Monday, August 10, 2015


Chiropractic care has been making steady inroads into veterinary medicine along with acupuncture and acupressure for the treatment of pain due to arthritis, sprains muscle spasms or for lameness and other conditions. 

Annie benefited from massage and acupressure during her current illness. With that in mind, I felt it worthwhile to post signs that would indicate some form of therapy necessary for your dog or cat's well-being:

  • Weak legs with or without pain.
  • Loss of use of any combination of limbs.
  • Yelping, crying, whining or whimpering after a particular movement.
  • Awkward body positions such as lifting a foot, lying on one side or hunching the back.
  • Foot dragging or unusual movements of the head or tail.
  • Difficulty climbing and/or going down stairs.
  • Difficulty standing or lying down.
  • Loss of ability to jump.
  • Difficulty swallowing or chewing.
Annie experienced several of the bullet-points above along with severe pain. Acupressure and massage kept her from becoming disabled. Alternative therapies should never be dismissed when treating our pets. I generally ask myself the following question: "If it's beneficial for us can it be beneficial for my pet?"