Animal Chiropractic is a safe, drug free and non-invasive manual therapy which can help maintain your animals wellbeing. A unique combination of human chiropractic technique combined with traditional veterinary knowledge which can help with a variety of conditions.
Our animal chiropractors are highly qualified and registered with the International Academy of Veterinary Chiropractic
Chiropractic for Animals
The benefits of Chiropractic are not just available to humans – many of our four-legged friends can reap the rewards too! The musculo-skeletal and nervous systems of dogs and horses hold many similarities with those of humans. With additional training much of the theory and technique of human chiropractic is transferable to the animal world.
Chiropractic for animals is a unique discipline. It draws upon the functional theory and technique of human chiropractic as well as the science of traditional veterinary practise. Whilst it does not replace the need for traditional veterinary medicine, it can be used as a complementary care system for your animal.
When might Chiropractic benefit my animal?
Some of the more common signs which indicate that animal chiropractic may be appropriate include:
- altered gait
- abnormal weight-bearing
- tenderness to touch
- reluctance to allow grooming
- reduced flexibility in movement
Animal Chiropractic – Frequently Asked Questions
What is Chiropractic Care?
A non-surgical, drug free therapy to improve the performance, health and wellbeing of your animal companion.
Is my Dog/Horse suitable for treatment?
Nearly all animals can benefit from treatment. Before treatment it is vital to gain consent from your vet to rule out the possibility of delivering care to animals which may not benefit from manual therapy. This is a legal requirement.
What to expect during treatment?
We will begin by asking about your animals health, history and any other factors relating to the complaint. A physical examination will follow – examination of the spine, pelvis, alignment, gait, posture, balance and general behavior.
We use gentle manipulative techniques to restore the correct functional movement of the musculo-skeletal system.
This does not cause your pet pain or distress.
Most animals remain relaxed and often appear to enjoy treatment.
What changes may I see after treatment?
Most animals demonstrate improvement immediately following treatment. In the majority of cases, the optimum benefits are seen after 2-3 treatments, but for more chronic long-standing cases, additional treatments may be necessary. Your animal may initially appear tired after treatment, but this is soon followed by increased energy levels and improved movement.
Should I rest my animal after treatment?
It is advisable that your animal takes it easy for the rest of the day following treatment. Additional advice on a suitable exercise regime may be given to help complement the treatment and improve the outcome.
What kind of training does a certified Animal Chiropractor have??
Our Chiropractors have gained a Masters Degree in human Chiropractic and then completed an intensive course for animal Chiropractic with the IAVC (International Academy of Veterinarian Chiropractic).
How long does treatment take?
Appointments usually last between 20 and 45 minutes, depending on the issue being treated and the size of the animal.
How much does treatment cost?
We do not charge an initial consultation fee as we do with human our human patients – we find that animals struggle to fill out the paperwork and are reluctant to describe their symptoms adequately!
Dog treatments – £30
Horse treatment – £50
Discounts can be discussed when treating more than one animal in a visit.
Where are we based?
We have the ability to treat small animals on site at Riviera Wellbeing, 2-4 Gerston Road, Paignton. We have a dedicated animal room separate from our human treatment rooms, and are happy to treat dogs there.
For larger animals we will come to your yard/farm/stables by arrangement.
Animal Chiropractic and the law
In keeping with the Veterinary Act (1966), all Chiropractors (physiotherapists and osteopaths too) must hold suitable insurance and obtain permission to treat your animal from your veterinarian. Anyone who does not abide by this is operating illegally, and should not be trusted! Don’t entrust the care of your horse or dog to just anyone – make sure that your vet is happy for them to treat.
In order to treat your animal we must have consent from your Vet.
- Click the button below to download our consent form
- Get it signed by your Vet
- Bring it with you on your first visit.
Meet our animal chiropractors
In addition to their 5 year masters Chiropractic degree, two of our chiropractors have undergone extensive additional training. They are qualified and accredited by the International Academy of Veterinary Chiropractic (IAVC).
Animal Chiropractic Testimonials
My two sons, husband and I have all been treated on several occasions by both Natasha Harris and Paul Hindle for various sports injuries and would highly recommend them to anyone needing adjustments or soft tissue work for mobility and pain relief. In addition, Natasha has recently been treating our bearded collie, Fudge. He is 10 years old and suffering with arthritis in his neck as well as some stiffness in his lower back. Over a period of four weeks and three treatments he has got the spring back in his step. He is jumping, running and ‘smiling’ on his walks. The change is incredible and, he seems to enjoy the treatment! On each occasion he has been totally relaxed and allowed Natasha to massage and adjust his back and joints … each time he finishes with a big shake and stretch! The improvements after each session has become apparent within a couple of days. I would highly recommend this treatment for any animal feeling the affects of aching and stiff joints! Fudge is one happy boy!
Ashleigh has been treating our 12 year old springer spaniel, who, as an older dog has suffered with weakening of his back legs and as a result of this, ‘shakes’ a lot.
After 3 treatments there is a marked improvement in his back leg strength, and the ‘shakes’ have virtually disappeared.
Having been told by the Vet that this was all part of the ageing process, we were amazed at what Ashleigh has achieved, and very grateful that our dog has been given a new lease of life!
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