Animals, just like humans, need chiropractic care. Regardless of shape, size, or anatomy, the basic principles of chiropractic hold true to any animal with a spine. When vertebrae become misaligned, there is a disruption of nerve flow to whatever area of the body those nerves control, creating a number of health issues.
Animal chiropractic, also called veterinary chiropractic, offers a drug-free approach to pet health care. It’s important for your pets to receive routine animal chiropractic care because they can’t verbally tell us when something is wrong. Regular animal adjusting ensures they maintain a healthy spine and nervous system.
Looking for an animal chiropractor?
Parker has trained more than 170 doctors in this field. View the list of animal chiropractic doctors to find one in your area.
Animal adjusting may be an appropriate treatment plan for:
- Neck, back, leg, and tail pain
- Muscle spasms, nerve problems
- Disc or joint problems, limping
- Injuries from slips, falls, and accidents
- Jaw, TMJ problems, difficulty chewing
- Event or sports injuries
- Any recurring condition, such as vomiting, respiratory or urinary infections, diarrhea or constipation
- Seizures or neurological problems
For animal chiropractic care to be safe and effective, practitioners must be properly trained in animal adjusting. Parker University is proud to have the only animal chiropractic program offered by an accredited chiropractic school in North America where Parker students can join DCs and DVMs in a course of study that prepares them to sit for the AVCA certification exam.
Animal chiropractic is not intended to replace traditional veterinary care, but is a way to keep animals healthy, active, and energetic without the use of medications or surgery. When used together, chiropractic and veterinary care can provide the maximum health benefits to animals so they can live long, happy lives.
Parker University Veterinary Research Clinic offers routine veterinary care and chiropractic care for small animal pets belonging to students, employees, and alumni of Parker University. We also see chiropractic referral cases for the general public.
Meet Our Animal Chiropractic Expert
Gene Giggleman, DVM: A Magna Cum Laude graduate of Texas A&M Veterinary School where he was awarded the prestigious Cable Scholarship in small animal medicine, Dr. Giggleman is now Dean of Academic Affairs at Parker University. He has been awarded the Outstanding Teacher Award over 30 times, a testament to his passion for teaching and his belief in the students. A practicing veterinarian who has been adjusting animals for over 15 years, he has run several successful small animal veterinary practices in the DFW area since 1981. Despite his busy schedule, Dr. Giggleman manages to find time to lecture around the country on both the fundamentals and benefits of animal chiropractic and animal adjusting. He is currently serving as the president of the American Veterinary Chiropractic Association.
Dallas Morning News: Animal Adjustments - Part I
Dallas Morning News: Animal Adjustments - Part II