Hello Michelle,I've tried Chiropractic adjustments with my dogs before, as we work in Schutzhund and there is quite a bit of impact and jarring the dogs go through on a daily basis.
What has been frustrating for me, is finding a Chiro to treat the dogs. I can find several, but every one is different in what they do, and some of them just plain see like quacks. Sometimes I see a big difference when I leave, and sometime they never touch the dog at all but claim they have adjusted him. ??
Anyways, how to you suggest someone find a QUALIFIED person to work on their dogs? Is there a National organization for K9 Chiropractic work, or is it just something DCs do on the side?
No, it doesn't necessarily mean that. Directly ask the chiropractor specifically where he/she received training and if they're certified by the AVCA or a similar program. A similar program is from the Parker College of Chiropractic in Dallas, TX.What if the chiropractor you've been referred to by a friend is not listed? Does that mean they are NOT certified?
"The Well Adjusted Dog" is a step by step "how to" book teaching you hotw to perform various canine chiropractic procedures. While it does explain exactly how to adjust your dog, a lot depends on your background. The lay person can get quite a lot out of it but may only feel comfortable doing only the non-osseous moves, which means not doing the moves requiring loading the joint then providing a manual thrust. Veterinarians, in fact, prefer to use non-manual adjusting methods like the Activator. Most vets who practice chiropractic on small animals use the Activator or tools like it. It is safe and very effective for many musculo-skeletal conditions.Can you tell us more about your book? How much, realistically, can the average layperson or pet owner do in regards to this field? How helpful is this to the pet owner vs the owner of sport dogs? (Agility, lure coursing, etc)
The chiropractor procedure known as Activator is very helpful in preventing canine hip dysplasia, but not curing it once it has already been diagnosed in the lameness stage. For advanced stages of hip dysplasia the only real help is veteirnary intervention--the various surgeries seem to offer the most hope. But veterinary chiropractors have had and continue to have great success preventing a full blown onset if caught during the developmental stages.And how helpful is it for hip dysplasia?
You can try the Activator technique on a regular basis or a soft tissue adjustment called Logan Baisc. That involves raising your dog's tail and placing your thumb at "12:00" (a point above the anus), pushing up with about a pound of pressure or until you see an abdominal reaction. Hold the point for 3 minutes once per day. This re-educates weak sphincter and abdominal and pelvis muscles.Wow, thanks Dr. Kamen. Welcome to the site. Initially, I rolled my eyes when I saw a section built for sponsors, like talking with a commercial a little, but I decided to look into the forum because I get so much enjoyment out of the site I wanted to support some sponsors.
I have a dog with moderate weakness in his hind quarters. He has been diagnosed with hip dysplasia, but recent X-rays don't appear to show any further degeneration than two years ago, yet his hindquarters are definitely weaker.
Are there any techniques you recommend that I could perform on a daily basis to perhaps help Bear with this? I know he's getting older, but I'd like to alleviate as much of this as possible, and frankly our vet doesn't seem to believe anything could help.