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Dog Chiropractor

Discussion in 'Doberman Health Issues and Questions' started by Ddski5, May 14, 2018.

  1. Ddski5

    Ddski5 Hot Topics Subscriber $ Forum Donor $

    I have seen this mentioned a couple of times on here but never really seen an animal chiropractor.

    Are they pretty common where y’all are at?

    How does the chiropractor adjust a 85lb Doberman that does not want to be adjusted?

    I am sure pet insurance will cover but privately, is it expensive?

    So he just kinda pops the different sections of their back and your off on your way until next time?

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  2. GennyB

    GennyB Moderator Hot Topics Subscriber

    Common? Not sure I would say that. More like available. You can check here to see if one is available in your area. American Veterinary Chiropractic Association - chiropractic, spinal,
    I can say ours has been a Godsend having multiple dobes wrestling around with each other. They are always getting something twisted tugged or pulled with their body slamming antics.
    I think as far as expense, it depends on location like most things.
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  3. Doberman Gang

    Doberman Gang Hot Topics Subscriber

    They even adjust horses, so they are out there. Around here the cost varies from $35-$85
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  4. Drogon

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    I'm lucky enough that my vet also does Chiro and is just 5 min away. It is pretty easy and Drogon didn't mind it at all. Seemed more like a back rub. I'll be taking Fury when he is older. It is great for working dogs or even just highly active dogs.
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  5. LifeofRubie

    LifeofRubie Notable member

    We've not had to go to one but one of our agility dog friends started refusing weave poles and jumps at certain heights so they started going to someone around here (Chicago burbs) and the change has been amazing! They do more than just adjust; they were working on some stretches and strengthening exercises, too. She's weaving and jumping with a pep in her step we haven't seen in a while. I am not sure how much it costs but our insurance specifically says they do not cover it with certain exceptions, maybe. I would submit the receipt anyway and see what they made of it.

    Any service or procedure used to prevent, preserve or improve general nutrition or health, even if prescribed by a veterinarian. For example, we will not pay for: dietary or nutritional supplements, acupuncture, chiropractic care, holistic care, etc, unless it is prescribed by your veterinarian to treat your pet’s covered condition.
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  6. strykerdobe

    strykerdobe Hot Topics Subscriber

    Yes always read the EXCLUSIONS first before buying Pet Insurance!

    Some cover Alternative Care like Acupuncture and others, Holistic Supplements and Herbs. Which go towards your yearly amount you choose.
    Most will not cover a Wellness visit. Unless you have a Wellness Supplement.
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  7. Kaiser2016

    Kaiser2016 Active Member

    I have heard from Dobe owners that they need chiro for adjustments because things fall out of alignment and that can lead to injury for a more sporty dog. And it's not just for older dogs!

    When I started looking, I didn't expect to find many but there were several to choose from in the city and some in smaller nearby towns too. I talked to mine over the phone first to get an idea of how she operates. She was fully up to date with reduced vax protocols and raw diets - bonus!

    I had seen one chiro adjust a Dobe using a small finger sized metal tool to tap along the spine. She didn't feel anything with her hands which seemed odd to me because human chiro doesn't work that way. Hardly thorough and my current chiro also doesn't like that method. Kaiser's chiro is fully hands on.

    Commands that help: down, flat, stand, stay.

    Cost: Initial consult is $120 for 1 hour and I asked a ton of questions! Follow ups are $50 and last 15 minutes. His insurance covers it with a vet referral.
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  8. Ddski5

    Ddski5 Hot Topics Subscriber $ Forum Donor $

    We have Embrace pet insurance and they just told me.

    If the chiropractic visits were to help treat some sort of issue that was going on, those would be eligible for coverage. However, if they were just routine adjustments, those would not be eligible for coverage.
  9. Kaiser2016

    Kaiser2016 Active Member

    Our issue was that he stopped giving handshakes with his right paw. We taught him 'handshake' with his left paw, which is wrong because you shake hands with opposite hands, so with the correct paw, it's 'do we have a deal'. Lol, I know :rolleyes: But that in combination with someone mentioning he was standing with 'long toes' in the back made me wonder. I read on here some time ago that something like 70% of a dogs support is coming from his front assembly. So 'reduced mobility' was our issue. Our insurance policy seems to want a vet referral for everything and then they cover it without any fuss.
  10. strykerdobe

    strykerdobe Hot Topics Subscriber

    Yes Its just like if you are going to start Echo and doing Holters every year. Most insurances will not cover them if no condition, lets say a Heart Murmur was discovered first. This is where some Insurances you can get a wellness plan. But need to read the fine print in the Policy.
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    If you notice a condition in the future I would take him to your Vet. Then I would have your vet document the condition. Then ok it with your Vet to see a Chiropractor or any other specialist.
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