Last week I discussed the benefits of chiropractic adjustments for musculoskeletal problems in dogs. Today I would like to continue with the topic of canine chiropractic, and focus on its benefits for various metabolic disease processes. I want to start by talking about “Goose”. She is my own little pug that I diagnosed with Granulomatous Meningoencephalitis when she was 11 months old. Since her original diagnosis she has continuously been on varying doses of prednisone (a steroid) to treat the swelling in her brain. She is six years old now, and in the past whenever I tried taking her off steroids even for a few days she would get worse neurologically. After almost five years of continuous steroids, in April of this year I started performing chiropractic adjustments on her on a weekly basis. Ever since I started chiropractic adjustments she has not been on any medications at all (4 months and counting)! She is so much more energetic and active now. Previously she could not go up stairs at all, now she can easily go up and down stairs. I used to have to hand feed her the canned dog food, but no longer have to do so. She also looks much more alert.
Chiropractic care is not just for musculoskeletal problems. There are many benefits of chiropractic treatments for metabolic disorders as well. When subluxations (misalignments) are corrected, it allows the blood flow and nerve impulses to restore normal connectivity. This can enhance the body’s innate ability to heal itself. There is a tendency to consider traditional veterinary medicine and chiropractic care as two separate approaches, it is either one or the other. I think that the “either/or” attitude is narrow minded; I believe the best approach is to combine both techniques for optimal health of the pet. Chiropractic care is not intended to replace traditional medicine, however in many cases it can be very beneficial in chronic illnesses and allow medications to be tapered (my pug Goose is a perfect example of this). I personally have seen chiropractic adjustments help a variety of non-musculoskeletal problems including chronic skin issues, seizures, allergies etc. Having an open mind with alternative treatment options including chiropractic for acute and chronic medical conditions can be very helpful for your pets.