What kinds of animals can be treated?

Dogs and horses are the most commonly treated animals, however any pet can potentially benefit from chiropractic care.  Dr. Greidanus has experience treating rabbits, cattle, ferrets and deer too!


How does a person adjust a horse?

Adjustments are focused on one joint and require speed, precision and control to be effective.  Horses may be large but these principles can be applied as easily as with a smaller animal.


What symptoms may indicate need for animal chiropractic care?

In horses:
  • Short striding
  • Behavioral changes such as refusals, cinchy, bucking
  • Decreased level of performance
  • Diagnosed conditions, such as degenerative arthritis
  • Problems or difficulty executing desired movements
  • Muscle imbalance, spasms, or atrophy
  • Biomechanical changes caused by various riding and training equipment, performance level and ability of the rider, shoeing
  • Gait changes
  • Injuries resulting from falls, training, or other activities

In small animals:

  • “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


How many treatments will be required?

Number of treatments can vary based on several different factors, including age, physical condition and severity of any problem that the animal may have.  In general, animals respond more quickly to chiropractic care than humans do!  Minor issues are often resolved in 3-4 treatments, each typically a week or two apart.  Many owners find that continuing with periodic treatments helps to maintain their animal’s optimal state of health.


Is it necessary to get a referral from a veterinarian for chiropractic care?

Veterinary referral is not necessary.  It is beneficial for me to work in conjunction with your vet and any other professional who cares for your animal (i.e.  trainers, farriers, massage therapists, etc.)