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Does Preventive Dog Chiropractic Care Make Sense?

by Nancy
(New Jersey)

My concern is in reference to my two-yr old female golden retriever Willow. Our veterinarian is holistic and recommends preventive dog chiropractic care.

The program consists of multiple treatments (not through on-hand manipulation, instead a little silver pressure instrument) weekly initially, then monthly, and now every six months. Each session takes no more than five minutes.

I'm going along with our vet's recommendation, however, this preventive protocol is expensive. I have my doubts as to whether it is important to continue for prevention and if it is
a proven path to long-term health. Of course I want to do what is best for Willow and not deny her chiro treatments if they are truly beneficial.

BTW, presently Willow is healthy, energetic, alert. Her organic diet consists of 50% raw, 25% cooked (veggies), 25% Timberwolf dry.

May I have your input on this subject?

Thanks much for your help.


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Oct 05, 2012
by: Gina Frias

I'm sorry I do not much about Chiropractic care but I have heard other holistic vet encourage maintenance chiropractic care for your growing pup every three months during the period when his frame is developing. By keeping your dog's growing body aligned, you can help prevent compensatory changes and joint stress.

But my real question was on dry food you mentioned, Timberwolf. Which one do you feed? Is it the Platinum one? Do you like it? Are you satisfied with it and its results?

Thanks for your feedback

Oct 05, 2012
by: Nancy

Gina, regarding your questions on Timberwolf, I've been feeding Willow the Ocean Blue variety. She likes it, but she also likes fresh salmon and other types of fish.
In general Willow has a healthy looking coat, food agrees with her. I'm pleased with results of diet.

Oct 09, 2012
My Online Vet Response for: Does Preventive Dog Chiropractic Care Make Sense?
by: Dr. Carol Jean Tillman

Hi Nancy,
As I do not have much formal training in chiropractic veterinary medicine, I referred to two colleagues that are much more knowledgeable in that area.

Dr. Lisa Brienen responds: "It actually sounded like a really good plan - if the clients go for the extra cost and visits - for a young active dog and now they're just down to 6 month maintenance.

I don't think it was money wasted provided the vet is well trained. I did the same thing (preventive chiro care) when my kids were little and growing from when they were first born - there's so much minor (and not so minor) crashing around and puppies and dogs are so much like little kids!"

Dr. Jackie Obando-Sehn, a holistic veterinarian and Past President of the AVH (Academy of Veterinary Homeopathy), says, "The preventative protocol should necessarily be optional, and particularly beneficial for athletic dogs who do agility, flyable etc, but much less critical to a house pet. There are so many important components to a formula for excellent health, like diet and supplements, that one must pick and choose, and with a golden retriever, I'd invest on other things BEFORE choosing such activator (the silver thing) repeat applications. It IS healthy to move one's spine, though - but does this owner practice this with herself? Massage and trail walks and having fun and swimming are no less important."

So, take your pick. Also, the diet you have outlined sounds fabulous. The only improvement would be to transition to totally raw food (Which might be quite expensive for a large dog, like a Golden Retriever!)

Click here to find a holistic veterinarian in your area. Another resource for vets knowledgeable in homeopathy is

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Take care,
Dr. Carol Jean Tillman

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Related Pages:
- Alternative Medicine for Dogs
- Dog Chiropractic Care

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