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What is animal chiropractic?


  • A chiropractic adjustment is a short lever, high velocity controlled thrust by hand or instrument directed at specific articulations to correct vertebral subluxations.

  • It comprises the adjustment of vertebral joints, extremity joints, and cranial sutures.

  • It includes evaluating the patient’s history, intended use/athleticism, health state, and prior x-rays and tests.

  • A chiropractic exam includes a neurological exam, stance and gait analysis, and motion and static palpation.


How Chiropractic Works:


  • The bones of the spine and joints are maintained in a specific alignment.

  • The nerves surrounding each joint and vertebral articulation are in constant communication with the central nervous system, brain, and all organs.

  • When even a subtle change in the alignment occurs, it is called a subluxation.

  • Subluxations affect the nervous system, local muscles, joints and even distant organs, glands and body functions.


Why Chiropractic can work for your animal:

  • All organs receive nervous system input from nerves which exit between vertebrae.

  • Correcting subluxations of these areas can change the nervous system input and affect blood flow, as well as hormone and neurotransmitter levels directly affecting the organs and glands, skin and joints. 


What to expect after an adjustment:

  • Many animals will show immediate improvement.

  • Sometimes there is a 24-48 hour period of tiredness.

  • Some animals require a few sessions to resolve acute pain.

  • Often, with chronic health problems, the doctor will want to see your animal several times to maintain and re-establish normal function of the joints and nervous system.


How many adjustments will it take?

  • In the case of a recent injury or subluxation, one adjustment may be adequate, but a follow-up is needed to ensure your companion is well.

  • Often no outward signs occur to let owners know when a subluxation occurs.


How do I ensure the best treatment response?


  • Be certain to share all the information with the doctor about your pet’s care from all healthcare providers, including diet, supplements, and medications.

  • Be certain you understand post-adjustment exercises and home therapy recommendations.

  • Pay attention to saddle fit, shoeing, exercise, collar, harness, and conditioning recommendations.


Do I need a referral from my vet?

  • No.  Dr. Charita Cooper is certified in animal chiropractic by the AVCA, and a vet referral is not needed.  

How much does animal chiropractic cost at the office?

  • The initial exam is $75. Treatments after the first exam are $50.   


How much does animal chiropractic cost at the barn?  

  • Small farm animal initial exam $75.  Treatments after the first exam  are $50

  • Large Farm initial $150.  Treatments after first exam $ 100

  • TRAVEL FEES are based on the distance traveled as well as the number of animals being adjusted or examined. Dr. Cooper plans her days for geographic efficiency, sharing barn calls among as many owners as possible.


What is your Cancellation policy?​

  • Please be considerate and provide a minimum of 24 hours notification to reschedule or cancel an appointment.


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