LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — From minor pain and behavioral changes to the most serious nerve problems, chiropractic care can make a difference in pets of all sizes.
In part two of our special series focusing on holistic approaches, Kirsten Joyce, presenter of 8 News Now, introduces us to a chiropractor who went from human clients to fur babies.
Shawn Orluske and his 10-year-old Cocker Spaniel, Marlee, make routine visits for chiropractic care to see Dr. Sidney Carter.
Marlee had serious health issues, including seizures and two knee surgeries, as well as chemotherapy for underlying issues in her hind legs.
She’s starting to not walk due to pain and the needle, a severe burn on her leg, which is why we’re here to see Dr. Carter, Orluske told 8 News Now.
Dr. Carter started two decades ago as a human chiropractor by trade, but an incident with his dog caused him to rethink his choice of clients.
“My dog jumped out of bed before work one day, hurt his back and I didn’t have the skills to help my own dog,” Dr Carter said.
He has completed additional training with our state’s American Veterinary Chiropractic Association and treats animals full time.
Dr. Carter even makes house calls, depending on the mobility of the animals.
Unlike treating humans where corrections can take much longer to see results,
With animals, Dr. Carter said he tends to see improvements depending on the circumstances, within the first three treatments.
Since being adjusted by Dr. Carter, Marlee has stopped having seizures.
“We do a bunch of supportive care and we walk in a slightly different posture if we have any issues and correct secondary issues as we go along,” Dr. Carter added.
“We do it for us, so why not do it for them, it’s amazing the relief that it’s almost instantaneously,” Orluske said. “I think there needs to be more, dog chiropractors, I think that’s amazing, a gift you can give your dog.”
A lot of chiropractic care is for dogs with discs and back problems.
And although there is no cure for arthritis, animals are being treated for it.
By improving range of motion, animals feel better, and if they feel better, they move better.
The initial cost of treatment is $99 for assessment and treatment, then $45 for a follow-up appointment.