Animal Chiropractor Specialist

Brave Roots Chiropractic

Steve Cook, DC

Chiropractor & Animal Chiropractor located in Fort Collins, CO

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, Colorado. 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.

Animal Chiropractor Q & A

What is animal chiropractic?

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.

Why should I take my dog or horse to see an animal chiropractor?

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.

What should I expect when I take my pet to an animal chiropractor?

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.

*Individual results may vary.