Animal Chiropractor Specialist In Fort Collins
Fort Collins chiropractor Dr. Steve Cook, DC is a Certified Animal Chiropractor and adjusts dogs inside his clinic next door to Whole Foods in mid-town Fort Collins. Animal chiropractic can be used alongside veterinary medicine to help your dog or horse experience the best health and quality of life possible. If your animal shows signs of pain, discomfort, or changes in behavior, take them to see animal chiropractor Steve Cook, DC, at Brave Roots Chiropractic in Fort Collins. Dr. Cook cares for dogs in his office and offers house calls for horses. To learn more about the benefits of animal chiropractic, call the office or schedule a consultation online today.
Horse Chiropractor in Fort Collins
You love your horse, and like any other friend, you want to protect their health and well-being. A horse chiropractor in Fort Collins can help maintain your animal’s body so they can move and perform at their best.
It’s easy to understand that a life rich with companionship is all you truly desire for the two of you. Unfortunately, the joint-related conditions that can impact a horse’s vigor and quality of life are often overlooked and under-served. The simple truth is a horse’s body needs basic maintenance just like ours.
Dog's age just like we do and often accumulate similar injuries to their spine and joints. This can result in lasting damage to their joints and a shorter lifespan in the long run if it is unaddressed. Their spines are remarkably similar to ours with the biggest exception being they have 27 vertebra and humans only have 24. Having a trained canine chiropractor examine and adjust your dog can sometimes be exactly what your dog needs to heal, rejuvenate and unwind from the repetitive stressors of their lives.
Stressors such as wiping out on wood floors, repeatedly climbing stairs, jumping off couches, and of course, backyard collisions with other dogs. Not to mention the athletic injuries that come with the typical Fort Collins lifestyle of trail running, biking, and traveling with the family. Dog back pain is a real thing and so are the secondary health problems that arise from small, repetitive spinal injuries. Our Fort Collins dog chiropractor can help protect your animal and the investment you've made in having them with effective chiropractic care.
New Animal Patient Appointment
A new patient appointment for animal chiropractic care in our clinic starts with a conversation about why you have decided to come in. Dr. Steve will also want to know what your dog's life is like so he can start to formulate a running list of possible problems your dog is experiencing.
Next, he will give your dog a canine chiropractic exam – focusing on detecting areas of abnormal gait, decreased spinal mobility, increased inflammation, and altered function. This is accomplished by watching the dog move and gently examining its spine. The assessment is highly detailed, analytical, and precise.
Lastly, your dog will receive their needed canine chiropractic adjustments. This is usually performed with the owner's hands loving on the dog's face while Dr. Steve applies gentle adjustments to the bones of their spine, shoulders, and legs. Follow-up instructions for home care are given if needed and a summary of your animal chiropractor visit will be sent to your veterinarian for their records.
Many of our animal chiropractic clients choose to bring their dog in for routine checks – monthly or quarterly, throughout the year. You are always welcome for a quick wellness adjustment whenever you'd like. Visiting your Fort Collins dog chiropractor is always a great thing to do for your animal.
Animal Chiropractor Q & A
Animal chiropractic combines principles of veterinary and chiropractic medicine to preserve and improve the neuromusculoskeletal health of animals. As a certified animal chiropractor, Dr. Cook has completed extensive study in the anatomy and physiology of animals — specifically focusing on dogs and horses — and the signs and symptoms they may experience when their nervous or musculoskeletal systems aren’t functioning properly.
While animal chiropractic doesn’t replace traditional veterinary care, Dr. Cook works with you, your pet, and your veterinarian to ensure your pet or working animal has the best health possible.
As an animal owner, you know your pet and their behavior well. If your pet shows any of the following signs or symptoms, it’s time to bring them in for an evaluation:
- Pain when being touched, pet, or lifted
- Reluctance or difficulty moving
- Trouble getting up after lying down
- Negative changes in attitude or behavior
- Sitting in an unusual position
- Changes in eating or eliminating
- Licking or chewing paws excessively
- Lameness or changes in gait
- Lying only on one side
- Changes in performance
Your animal may also show unique signs and symptoms outside their normal behavior and personality. If this is a red flag for you, speak to Dr. Cook about a consultation and exam.
At your first visit, Dr. Cook thoroughly examines your pet and asks questions to get to know your pet’s behavior, personality, and symptoms. Dr. Cook may also want to review X-rays, lab reports, or other testing results you’ve received from your veterinarian.
Dr. Cook then examines your pet, looking for signs of pain and discomfort, assessing gait, posture, and movement of the spinal vertebra and other joints. Once he determines your pet’s diagnosis and explains the details to you, he may recommend a chiropractic adjustment.
Like an adjustment on a human, Dr. Cook applies a quick, direct force to the area of motion restriction in the affected joint. This is not painful for your pet, though it may surprise them. In about 24-72 hours, you’ll be able to notice a difference.
Dr. Cook sees dogs in his office and provides house calls for horses throughout Northern Colorado. To schedule a visit, call Brave Roots Chiropractic or book online.
Brave Roots Chiropractic: Steve Cook, DC in Fort Collins has experience helping individuals and their pets suffering from symptoms of injury or illness. Call today to see if chiropractic care can help your dog or horse.
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