Chiropractic treatment for pets & animals
In order for me to treat your animal you must have the consent of your vet.
Robert studied with the International Academy of Veterinary Chiropractic (IAVC) and passed the exams necessary to qualify as a member of the International Veterinary Chiropractic Association (IVCA). Only vets or chiropractors are eligible to undertake this particular training.
Canine and Feline Chiropractic
I have been trained to treat horses, dogs and cats but, in theory, any four-legged animal should be treatable. I mainly treat dogs, often competitive dogs such as agility, gun or show dogs. I do however treat many dogs that do not compete. I also treat the occasional cat.
Animals are exposed to many stresses that can lead to injury.
The following are just a few examples. With dogs it could be Agility, Obedience, clipping, showing, collars and leads, jumping, general play etc. Cats are often involved in rough-and-tumble or territorial arguments.
Chiropractic is also very effective in improving and maintaining the mobility of elderly animals.
Robert is fully insured to treat humans and animals.
It is helpful for the owner of the animal to be able to visualise and understand the problem. Robert always likes to explain the anatomy and physiology to the owner as this understanding helps to speed recovery and avoid the likelihood of recurrence.
Robert is also a member of the McTimoney Animal Group.
What Happens when you treat my Animal?
Having established that the owner has the consent of their vet, I always take a medical history and discuss any problems with the owner. For the physical examination and treatment I gently feel for any areas of tension around the spine and pelvis and then feel the movement in the spine and virtually all the other joints in the animal’s body. If I find areas of tension and restriction I use a small but very quick light impulse to enable the joint to get a better range of movement (there is no twisting or cracking involved). Improving movement in the spine not only benefits the spine but also improves the nerve supply to the fore and hind limbs (and in fact the whole body).
I also use animal Trust Technique (to help calm the patient), Reiki and massage.
Will your treatment be Painful for my Animal?
The short answer is no. Occasionally while palpating the animal (that means gently feeling for tension and restriction) I come across a sensitive area but usually the pet will begin to enjoy the experience as the treatment progresses. Animals are usually pretty good at sensing when something is beneficial for them.
Can you treat more Severe Injuries such as a major disc prolapse in a Dog?
I successfully treated a miniature dachshund (Bruno) with a severe lower disc extrusion. The initial injury had left Bruno with total collapse of his hind legs and only a tiny amount of deep pain reflex. Call it a grade 4.5 which is almost as bad as it can be.
My aim in a case like this is not to treat the extrusion directly but to very gently decompress the rest of the spine to take pressure off the injured area so that it has a chance to heal.
Bruno made excellent progress and is able to go for a 45 minute walk now. He is not perfect but is a much improved Dachshund. It is essential for the animal to be monitored by the vet and cage rested at home for a while which is a big responsibility for the owner. In this case the owner was able and willing to do this.
I believe that the vet was very pleased (and surprised) with the dog’s progress.
Will my Pet Insurance Pay for Treatment?
Some Pet Insurance companies do cover chiropractic care but please check with your insurer before proceeding.