Canine Chiropractic

K9DogMan treats dogs for the follow disciplines:

  • Agility
  • Attack/Guard
  • Detector
  • Domestic (Pet)
  • Dancing with Dogs
  • Flyball
  • Hunting
  • Obedience
  • Show
  • Sniffer

See the frequently asked questions page for more information.

Prevention Is The Best Medicine

K9DogMan is contacted on a daily basis by pet owners with animals beginning to show signs of lameness. Some are even completely immobile by the time John has been called out to them and unfortunately it’s most often only when owners have completely run out of options that they will finally turn to John for help.
 
If used as a preventative rather  than a response treatment the kinds of problems most dogs will face in their later years can be completely avoided. Treating puppies from the age of 8 weeks of age will ensure they grow up in alignment to prevent movement issues many older dogs don’t need to face later in life.
 
It’s John’s vision for chiropractic treatments to become part of an animal’s regular annual pet care – just like your pet’s annual vaccination.

Reading the Signs

Symptoms to be concerned about in your dog:
 
  • Crabbing (walking on a sideways angle)
  • Limping
  • Not sitting square – dogs should sit straight with legs placed evenly either side of body
  • Walking with head down instead of holding head high
  • A dip down in the back (back should be flat)
  • A roached back (arched/curved upwards)
  • Not extending forward fully with front legs when walking
  • Not extending/driving/pushing back with rear legs when walking
  • Appearing lame or sore in the feet or wrists
  • Difficulty hold up tail
  • Shaking or quivering legs when resting or standing
  • Doesn’t like being touched (in general or in particular areas)
  • Showing discomfort or sitting when being brushed
  • Slow recall and poor command response
  • Unhappy, listless or savage – take notice of change in temperament!
  • Weight problems – inability to lose weight
  • Not keeping up during walks

Dogs generally like to please their owners. If your dog is being unusually disobedient it may not be just because they don’t want to follow your commands and could likely be because it hurts them to do so. If your dog wont walk faster or sit quicker don’t force them to do it and consider that the real reason might actually be that your dog is in pain.

Reading the Signs

 

Symptoms to be concerned about in your dog:

  • Crabbing (walking on a sideways angle)
  • Limping
  • Not sitting square – dogs should sit straight with legs placed evenly either side of body
  • Walking with head down instead of holding head high
  • A dip down in the back (back should be flat)
  • A roached back (arched/curved upwards)
  • Not extending forward fully with front legs when walking
  • Not extending/driving/pushing back with rear legs when walking
  • Appearing lame or sore in the feet or wrists
  • Difficulty hold up tail
  • Shaking or quivering legs when resting or standing
  • Doesn’t like being touched (in general or in particular areas)
  • Showing discomfort or sitting when being brushed
  • Slow recall and poor command response
  • Unhappy, listless or savage – take notice of change in temperament!
  • Weight problems – inability to lose weight
  • Not keeping up during walks

Dogs generally like to please their owners. If your dog is being unusually disobedient it may not be just because they don’t want to follow your commands and could likely be because it hurts them to do so. If your dog wont walk faster or sit quicker don’t force them to do it and consider that the real reason might actually be that your dog is in pain.

Causes Of Symptoms

Isolating the cause of your dog’s injuries will help towards reducing their re-occurrence. Being able to remove or at the very least reduce what caused your dog’s problems in the first place will make for more effective and treatments meaning your dog will be fixed with fewer sessions and you won’t be throwing your money away.

  • Unbalanced exercise – over exercising or lack of regular exercise
  • Repeatedly running up and down fence lines
  • Jumping up and down from height (couches, beds) and slipping/falling
  • Running up and down stairs, jumping off stairs on way down – dogs are not built for stairs, especially those with longer spines!
  • Rough play with other dogs (including litter mates as puppies)
  • Adult dogs colliding
  • Mum stepping on puppies when very young
  • Bad birthing
  • Slipping when walking on or getting up and down on slippery surfaces such as tiles and wooden floors
  • Cold weather/winter exacerbating symptoms you didn’t notice before
  • Pushing through heavy doggy doors or using doors that are too small
  • Running into glass doors or headbutting tables and vehicle windscreens
  • Falling from height
  • Being hit on the back (eg objects falling on them in the back of a ute)
  • Landing badly after frisbee/ball jump-catch airtime
  • Walking/standing (dancing) on their rear legs
  • Incorrect bedding
  • Poor diet or lack of proper nutrition

