Yorkshire Veterinary Hospital offers comprehensive chiropractic care to our patients. Dr. Kelly Walsh obtained her chiropractic education from Options for Animals College of Animal Chiropractic located in Wellsville, KS, and now returns to the school as one of their instructors. She is certified through the International Veterinary Chiropractic Association. Veterinary chiropractic is a subset of veterinary medicine; it aims to promote the overall well-being of animals using science, art, and philosophy to maintain the neuromuscular system in a balanced and healthy state with the rest of the body. It can eliminate the source of acute and chronic pain, enhance performance, and improve quality of life. It is a manual therapy that utilizes the biomechanics of the system rather than medications or surgery.
Veterinary chiropractic care does not fully replace traditional veterinary medicine. When chiropractic and good traditional veterinary medicine work together they are an effective way to restore and maintain strength, improve well-being, and provide years of happy and healthy living for your pet. By alleviating pain and improving mobility issues we are able to maximize performance and quality of life for your pet.
How does it work?
The nervous system controls everything from physical movements, to organ function, to the immune system. The nervous system works intimately with the surrounding bones and tissues of the body. If the ability of those tissues and the spine to move and work properly is impaired it in turn impairs the ability of the nervous system to function properly. When a part of the spine is not moving appropriately, it is called a subluxation complex. Anything from trauma, illness, to normal daily activities can impact the spine’s movement causing a subluxation complex. You may notice a number of symptoms including gait change, abnormal movements, soreness, muscle spasms, lameness, or general behavior change. The goal of animal chiropractic care is to find the areas of the body that are not moving appropriately and restore them back to normal function. By doing so, it will return the nervous system and body back to its full potential to heal from within.
What are the benefits of chiropractic care?
Chiropractic care for your pet has more benefits than meets the eye. Seeking chiropractic care for your pet may:
- Improve overall well-being and immunity
- Improve the function of the neuro-muscular system
- Improve function of the cardiovascular system
- Improve movement and mobility
- Improve or restore function to areas of the spine or limbs that are not moving properly
- Improve blood flow
- Improve healing
- Decrease pain
- Decrease inflammation
- Enhance performance for sporting dogs
What signs suggest my pet may need chiropractic care?
- Abnormal posture when standing or walking
- Hesitation or unwillingness to go up and down stairs or furniture
- Sensitivity or shying away from touch or petting
- Sitting with rear legs off to one side
- Holding the tail in an unusual position
- Decreased playing, running, or other activities
- Discomfort when putting on or taking off collars and harnesses
- Evasion type maneuvers such as dipping head or hollowing back
- Change in normal behavior
- Facial expression of apprehension or pain
Will My Pet Benefit From Chiropractic Care?
Veterinary chiropractic care is incredibly comprehensive. Dr. Walsh is able to deliver chiropractic care to dogs, cats, and even rabbits. Chiropractic care seeks to alleviate any ailment causing pain and/or abnormal movement in your pet. Additionally, it can be used to prevent injuries and improve performance, especially in working or competition dogs, as well as improve overall health for any animal. Any pet with pain or abnormal movement, whether the cause is from a new or old injury, surgery, arthritis, or a breed specific issue can be helped.
Dr. Kelly Walsh is enthusiastic about helping improve your pet’s quality of life through chiropractic care. She attends annual continuing education classes to keep up on the latest techniques and skills. As well, Dr. Kelly Walsh shares her knowledge with others and teaches the art of veterinary chiropractic at Options for Animals College of Animal Chiropractic.