Our VCA hospital offers Chiropractic care for your Pet. Conditions such as cervical, thoracic, lumbar intervertebral disc disease, arthritic, degenerative, soft tissue and many other conditions, can now be treated with chiropractic care, along with your pet’s veterinary care. Chiropractic is based on the scientific fact that the nervous system controls the function of every cell, tissue, organ, and system of the body. Your pet's brain is protected by the skull, and the spinal cord is protected by 27 moving bones of the spine. Many everyday activities and injuries, bulging discs, degenerative bone changes can cause these spinal bones to lose their normal position or normal motion and when this occurs, a spinal subluxation results. This can result in nervous system dysfunction due to nerve impingement and ultimately may alter health and/or cause pain. The chiropractic approach to better health is to detect and reduce nervous system dysfunction. The effects of a Chiropractic adjustment on a spinal subluxation are: normal mobility is established, increased joint fluid flow, pumps out edema fluid, helps remove inflammatory products, decreases muscle tone, stretches and/or breaks up joint adhesions, increases nutrients to surrounding soft tissues and bone, movement in joints is restored, alignment is returned thereby decreasing the biomechanical stresses on the adjacent spinal segments. One of the main chiropractic techniques that the doctor utilizes is V.O.M. (Veterinary Orthopedic Manipulation), a technology that provides an alternative, non-surgical approach to spinal disorders and lameness. With VOM, there is no torsion, twisting, or mass movement as in manual adjusting techniques. Many disorders can be treated by VOM, a non-invasive, non-painful, and inexpensive healing alternative. Chiropractic Adjustments/VOM re-establishes neuronal communication and thus induces healing. By using a hand held device called an activator, this device delivers its force to the subluxated vertebra thereby reducing the subluxation by providing motion into the fixated or subluxated joint and by taking pressure off the spinal nerve. It looks like a spring-loaded doorstop. The activator provides a very accurate and precise motion to specific areas of the pet’s spine and if a subluxation is present it can detect and reduce it quickly without pain or injury to your pet. There are times when your pet will not be a candidate for a surgery or MRI due to anesthesia risk due to a age related or a pathological condition, financial, or choose to do conservative measures, like Chiropractic care, prior to any medical procedure as just mentioned, etc.. In addition to the chiropractic adjustment, adjunctive therapies such as low level laser therapy and supplements may be recommended.