a change in behaviour. Your dog may not want to jump up into the car or onto the couch as readily as it has done in the past. Your cat might get grumpy when you stroke it’s back, or your horse might start misbehaving when being saddled up and ridden.

Chiropractic does not replace traditional veterinary care, however it does offer additional options in diagnosing and treating musculoskeletal and biomechanical problems in animals. Applying a gentle chiropractic adjustment to the specific joint that has decreased motion can restore proper movement, relax muscles and have pain relieving effects*. Because of this your animal could be happier and healthier; there can also be an improvement in competitive performance and prevention of injury or lameness occurring in the future.

How do you choose an animal chiropractor? Be sure to check that the chiropractor is fully qualified, as only they are specifically trained to locate and correct dysfunctional joints in animals.

List of NZCA Animal Chiropractors.

Enquire of you own human chiropractor to see if they will treat animals - sometimes they will. Otherwise feel free to contact our specialist animal chiropractors.

Dr Kirsten Laurence- Equinox Animal Chiropractic, Bay of Plenty, Ph: 021 674 552 Email: kirsten@equinoxchiropractic.co.nz: Web: http://www.equinoxchiropractic.co.nz/ small animals and equines.

Dr Todd Keenan- The Chiropractice/ Small Animal Chiropractic 96 Franklin Rd,Ponsonby, Auckland Ph: 09 361 3825. Email: Info@thechiropractice.co.nz; Web: http://www.thechiropractice.co.nz/animal-chiropractic/ small animals.

Dr Michelle Behr- Connected Equitation- North Shore Auckland, Ph: 0274 584 333, Email: connectedequitation@gmail.com, Web: http://www.connectedequitation.co.nz/ dogs and equines.

Dr Joy White- Select Health, Canterbury, Ph: 03 313 0350, Email: selecthealth51@outlook.com, Web: www.equineselecthealth.co.nz. Equines.

Dr Miranda Moorghen- Ph: 022 072 3865, Email: Miranda.Moorghen@gmail.com, small and large animals and equines.