Common Misdiagnosis

  • Arthritis
  • Displaysia (hip and/or elbow)
  • Meningitis
  • Cruciate ligament tear
  • Old age

What Not To Do

  • Do not use heat packs on your dog when they are sore

Heat packs promote swelling and will only increase discomfort for your dog

  • Do not massage your dog when they appear to be sore

If nerves are pinched this will only inflame the nerves causing muscle spasm which will not make your dog any more comfortable

  • Do not try yourself to manipulate your dog in any way

Reasons for this should be obvious

  • Do not allow inexperienced, inept, or dubious practitioners to manipulate your dog

Any practitioner no matter from what profession, training, or background who is unable to tell you what is wrong with your dog, how or what they believe they have to do to fix them, that they have dealt with your pets problem before and that they can fix it for you should not be manipulating your dog. If nerves are not released properly and in the correct order then depending on which nerves are pinched added pressure can be put onto joints and the brain causing excruciating pain and further damage. It will take more treatments to fix the damage caused by other people’s poor manipulations.

  • Do not continue to exercise your dog before getting the all clear

If your dog is walking abnormally due to pain then continuing to do so is the worst thing your dog can do in this condition and you should not facilitate any exercise until the problem has been fixed no matter how much your dog demands to be walked. Doing so will only be toning muscles to hold your dog in misalignment. Once nerves have been released and pain subsides full movement can return and it will be safe to exercise your dog again and start toning muscle for maintaining alignment rather than misalignment.

  • Do not allow a dog that is in pain or moving badly to remain in the company of other dogs

It may seem cruel to separate kennel mates who may be strongly bonded and although they may protest loudly your dog could become unusually aggressive towards the other dogs due to pain. Also what your dogs get up to together could be what has caused the problem in the first place. The work of treatments can be undone by immediate rough play, especially because your dog will feel great after a treatment and will want to play like crazy. If your dog had been out of alignment for a longer period of time and has any resulting muscle wastage it won’t take much of a bump from another dog to for it to go back out of alignment. Prevent this from happening by separating them until John can get your dog to full health again.

Facts

  • Dogs start to walk differently because it hurts them to walk normally
  • Problems will not go away on their own – symptoms may subside with rest but not for long
  • A dog’s pain is generally the result of pinched nerves & subsequent referral pain
  • Pinched nerves are present in all dogs
  • X-rays do not show nerves often resulting in misdiagnosis
  • Anti-inflammatory and pain relief medications while they relieve your dog’s pain will only mask problems – you may see your dog’s symptoms diminish however this will not fix what is causing the problem – medication does not address what caused the pain in the first place hence why symptoms will often return
  • The results of John’s treatments are instant (and sustained when owners work together with John as a team – complete restoration of your dog’s health is dependent on you making and maintaining the necessary changes required to stop problems from reoccurring)

Common Scenarios

  • Your dog is not walking properly

For example, not fully reaching forward with front legs or pushing back with rear legs because your dog’s muscles and body are not working as they should and you need to do something about it before it gets worse – do not just keep doing what you have been doing!

  • Your dog cannot lose weight

If your dog is not walking properly it will not lose weight easily. Muscles burn fat. If your dogs muscles are not working fully, due to your dog not being able to stretch out and walk properly because of pain, then no matter how much exercise they do it is impossible for them to efficiently burn fat

  • Your dog has limited movement

This is because your dog is experiencing pain when trying to walk/move normally. Walking incorrectly for a long period of time will lead to your dog having muscle wastage rather than muscles building up from exercise. No amount of exercise will help until nerves are released relieving pain and muscle spasm and enabling normal walking again so muscles can rebuild from being exercised properly.

  • Your dog has muscle wastage

Muscles hold bones in place and maintain skeletal alignment. If your dog’s muscles waste away then bones and joints can easily slip out of alignment. This results in nerves being pinched and leads to more obvious symptoms being exhibited such as limping.

  • Your dog appears to have suddenly deteriorated overnight

Dogs have a high pain tolerance and being pack animals they are reluctant to show weakness thus you will most likely not see major symptoms until the pain is too much for them and they have no choice. If you haven’t already noticed earlier the small and slowly incrementing changes in your dogs composition such as dipped or roached back, crabbing, etc then when your dog is suddenly unable to walk or move properly or is limping one morning for no apparent reason it will seem like your dog has suddenly deteriorated overnight – this is not the case and your dog has had problems for a long time.

Get in touch

If your animal is showing signs of restricted movement, lameness, or any change in behaviour that has you concerned get in touch with K9DogMan today.