Animal Chiropractic in Melbourne

Canine / Dog Chiropractic

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Equine / Horse Chiropractic

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Feline / Cat Chiropractic

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Canine / Dog Chiropractic

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What may my dog do or not do to communicate that he/she is uncomfortable or possibly subluxated?

Here are some suggestions of what your dog may show you if they are ready for their chiropractic adjustment. Again, this is not an all inclusive list but it is what is common to see.

  • Abnormal posture
  • Difficulty climbing stairs or jumping into a car, bed or couch or hesitation when jumping out or off of these places
  • Decreased performance and/or activity level
  • "Puppy sitting"
  • Holding their tail to one side and/or decreased wagging
  • Only lying to one side
  • Persistent licking or chewing paws
  • Touch sensitivity
  • Pain when pet or picked up
  • Changes in behavior and/or personality
  • Difficulty chewing or eating food
  • Decreased appetite or difficulty eating
  • Altered rhythm to their gait
  • Stiffness
  • Muscle atrophy
  • Decreased range of motion
  • Decreased flexibility
  • Incontinence can be caused by a subluxation
  • Recurrent ear infections
  • Shortened stride
  • Recurrent anal gland infections
  • Recurrent UTI's
  • Increase or decrease in sensitivity
  • Lameness
  • Decrease or absence of swing in the back during movement
  • Increased immune system reaction

*Always consult your primary Veterinarian for questions and concerns regarding your dog's condition and health. Dr. Ashley is a Doctor of Chiropractic, NOT a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine. Her focus is to diagnose and treat vertebral subluxations and subluxations in the extremities.  

Equine (Horse) Chiropractic

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 How will I know that my horse is subluxated and needs to be checked?

Here are some common symptoms that your horse may show you when trying to communicate that he/she is uncomfortable due to a subluxation. These are some suggestions that we have seen over time, however, this is by no means an extensive list. 

  • Abnormal posture
  • Behavioral changes
  • Decrease in performance
  • Sensitivity or pain to touch or riding aids
  • Difficulty with higher levels of coordination and movement (as you increase levels, i.e. lateral and collection movements)
  • Swishing his/her tail
  • Pinning his/her ears, possibly when cinching
  • Difficulty eating and/or chewing (dropping large amounts of food after their teeth have been floated)
  • Throwing his/her head up in the air
  • Hollowing his/her back 
  • Non-rhythmic gait patterns
  • Short striding
  • Bucking
  • Picking up a counter-canter or cross-canter or incorrect lead
  • Falling behind the bit
  • Leaning on the rider's hands, either one or both reins
  • Moving with haunches-in when asked for a straight line
  • Unusual stiffness
  • Clipping their hooves
  • Difficulty engaging their hind-end
  • Decreased range of motion in any gait
  • Lameness
  • Difficulty carrying themselves, whether collected or when asked for long and low
  • Difficulty flexing at the poll
  • The rider feels 'off-center' or 'off-balance;

*Always consult your primary Veterinarian for questions and concerns regarding your horse's condition and health. Dr. Ashley is a Doctor of Chiropractic, NOT a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine. Her focus is to diagnose and treat subluxations in the extremities and vertebral subluxation complexes. 

Feline (Cat) Chiropractic

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What if my cat is subluxated or uncomfortable? What will he/she show me to indicate or communicate that I should have him/her checked? 

Here are some suggestions on what your feline may show you. This is not an all inclusive list but it is a list of what is most common to see.

  • Stops grooming themselves
  • Cries or appears to be in pain when pet
  • Sensitive to the touch
  • Changes in attitude and personality, such as acting cranky
  • Difficulty jumping
  • Decreased appetite
  • Difficulty urinating
    • This can be a medical emergency and your primary Veterinarian should first be consulted for an examination.​
  • Incontinence can be caused by a subluxation
    • This can be a medical emergency and your primary Veterinarian should first be consulted for an examination.​

*Always consult your primary Veterinarian for questions and concerns regarding your cat's condition and health. Dr. Ashley is a Doctor of Chiropractic, NOT a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine. Her focus is to diagnose and treat subluxations in the extremities and vertebral subluxation complexes. 

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