Here are some signs that indicate your pet should have a chiropractic assessment:

  • “Puppy Sitting”
  • Discomfort when putting on or taking off collars and harnesses
  • Abnormal posture when standing
  • Evasive maneuvers (i.e. dipping head or hollowing back)
  • Wringing or tucking tail
  • Difficulty going over jumps, jumping into the car, climbing stairs
  • Change in behaviour patterns
  • Sensitivity to touch
  • Facial expression of apprehension or pain
  • Pacing
  • Decreased extension in front or hind limbs
  • Side winding or crabbing
  • Stumbling while walking
  • Lick granulomas, skin lesions, scratching
  • Incontinence
  • Gait problems (i.e. limping, holding paw up, unable to weight bear)
  • Level of performance – agility


Keep in mind that spinal check-ups in healthy pets are also important!   Proactive care to catch early problems can make a world of difference.