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Gentle Vet Veterinary Chiropractic Treatment

Veterinary chiropractic is a hands-on therapy, designed to relieve biomechanical dysfunction of the spine and joints, restoring optimal movement and alleviating pain. The doctor applies a specific small, quick thrust to help a joint regain its normal range of motion. Chiropractic adjustments can calm the entire nervous system by allowing the nerves to relax and function normally.

Veterinary Chiropractic FAQs - Frequently Asked Questions

Can chiropractic adjustments be used to treat my pet?
Chiropractic adjustments are an effective therapy for many clinical conditions, including:

  • Back, neck pain
  • Arthritis and joint pain
  • Muscle spasms
  • Nervous system disorders
  • Accidents or sports injuries
  • Maintenance of joint and spinal health

How many treatments are necessary?
This question must be answered on an individual basis for each patient. In most cases, a single treatment is not enough to eliminate the problem. Most animals show significant improvement after 1 to 4 treatments. Chronic problems usually take longer to resolve requiring more chiropractic treatment, whereas animals with acute problems often respond more quickly.

The goal of chiropractic treatment is to address neurological dysfunction in the spine and restore mobility. It is then the task of muscles and ligaments to support the spine and maintain this new realigned position.

This process and the role of the chiropractor is similar to that of an orthodontist. The orthodontist applies a brace to the teeth and over a period of time makes regular adjustments and corrections to realign the teeth, so that in time they will maintain their correct position. A chiropractor will also adjust and correct the animal a number of times, until the body accepts the new position of the spine as normal and the muscles and ligaments support and maintain this position.

How long will a treatment take?
The initial consultation and first treatment (usually between 30--60mins) tends to take longer than subsequent visits as a detailed case history, examination etc. is undertaken. Subsequent treatments are usually shorter (between 20-40 mins) depending on the veterinary chiropractor's findings.

Do chiropractic adjustments hurt?
Most pets find chiropractic adjustments relatively painless. Occasionally, after a treatment a pet may be mildly sore for a day or two. Afterwards, their movement and gait are improved.

Will my pet relax for the treatment?
This is more like a spa visit than a veterinary visit! We use soft music, a cushy bed, aroma therapy, massage and tasty treats to help your pet relax and enjoy.

How much experience does Dr. Dodd have?
Dr. Dodd has been a veterinarian since 1992. She was trained in chiropractic at Options for Animals. She was certified through the International Veterinary Chiropractic Association 2007. She treats dogs, cats and the occasional rabbit.

Are chiropractic adjustments safe?
Yes. Done properly, chiropractic adjustments are safe. In cases of acute pain, treatment may be delayed and other treatment options (such as massage and acupuncture) are used to help start the healing process.

How does chiropractic compare to traditional veterinary care?
Veterinary chiropractic treatment does not replace traditional veterinary medicine; however, it can provide additional diagnosic and treatment options for spinal and musculoskeletal disorders.

How do I schedule an appointment?
Please call (303) 919-1504 for a listing of several Metro Denver locations where you can schedule an appointment.

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  • One morning I woke up to my 6 year old Australian Shepherd, who plays agility, shuffling around like he was 100 years old and unable to get out of a comma position. He was so unhappy and was not able to do his normal wiggly butt dance that he does every morning when we feed him. There was no trauma and no pre-existing condition that would have caused this injury. I was worried he would be unable to do agility which he loves. I was able to get him into see Dr. Dodd for Chiropractic care and with one manipulation he was able to do his wiggle butt dance and bounced out of the office very happy. Needless to say he was back to playing agility the next day.
    - Kathleen Wilks DVM

Dr. Rhea Dodd and Gentle Vet - A Metro Denver, Colorado Veterinary Acupuncture
and Behavior Practice Dedicated Exclusively to your Pet's Comfort and Happiness.

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