Sweet Cyda and her Constipation

Meet Cyda- this sweet Siamese cat is one we can’t help but adore. She’s dealt with a great deal of issues recently but one of them is no longer a problem…her constipation! Cyda has dealt with limping in both her back and front end, and several months ago it was due to her being “backed up”. This is a more common problem than most of us realize, and getting her to go made all the difference!


Cyda came to us because she was limping in both her back and front end. Last time this occurred it was because she hadn’t been able to poop. Her nerves controlling her ability to contract her bowels weren’t working properly and in turn this also affected the nerves controlling her back legs. Within an hour of her first adjustment Cyda was able to have a proper movement without straining.


Since then, we’ve know moved focus to the greater issue at hand which is really her front end, however that is a tale for another time. Right now, we want to say how happy we are that this baby girl hasn’t had any more bathroom issues. The straining is gone and she goes regularly without trouble! Her hind end is strong and she shows no weakness. This just goes to show how all the nerves work together, and when something is impacted (whether that be literally or figuratively) everything can be altered!

To go or not to go: Constipation in Pets

Constipation and Chiropractic – What’s the Connection?


constipated                Have you ever noticed your pet straining to do their business, and yet nothing comes out? Constipation isn’t a condition that only affects humans, unfortunately. It can hinder our fur family as well. The good news? Chiropractic care helps many animals afflicted with this condition – especially those that don’t have success with traditional treatments. Why is this you ask? First, we must understand the causes of constipation. Then, we can discuss what animal chiropractic is and how it can help our pets.

What are the causes of constipation?

                  There are numerous causes of constipation. These include:

  • Dehydration
  • Swallowing a foreign object like a rock, etc.
  • Intestinal obstruction
  • Infected anal glands
  • Stress
  • Neuromuscular disorders involving injury to the nerves that supply the muscles of the colon

The last reason listed is of particular interest to animal chiropractors. To understand why, we must first understand what animal chiropractic care is.

What is animal chiropractic?

Animal chiropractors are vets or chiropractors who pursue post-graduate education in animal care and are board certified. They are trained to evaluate the spine and look for biomechanical abnormalities, often referred to as structural shifts. When they find these, they use very gentle corrections to return them to their normal position. Why is this a big deal? Structural shifts cause an inflammatory response that can affect the spinal cord and nerves throughout the spine.

How can animal chiropractic help our constipated friends?

Unfortunately, these spinal abnormalities can disturb the nerves that run to and from the intestine. This can impair the message between the control centers that initiate defecation and the muscles responsible for pushing. It’s like trying to watch satellite TV on a day when there’s a massive thunderstorm. The image is fuzzy because the message from the satellite cannot get through the obstruction of the storm.

The main nerves responsible for using the restroom come from the rear end area around the hips.   This area is also under a lot of stress as a result of the crazy things our pets do. Even something as simple as jumping onto a couch may affect the spine in the rear end. If this occurs, it can cause inflammation of the nerves running to the colon. Animal chiropractors are trained to detect these minor misalignments and gently correct them. This will result in a normal alignment that reduces the inflammation in the area affecting all the nerves. If there is a neurological component to your pet’s constipation, chiropractic can help them out!

To sum everything up, constipation is a condition that affects all species. There are many different reasons it may occur. However, subtle problems with the nerves as a result of biomechanical issues in the spine are hard to detect and may result in constipation. This is where animal chiropractors can help, and make your pet regular again!


Reverse Sneezing in Dogs

Reverse Sneezing And Your Dog – What Is It?

reversesneezeReverse sneezing is a common respiratory event in dogs characterized by sudden, rapid, and repeated inhalations through the nose, followed by snorts and gagging. This can be a terrifying experience for dog owners. The good news? It doesn’t appear to be harmful for dogs without underlying conditions such as heart disease. In fact, many dogs are normal before and after a reverse sneezing attack. Why does this occur then?

What is the cause?

