When you think of going to a chiropractor for an adjustment, you rarely think of bringing Fido with you, but for some it's becoming a growing trend.
When Karen Sutton's dog Nikki finished her fourth round of antibiotics for the same bladder infection she's had for four months, she began looking for other treatment options; a chiropractor and acupuncturist.
Sutton says, "I found her eyes looked brighter, she ate better, and she slept better." With weekly acupuncture treatments and adjustments, Nikki's bladder infection is gone and hasn't come back since she started seeing Dr. McFarland at Abundant Health.
Dr. Shalona McFarland says that acupuncture can help increase circulation in animals, increase energy flow, decrease pain and increase immunity.
She also treats many animals, from dogs and cats, to horses and lamas.
McFarland says you can tell when your animal needs to be adjusted; "when you run your hand down their spine there will be a hot spot, a spot that is 15 to 20 degree's hotter than everywhere else."
When Sutton brings Nikki in for her adjustments and acupuncture treatment it costs fifty bucks for both together, but she says that beats the cost of four vet visits and four rounds of antibiotics and she plans to continue the care even when Nikki is all healed.
Dr. McFarland says that most of her animal patients come through recommendations from veterinarians.