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Veterinary Spinal Manipulation Therapy

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Veterinary Spinal Manipulation Therapy

Animal Chiropractic Relieves Pain from Injury or Arthritis

VSMT on a DogVeterinary spinal manipulation therapy (VSMT) is the practice of aligning a pet’s skeletal system to promote healthy nerve communication. Sometimes called animal chiropractic, it also allows your pet a full range of motion after injury or arthritis. The vets at Animal Wellness Center are certified to provide VSMT.

VSMT is most often practiced on work animals like horses, but it is rising in popularity to help smaller pets like dogs and cats. This hands-on approach to pain management and stress relief may be used as an holistic alternative to daily medication or invasive surgery. Our trained veterinarians will help you determine if VSMT is the best treatment option for your dog or cat.

The Effects of Veterinary Spinal Manipulation in Dogs and Cats

Spinal manipulation helps stimulate the nerves of the body radiating from the spine in order to reduce tension from injury, age, or disease. This hands-on approach to health involves our veterinarians adjusting the pressure on vertebra, joints, or tendons. VSMT focuses on the following areas of the body:

  • Jaw
  • Neck
  • Spine
  • Hips

Therapy reduces joint stiffness for a few weeks at a time, though the exact results of VSMT will depend on your pet’s age and health. For example, an older pet with arthritis may need multiple sessions while a younger animal recovering from an injury may only need 1 treatment. Our vets will determine how many sessions will work best for your pet based on how they respond to the first round of treatment.

Your pet may experience some soreness after their session.

Cat Being Treated with Veterinary Spinal ManipulationHolistic Pain Relief Treatment for Wisconsin Pets

A dog or cat may need VSMT if they were recently injured or have arthritis. Injuries are often hard for pet owners to spot, since animals instinctively hide their pain. A change in posture, such as limping or sitting in an odd position, could be one sign your pet has a hidden injury. Watch for changes in behavior as well. Remember: you know your pet better than anyone.

Older pets or large dog breeds with arthritis also benefit greatly from VSMT sessions. Instead of taking a daily pill, they could experience weeks of easy movement thanks to VSMT. Visit one of our four clinics in Waukesha, Fond du Lac, Oak Creek, and Burlington to meet our veterinarians and learn more about spinal manipulation for your dog or cat.

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Contact Animal Wellness Center for more information on veterinary spinal manipulation therapy in Wisconsin.