• Animal chiropractors are licensed Doctors of Chiropractic or Doctors of Veterinary Medicine who have undergone extensive additional training in anatomy, neurology, biomechanics, pathology, rehabilitation, and chiropractic adjusting techniques. Further competency board examinations can be completed with the College of Animal Chiropractors (COAC) and the American Veterinary Chiropractic Association (AVCA).
  • In addition to adjustments, many other soft tissue techniques as well as stretching and rehabilitative exercises are used in the treatment of your animal.
  • Animal chiropractic is NOT a replacement for traditional veterinary care but is a complimentary and integrative therapy. I welcome the opportunity to work with your veterinarian to provide your animal with the best and most complete care in order to achieve their optimal health and wellness.
  • Dr. Rachel has successfully completed the Canadian Animal Chiropractic Certification Program at the Veterinary Chiropractic Learning Centre and is a Certified Animal Chiropractor with the College of Animal Chiropractors (CoAC).

Indications for Chiropractic Care:

  • Neck, back, or tail pain
  • Neurological issues
  • Injuries/falls
  • General stiffness
  • Difficulty with stairs or getting up and down
  • TMJ or dental issues
  • Sensitivity to touch
  • Recent surgery
  • Limping or abnormal gait
  • Change in behaviour
  • Chronic health problems
  • Diagnosed conditions (hip dysplasia, osteoarthritis, intervertebral disc disease, etc.)

Horses may also benefit from chiropractic care if they have any of the following signs:

  • Refusal to pick up a lead or leg
  • Head shaking
  • Bucking under saddle
  • “Hunter’s bump”
  • Muscle imbalances
  • Unequal bending, inability to flex or collect
  • “Girthy” when saddled
  • Sensitivity when groomed
  • Injuries after a fall

Chiropractic is also important for wellness and maintenance care to promote:

  • Proper development in young animals
  • Optimal performance in working, show, and competition animals
  • Geriatric mobility and function

What to Expect

On the first visit, Dr. Bentley will take a full health history of your animal and perform a physical examination. This could involve watching the animal’s gait, performing ranges of motion, a neurological examination, and palpation to find any areas of pain, restriction or muscle tightness.

After the adjustment, some home-care exercises or stretches may be prescribed. Dr. Bentley will tell you how your animal might expect to feel after the adjustment, and may recommend a short walk for your pet or controlled turnout for your horse. This will allow their body to adjust to the changes they have experienced with the treatment.

Follow-up visits can be booked at any time. Some animals only require a single adjustment, and others respond well to an ongoing maintenance or preventative care schedule. The amount of time between adjustments is also different for every animal and depends on many factors such as if their complaint is acute or chronic, general health, age, previous treatment, etc. Dr. Bentley will come up with an individualized plan of management that will work best for your animal.

The initial assessment and first adjustment takes about 40 minutes and subsequent visits are generally much shorter.

All animal chiropractic is performed at Shining Waters Chiropractic clinic in Peterborough. In special circumstances, house calls can be arranged with a nominal travel fee.

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