Chasing too many squirrels or Ruff-housing could mean a car ride to the chiropractor for Fido and Fluffy. “What helps humans helps animals,” says Kendra Brough, Doctor of Chiropractic and founder of the Towne Centre Family Chiropractic Clinic in Preston. A chiropractor since 1995, Dr. Brough believes in caring for the whole family, including the family pet.
There are a few tell-tail signs that our pets may need a chiropractic adjustment. Rover may lie down at the thought of playing with a ball, or hide in a corner when it’s time for a walk, and possibly become agitated instead of welcoming a friendly pat on the head. Twinkles may have trouble leaping fearlessly to the counter top or climbing to the top of the stairs.
Like humans, the bones in the spine of Spot or Snuggles may not be gliding smoothly. At this point, a cascade of events can occur. When the nerves are not communicating properly with the body there may be a tightening of the muscles and soft tissue swelling causing discomfort.
Talon and Sparkles may be suspicious during the first exam. “They don’t know what to expect,” says Dr. Brough. Carefully, she starts her exam at the hind end, always reassuring her patients with a few important words: “It’s okay. I don’t have a thermometer.”
She feels the motion of the spine and how the bones move one above and below the other. With a gentle adjustment, she begins to help the bones move smoothly. “Their eyes become clearer,” she says. “You can see it.” With a shake to settle in the adjustment, Rocco realizes that Dr. Brough’s office is a happy place. By the second visit he knows he’s barking up the right tree. “Dogs come straight into the office and line up.”
From Sparky and Snookums to K9 athletes, the benefits of this treatment may lessen pain bringing about greater agility and performance. But, like humans, there is no guarantee that this treatment will bring about the desired results. For Dr. Brough, there is peace of mind when the treatment is positive. “You know it’s right when your pet wants to do the things he didn’t want to before.”
Dr. Brough tries to keep her four legged and two legged patients from meeting too often. “It’s a surprise. Most people don’t consider adjustments for animals,” she says. When human patients realize that she cares for these special family members the surprise turns to understanding.
A referral is not required; however, Dr. Brough advocates that a veterinary doctor is always the primary care giver for King and Princess.
Certified in Animal Chiropractic through the American Veterinary Chiropractic Association, Dr. Brough is able to adjust larger animals including horses and cows. However, she doesn’t make “barn” calls. “If they can fit through my door, they’re welcome.”
To book an appointment visit www.townecentrechiropractic.com or call 519-653-3022.