                  There are a few potential causes of a reverse sneeze. However, the most common appear to be the result of soft palate irritation. This can be caused by many factors including:

  • Excitement
  • Eating or drinking
  • Exercise
  • Irritation of the throat via a leash
  • Foreign bodies in the throat

These potential irritators lead to a narrowing of the airway making it temporarily difficult to breathe. As a result, a dog will try and remove the offending aggravator by rapidly breathing in an out – which may sound like choking. This is the body’s way of trying to clear the affected respiratory area.

reversesneezeHow to treat reverse sneezing?

Typically, a dog will not need any treatment. Most episodes end up resolving quickly on their own. However, there are a couple of treatment methods that can be used depending on the severity of the condition. To begin with, some believe an episode can be shortened by closing the dog’s nostrils with your hand and gently massaging the throat for a few seconds. It is possible this works by helping the dog relax and forcing them to breathe through their mouth. If the episode doesn’t resolve quickly, or is chronic, vets may recommend anti-histamines. This appears to be rarely necessary though.

Reverse sneezing is a scary condition the first time an owner experiences it. After all, it can sound a lot like choking. It is rarely an issue for dogs though. In fact, most dogs are completely normal after an episode. It typically doesn’t require anything more than time. However, if you are concerned about your pet’s health, certainly contact your veterinarian.


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Puppies and Chiropractic Care

We’ve all experienced the joy of watching puppies play. These little furballs tumble and toss one another around like it’s their job. When they’re small, it doesn’t look as if these tiny somersaults have much of an effect on their bodies. As they get bigger, however, these tiny tumbles turn into much larger falls with an even greater impact on their developing bodies. Let’s take a moment and think about how imperative proper development is to all growing animals.


The most important time in any animal’s life, both emotionally and physically, is the first eighteen months. During this time they begin to develop both personality and their adult structure. All of those bumps and bruises they experience during puppyhood can become engrained in their adult structure if not addressed in a timely manner. As the saying goes, “as the limb grows, so grows the tree”. Keep this in mind when visualizing your animal’s structure. If they go through the beginning of life in an abnormal manner, it stands to reason that their structure will develop around this, and abnormal will become their “normal”.


Imagine for a moment, your puppy is playing with another dog in the backyard. You watch as they run at lightning speed chasing one another. As one catches up to the other, he makes a jump and they both go down twisting a turning. You hold your breath praying neither is hurt. Moments later they’re both up and running again, as if nothing had happened. That means everything is okay right? Well let’s change perspectives for a second. If your toddler fell down a flight of stairs, would you be concerned even if they got right back up and continued tottering? Probably. In fact you’d likely be on the phone with your pediatrician very quickly to see if further action needed to be taken.


Why wouldn’t we be just as concerned with our puppy? It is probably because they rarely show weakness. Animals live their lives as part of a pack. They each have a rank within the pack, and being lowest on the totem pole makes one susceptible to constant challenges and possibly death. Though we would never dream of kicking our pet out, they cannot differentiate between a pack with you as an alpha and a pack with another dog as an alpha. Weakness is their ticket out, and for this reason they will do everything in their power to avoid showing any.


When your puppy plays hard, he is bound to hurt himself and alter his normal structure. More often than not, that normal structure changes as compensation for injury, rarely is it due to the injury itself. When animals are young their bodies have the ability to mold more easily than at an older age. With that in mind it makes it even more important to make sure their nervous system and skeletal system is stable at this time. Developing with an incorrect structure can have some serious long-term complications. Animals with improper structure are more likely to experience weakened joints which in turn lead to weakened ligaments and musculature, weakened soft tissue can lead to soft tissue injury. The list goes on.


What can you do to make sure your puppy develops properly? For one, chiropractic is imperative. Animal chiropractors make sure your animal is in proper alignment and has within normal joint mobility. Doing this allows for your puppy experience puppyhood without quite the risk it might normally have, rather than living in a bubble during the developmental months. Chiropractic adjustments are gentle, low force, and very effective on maintaining a stable structure. If you have further questions regarding your puppy and how to provide a solid environment for growth, feel free to contact us at or at 248 602 0807.